The last two headliners on my Players to Drop column have been awesome rough.
To be fair, I didn’t know Eddie Lacy was going to suddenly find his treadmill spirituality (I assume he found it under a box of Thin Mints) and I didn’t know Philip Rivers was going to shave his Ron Jeremy mustache. Had I been privy to this information I wouldn’t have suggested dropping them. There are two strikes against me but what’s done is done and we’re on to Cincinnati Week 13.
Please accept my version of a Brock Lesnar sincere apology.
Week 12 for Fantasy Football owners was the equivalent of whatever new drug is being advertised during re-runs of Law & Order; It is common to experience discomfort, changes in behavior or sudden hostility. Mood swings may occur for up to three hours at a time. People have reported difficulty sleeping, a heightened sense of frustration, even memory loss. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, depression and loss of bowel control.
Tony Romo, Jimmy Graham, Chris Johnson and Rob Gronkowski (Side Note: Gronkowski is Polish for Touchdown) are the latest round of stars to end up on the injury report for owners. Eddie Redmayne Stephen Hawking once said, “while there’s life, there’s hope”. So, we march forward and put our faith in the likes of David Johnson, Scott Chandler and Sean Jean Shaun Draughn.
Week 13 Players to Drop
As always, we’re playing by Talladega Nights rules here folks. If you ain’t first, you’re last!
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Argument for keeping Ryan Tannehill:
Much like Greg Focker’s portfolio, the remaining schedule for Tannehill is strong, to quite strong. You could make the case that Tannehill has a plus matchup in every game for the remainder of the season.
Argument for dropping Ryan Tannehill:
Tannehill comes into Week 13 as the 16th highest scoring quarterback in standard scoring leagues. Mariah Carey’s Music Box is the 16th highest selling album of all time, that doesn’t mean it’s good. It’s hot garbage.
The team’s second leading receiver, Rishard Matthews, may be out for the remainder of the season due to injury, there are rumors swirling about Tannehill being out as starting quarterback after this season or next. The Dolphins are in a rut and while garbage time salvaged last week’s stats for Tannehill, the circumstances are not ideal.
This week the Dolphins fired offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor. If your offense wasn’t great with a guy named Lazor running the show, it surely isn’t going to be anything special now. Lazor is being replaced by Coach Taylor, but not the good Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights. Zac Taylor takes over the play calling duties for the Dolphins moving forward.
Who is Zac Taylor you ask? Zac Taylor is married to Mike Sherman’s daughter. Taylor was hired as an assistant coach at Texas A&M, working for Mike Sherman. Mike Sherman was then hired to become the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. Then, miraculously, the Miami Dolphins hired Taylor, working under his father in law Mike Sherman. Mike Sherman was then fired from the Miami Dolphins for being terrible at his job. Obviously the natural progression was to then promote Zac Taylor.
Good luck with alllllllll that, Miami.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Remaining Opponents: Irrelevant
I’ve done my best to avoid putting injured players on my drop list but this, much like douchebags Affliction shirts at the gym, simply can’t be avoided. Lynch had sports hernia surgery due to an abdominal, core muscle injury. This recommendation is two fold. One, Dr. David J. Chao (Best follow on Twitter if you don’t follow him already, @ProFootballDoc) said on November 25th this would most likely be a 6 week injury for Marshawn. Using that timetable, that all but eliminates Lynch completely from the Fantasy Football season. Lynch is still owned in 89 percent of Yahoo leagues and 93 percent of CBS leagues however. Two, Sir Thomas Rawls. Rawls has burst onto the scene like Mike, The Situation, in 2009. Unlike The Situation, Rawls appears to be quite talented and should remain deserving of our attention. If only Lynch and The Situation could switch abs for a month … Skittles joke.
Antonio Andrews, Dexter McCluster & David Cobb, Tennessee Titans
Remaining Opponents: Jacksonville Jaguars, @ New York Jets, @ New England Patriots, Houston Texans
Argument for keeping Antonio Andrews:
I can see making a case for Antonio Andrews being a sneaky play in Week 13. The Titans are home favorites in what’s projected to be a low scoring game, normally this scenario suggests a solid running back performance.
