Fantasy Football Rankings 2023: Busts from same NFL model that called Ezekiel Elliott’s down year

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The Packers have gone from one of the most consistent offenses to one of the biggest unknowns entering 2023 Fantasy football drafts. There’s a combination of excitement and apprehension with Jordan Love taking over for future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is playing for the Jets after 18 years in Green Bay. Love didn’t have much success in the two games he’s seen extended playing time, but being a backup is different from becoming a full-time starter. Can you feel confident about Love in the 2023 Fantasy football rankings? Should playmakers like Aaron Jones, AJ Dillion and Christian Watson be adjusted during your 2023 Fantasy football draft prep? As you begin your 2023 Fantasy football draft prep, be sure to check out the 2023 Fantasy football cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

Last year, the model accurately predicted that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would fail to live up to his Fantasy football ADP. Elliott was coming off the board in the fourth round on average but produced a career-low 986 scrimmage yards on 248 touches. He finished as the No. 22 running back in PPR leagues. The model projected that he’d finish outside the top 20 running backs for the season and helped owners avoid an early-round mistake.

The model has a proven track record providing Fantasy football tips, calling Tony Pollard a sleeper last year and also identifying A.J. Brown as a sleeper in 2020, along with players like Julio Jones and JuJu Smith-Schuster as Fantasy football busts last season. Additionally, it’s called past Fantasy football sleepers like Derrick Henry in 2019, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara in 2018, and Davante Adams in 2017. Anybody who banked on players like those made a run at their league title.  

The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The projections update multiple times daily, so you’re always getting the best Fantasy football advice.

Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NFL season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy football rankings 2023, along with plenty of sleepers, breakouts and busts. Head to SportsLine now to see them

Top 2023 Fantasy football busts

One of the 2023 Fantasy football busts the model is predicting: Steelers wide receiver George Pickens. The Georgia product was a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft despite missing most of his final season in Athens with an injury and turned heads during training camp as a rookie with several highlight-reel plays. That helped him scale the Steelers depth chart and he wound up turning in a solid rookie season despite poor overall quarterback play, catching 52 passes for 801 yards and four scores.

Now, many Fantasy football managers seem to expect him to take a step forward in 2023, as he sports a 2023 Fantasy football ADP of 76.84. However, Pickens’ route profile leaves room for concern. He’s deep ball dependent with an average depth of target (15.7) that ranked third among NFL receivers last year. Until quarterback Kenny Pickett proves that he can make those down-the-field throws on a consistent basis, the model isn’t buying the hype and ranks Pickens below Brandin Cooks and teammate Diontae Johnson, who are both being drafted at least 25 picks later on average.

Another bust that SportsLine’s Fantasy football rankings 2023 have identified: Panthers running back Miles Sanders. After spending the first four years of his career in Philadelphia, Sanders begins the first year of a four-year, $25.4 million contract with the Panthers. Sanders had a career season with the Eagles last year, rushing for 1,269 yards, more than 30% better than his previous season -high.

However, Sanders goes from one of the best offenses in the NFL to a retooled one in Carolina. The Eagles had a run-centric offense that led the league in rushing touchdowns (32), eight more than the next highest (Cowboys, 24). Sanders had 11 rushing scores in 17 games last season, two more than he did in 40 games over his first three seasons. There’s no guarantee that success will translate to Carolina. Last year was Sanders’ first 1,000-yard season and with rookie Bryce Young at quarterback, the Panthers could fall behind early in games, leading to fewer opportunities for Sanders to impact the game on the ground. See which other Fantasy football busts 2023 to avoid here.

How to find proven 2023 Fantasy football rankings

SportsLine is also extremely low on a wide receiver who is being drafted as a top-15 player at his position. The model ranks him outside its top 24 wide receivers for 2023 and expects him to see major regression. You can only see who it is, and the 2023 Fantasy football rankings for every player, at SportsLine.

So which 2023 Fantasy Football busts should you avoid, and which receiver will fail to live up to expectations in 2023? Visit SportsLine now to get 2023 Fantasy Football cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that told you to avoid Ezekiel Elliott in 2022, and find out.

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