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2017 fantasy football busts: Quarterbacks to avoid in early draft rounds

Winning in fantasy football is as much about finding sleepers and avoiding busts as anything else. Here’s a look at some potential busts in 2017. Check out our full 2017 fantasy football preview draft guide!

Wasting a high draft pick on a dud quarterback really messes up your fantasy season. It’s a mistake you’re reminded of each week as you set your lineup. Let’s look at a few quarterbacks who will likely leave you hurting after the first month of the season.

Kirk Cousins, Washington

Cousins remains in Washington but his receiving group took a big hit. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon moved on to other teams. Washington may be able to run the ball better, but that is also an uncertainty. His elite tight end, Jordan Reed, continues to struggle to remain healthy. Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson are still relatively unproven as starting receivers. I like Cousins but think he’ll regress from his 2015-2016 numbers.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Another NFC East quarterback who shouldn’t be grabbed early is Dak Prescott. His rookie season was phenomenal, but often times that results in a disappointing follow up season. The Cowboys running game continues to set the stage for the offense. Even if Ezekiel Elliott misses time with a suspension, Dallas looks set with Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. Everything seemed to go Prescott’s way and I can’t see that happening in 2017. Expect regression on his passing and rushing numbers with an increase in interceptions.

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Lastly, Derek Carr will be facing one of the toughest schedules in 2017. As well, Oakland runs a balanced, conservative offense which limits Carr’s numbers. The Raiders have also brought in Marshawn Lynch to solidify their running game. Carr will put up pretty good numbers, but avoid overdrafting him based upon his two excellent receivers. His weekly fantasy points don’t justify drafting him early.