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Five guys to avoid in the first five rounds of fantasy drafts

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans in action on the field prior to the start of their game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

With free agency and the draft in the books, now is the perfect time to start planning for your 2016 fantasy football drafts. In this piece, we’ll take a look at five players to avoid in each of the first five rounds or your redraft leagues.

The diehards have already begun drafting, and instead of looking to mock drafts, we’ll use data from real MFL leagues. MFL leagues tend to feature a high percentage of industry players at this time, and I believe leveraging this ADP data will only make us better. Let’s take a look.

Round 1: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Although Hopkins finished as one of fantasy’s elite wide receivers in 2015, his story was a tale of two seasons. In the Texans’ first eight games, Hopkins saw 35 more targets and finished with 21 more receptions for 219 more yards than in the final eight. It’s no coincidence that second-half improvements from a healthier Texans’ defense matched up with the downtick in Hopkins’ raw numbers. About 56 percent of Hopkins’ fantasy points came when the Texans were trailing.

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