Players hurt by scheme changes

Jeremy Maclin among 10 players whose fantasy production could decrease

Originally Published: June 18, 2013
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Jeremy MaclinHoward Smith/US PresswireJeremy Maclin may find fewer touches in Chip Kelly's new offense.

The Jets' decision to take wide receiver Stephen Hill in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft was a testament to the old scouting adage that teams draft traits, not production. After all, Hill finished with just 28 catches during his final season at Georgia Tech, but that was due in large part to the offensive system he played in.

Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson, who previously coached at the Naval Academy, runs a triple option style of offense that severely limits wide receivers' opportunities. While Hill has work to do as a pro, his skills suggest he's more capable than the numbers he put up in college.

The marriage of scheme and talent directly impacts every player's production, with some working out better than others (we recently highlighted players whose production is likely to rise in 2013 with a change of scheme/scenery).

Like Hill at Georgia Tech, there are examples of NFL players whose talents won't be maximized based on a change of scheme or change of scenery for 2013.

Here's our list of 10 players whose fantasy value is due for a dip this season based on such a change, or by the presence of a newcomer in the offense who is likely to take away from his touches.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.