2 Fantasy Football Busts Candidates for 2019: Tyler Lockett and Sony Michel

Every year in the fantasy football world players disappoint fantasy owners in terms of production on the field. Fantasy Owners everywhere can agree that the worst feeling is when you spend a top pick on a player that ends up not producing. Listed below are two players that I think are being too overhyped and will underperform on the season.

Tyler Lockett

Coming off a scorching hot season, this Seahawks wide receiver is drawing plenty of interest from fantasy owners. Obviously, since he is on this list I think he is a little too overhyped and is not going to produce at the level expected, and here is why. His average draft position of WR27 implies that he is slotted for a WR2/Flex role, the same role he took on last year. A quick glance at his numbers from last year should draw concern for PPR fantasy owners as he only brought in 57 catches and the bulk of his points came from the 10 touchdowns he brought in. When it comes to wide receivers in PPR scoring I want to rely on target share and receptions, not touchdowns like Lockett relies on. Also, Lockett ranked 58th in targets and 86th in red zone target share. That alone proves his lack of volume. The stat that tops this off for me is that the Seahawks ranked dead last in pass plays per game, and that is not looking like it will change as the team features a mobile QB and two capable running backs. I am fading Tyler Lockett for the 2019 fantasy season.

Sony Michel

The Patriots backfield has always been confusing to fantasy owners, and this year that is not changing one bit; the platoon consists of 3 quality backs. Though this running back is seeming to gain more attention than the rest, through my research, I did not find any stats to back up why that is the case. Michel as of today is being drafted at RB16 placing him as a high end RB2 with the hopes of an RB1 finish. In the Patriots crowded backfield, the chances of that are slim. In the last seven years, the Patriots have never had back to back seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher and Michel who had 931 yards (missed 3 games) will not repeat the numbers he had last year. With a production premium of -27.0 and lackluster yards per touch/yards per carry, I do not envision a high-end RB2 finish for Michel. The hype that got built around him primarily came from the excessive number of touchdowns he recorded in the postseason. Sort of like Lockett, Michel relies heavily on touchdowns and with two other running backs and plenty of other offensive weapons in the system, I will be looking elsewhere to find my RB2 for the season.


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