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Five potential fantasy football busts to avoid in your league's 2019 draft

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Five potential fantasy football busts to avoid in your league's 2019 draft

Fantasy football is no joke these days. Money is on the line, and more importantly, so are bragging rights. 

There are traps you must avoid, though. We're here to help. 

Not every star will produce huge numbers. One big season doesn't always translate to the next. Sometimes competition is too much. And sometimes, change isn't so good. 

Here are five potential busts to avoid in your fantasy football drafts. 

Antonio Brown, WR, Raiders

Here comes Raider Nation for my head. 

There's no doubt Brown is one of the best -- if not the best -- receivers in the NFL. But there's a recipe for disaster here. 

After nine seasons starring for the Steelers, Brown is in a new offense with a new coach and a new quarterback. All of which haven't come close to the kind of success that Brown's former team, the Steelers, have enjoyed in recent seasons. 

Since Brown was traded to the Raiders this offseason, he's been away from the team more than on the field. The four-time All-Pro has dealt with extreme frostbite to his feet, a helmet grievance and off-field issues in recent weeks. 

That's a whole lot of drama. 

If his feet allow him to cut and run, Brown surely will put up big numbers. But they might not be as godly as past years.

Sony Michel, RB, Patriots 

Michel, the Patriots' top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, put up solid numbers as a rookie. He rushed for 931 yards and six touchdowns and should be New England's lead back this season. 

But Patriots coach Bill Belichick loves to rotate ball-carriers and one down game can put you to the bottom of the depth chart. New England has a plethora of options to choose from and former Alabama running back Damien Harris could easily see touches right away as a rookie.

Michel will be productive for the Pats, just don't make him a top priority for your draft.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos 

Lindsay was one of the best stories in football last season. The Broncos running back went from undrafted to the Pro Bowl.

The reason Lindsay could see his numbers drop in Year 2 is due to the running back Denver actually drafted last year. Royce Freeman was a big disappointment as a third-round draft pick out Oregon last season, rushing for just 521 yards. 

But that could change this season. All reports have Freeman looking great this offseason, and there could be a backfield by committee in Denver. 

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

As Brown could struggle without Roethlisberger, the QB could falter without his top target. 

Roethlisberger is coming off a career-high 5,129 yards passing last season. He's also 37 years old and the Steelers could be turning into more of a running team with a trio of James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell. 

Quarterbacks can defy time much easier in today's NFL, but there are good reasons to believe Roethlisberger's stats could take a step back.

Drew Brees, QB, Saints

Speaking of Father Time, it looks to finally be catching up to Brees. The 40-year-old signal-caller put up solid numbers last season, but many of those don't seem sustainable. 

Brees completed 74.4 percent of his passes last season. That's bound to come down. He rushed for a career-high four touchdowns last year, too. That's not happening again. 

In Brees' final four games of the season, he threw three touchdowns and three of his five interceptions on the year. Brees has put together a historic career, but his numbers will take a tumble this season.

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Five fantasy football sleepers to target in your league's 2019 draft

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Five fantasy football sleepers to target in your league's 2019 draft

The 2019 NFL preseason is underway, which means two things: You're watching a lot of backups play, and it's time for your fantasy football draft. 

What really matters is the latter of the two.

Money is on the line. Bragging rights are on the line. Luckily, it's not too late to be prepared to look like a gridiron genius. And nothing makes you look smarter than finding the steal of the draft. 

Here are five sleepers to target in your fantasy football draft. 

Trey Quinn, WR, Washington

*Extreme Snoop Dogg voice* Who? Quinn could be the sleeper of all sleepers. 

The second-year Washington receiver was receiving rave reviews from coach Jay Gruden before dealing with a thumb injury. He isn't expected to miss serious time, but he might be a serious breakout player. 

Quinn, a seventh-round pick out of SMU in 2018, played in just three games last season and hauled in nine receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Washington doesn't have a star wide receiver, though, and if Case Keenum wins the starting QB job, Quinn could be his new favorite target from the slot. 

As a senior, Quinn had 114 receptions for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns. Look for him to break out and make a name for himself this season.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

Sure, Jackson isn't quite the sleeper that Quinn is. But the Ravens QB has plenty of doubters. 

Jackson is a legitimate threat to run for 1,000 yards as a quarterback and the electrifying QB is a better passer than people give him credit for. He'll have a full season understanding the Ravens' offense and has better players around him this season. 

Baltimore drafted a perfect deep threat in Marquise Brown and signed running back Mark Ingram II. Tight end Mark Andrews is an intriguing option as well. Justice for Lamar Jackson.

Derrius Guice, RB, Washington

Another Washington sleeper to keep an eye on, Guice is extremely talented. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Guice possesses power and speed, running a 4.49 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. 

Guice, however, tore his ACL in his first preseason game last season. He is practicing right now but hasn't been cleared for games yet. 

Once Guice is good to go, look for him to take off. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson might be ahead of him on the depth chart right now, but with his age and talent, Guice soon will be the No. 1 guy in Washington.

Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals

The Cardinals won't be contenders, but their offense could be electric. Arizona drafted receivers Hakeem Butler, Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson while signing former first-rounder Kevin White this offseason. Clearly, that's good news for No. 1 pick Kyler Murray. 

Don't forget about Kirk, though. 

The former second-round pick could thrive in Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Kirk was a star in Texas A&M's spread offense and should fit right in with Kingsbury's love to air it out. 

Wins might not come every week for Arizona, but the Cardinals could be a must-watch team full of offensive highlights.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams

Do you trust Todd Gurley's arthritic knee? If you don't, have your eyes on Henderson.

Gurley is a star when healthy. If his knee starts acting up, the Rams have no issues pushing him to the back. To keep him healthy, they could have Gurley and Henderson share the load.

Henderson appears to be a perfect fit for Sean McVay's offense, too. The third-round draft pick rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior at Memphis and added another 295 yards receiving with three more scores.

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Giants top prospect Joey Bart to play in Arizona Fall League this year

Giants top prospect Joey Bart to play in Arizona Fall League this year

For minor league baseball players, the season comes to an end in early September. But for a handful of the best prospects in the game, it continues just a few weeks later. 

The Arizona Fall League begins September 18 this year, and the Giants' top prospect is scheduled to be there. The league announced Tuesday that Joey Bart will suit up for the Scottsdale Scorpions. 

Talks of Bart playing in the AFL this year became more evident after the catcher missed time with a fractured hand. The Giants would like him to get more at-bats, and he'll do just that against some of the best young talent in the desert. 

Bart already has tackled two levels in the minors this year and the AFL will be another big test for the No. 2 pick from the 2018 MLB Draft. In 57 games with the San Jose Giants, Bart hit .265 with 12 homers, 10 doubles and a .793 OPS before being promoted to Double-A Richmond. 

Through 10 games in Double-A, Bart is batting just .206 in the pitcher-friendly Eastern League. But he did snap an 0-for-11skid Monday and hit his 14th long ball on the year. 

Bart has impressed behind the dish this season and minor league coaches named him the best defensive catcher in the California League while he was in San Jose. The AFL could be the perfect time to experiment with his defense, though. 

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi recently told The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly that he wants Bart to add another position to his arsenal besides catcher. The 22-year-old has served as either catcher or DH in his entire minor league career. The same goes for his time at Georgia Tech. 

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Could the Giants get Bart some time as a first baseman this fall? What about third base? Bart seems like San Francisco's catcher of the future, but adding versatility to his game will only get him to Oracle Park faster. 

For every Bart Bomb at the plate, keep your eyes on if he's playing anywhere else but behind it.