Green Bay Packers: The NFC North All-Avoid Fantasy Football Team

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Total objectivity is a common trait shared by most successful fantasy football managers that adroitly dodge the land mines that annually obliterate the hopes of diehard fanboys and fangirls.

Several losing fantasy squads are, in fact, littered with players taken from the has-been or never-was pile—and oftentimes these athletes happen to play for our favorite teams that we become so emotionally invested in.

Yes, most of us—myself included—have fallen into this trap.

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And then of course, there are others that try to strike it rich with the infamous post-hype sleepers that have yet to accomplish anything noteworthy, but were once overhyped prospects with perceived stratospheric upside.

Nowhere is it written that one can’t recover from a bad pick or two, particularly if they were acquired during the latter part of drafts. But why put yourself in the compromising situation of having to risk making a bad trade to remedy those moves or constantly comb a potentially barren waiver wire?

The NFC North, much like any other division, has its share of well-known veterans that have for one reason or other given us a reason to believe they can be significant contributors on a fantasy contender….even overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise.

Here are five players that you should think twice about adding to your roster and probably outright avoid them altogether in shallow leagues.