Question: What’s the only other scenario that would be considered acceptable for rostering Andrews? Answer: Adding or keeping him in order to prevent another team in your league from using him. If there’s a team on the playoff bubble and they recently lost Justin Forsett, Chris Johnson or Marshawn Lynch due to injury, they may be desperate and in need of a warm body. This is where you ask yourself, “What would Kobe Bryant do?” Kobe is was ruthless and would step on the throat of his opponent whenever possible. And if Kobe would do it, you know it’s a good idea!
Argument for dropping Antonio Andrews:
The Tennessee Titans play the New York Jets in Week 14 and the New England Patriots in Week 15. If you’re in a deep league where there are limited options at your disposal, keeping Andrews is understandable. However, if you’re in a 10 team or shallow league, you should be able to find better matchups or a player with higher upside for your championship run.
Andrews took over the lead rushing duties in Week 3 for the Titans but hasn’t given Fantasy Football owners much production outside of a possible bye week replacement, as he currently ranks 32nd in standard scoring at the running back position since that Week 3 introduction.
Swipe left on the Tennessee backfield.
Kendall Wright, Tennesee Titans
Remaining Opponents: Jacksonville Jaguars, @ New York Jets, @ New England Patriots, Houston Texans
Kendall Wright may be the Bryan Cranston of wide receivers. No, not the Walter White Bryan Cranston, the Tim Whatley Bryan Cranston. Long before Cranston became TV’s ultimate, must see, badass, he was the Penthouse loving dentist. And while Kendall Wright might be one of the best slot receivers in the league after a few years with Mariota at the helm, right now he’s just that guy, from that thing.
Kendall Wright and the Tennessee Titans face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13. While the Jaguars are the worst struggling, they continue to rank in the middle of the pack regarding fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. After this week, the schedule becomes quite difficult so if you weren’t already sold on dropping Wright, if he continues to underperform in Week 13, consider dropping him a safe bet.
In standard scoring leagues, Wright is currently wide receiver 58. He hasn’t exceeded 50 receiving yards in a game since Week 3 and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 7.
Marcus Mariota has shown flashes of production but seems locked in on Delanie Walker being the number one target in the offense. Wright should be the beneficiary of being the primary receiver but there are simply too many other options out there on the waiver wire worth taking a chance on at this point in the season.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Remaining Opponents: Seattle Seahawks, @ Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, New York Giants
Kyle Rudolph comes into Week 13 as tight end 16 in standard scoring leagues yet he’s owned in nearly 50 percent of both Yahoo and CBS leagues. His upcoming schedule is magnificent for tight ends, he plays in an offense with a young quarterback that prefers the safe throw and is geared to run the ball. On top of that, Kyle Rudolph looks like an actual Viking. He should be awesome.
These are the things I know to be true: The Vikings are 6-0 when Teddy Bridgewater throws for under 200 yards. Teddy Bridgewater has 8 passing touchdowns in 11 games this season. The Vikings, with Teddy Bridgewater, are 31st in passing yards per game and passing touchdowns. Teddy Bridgewater hates Fantasy Football. Teddy Bridgewater hates Kyle Rudolph.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
Remaining Opponents: Houston Texans, @ Philadelphia Eagles, @ Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys
The upcoming schedule for Clay is brutal, front row of a Pitbull sponsored Bud Light event level bad. The remaining opponents for the Bills are all in the top 9 of fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. Not good.
To make matters worse for Clay, the Bills, like Pitbull, seem to have found their rhythm but unlike Pitbull, the Bills don’t over emphasize the tight end. Clay currently ranks as the 18th tight end in standard scoring leagues, hasn’t caught a touchdown since Week 3 and hasn’t exceeded 60 yards receiving since Week 6. Over the last 6 weeks of the NFL season, Clay ranks 43rd in scoring tight ends (gross).
Pitbull’s pants are too tight.
Honorable Mention: I’m giving these guys another week or so
- Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos
- Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins
- Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints
- Vernon Davis, TE, Denver Broncos
Still not sold? Below is a quick rundown of players I have recommended to be dropped along with the link to the full column in that week’s headline.
- Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
- Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans
- Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
- DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
- Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
- Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
- Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
- Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears
- Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
- Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
- Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
- Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans
- Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts
- Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
- Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
- Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
- Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
- Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
- Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
- Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
- Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
- Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills
- Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
- Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
- C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
- C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints
- Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
- Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
- Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
- Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
- Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
- Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons
- Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
- Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
- Mike Wallace, WR, Minnesota Vikings
- Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins
- Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
- Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
- James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
- Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
- Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
- Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots
- James White, RB, New England Patriots
- Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
- Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers
- Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
- Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers
- Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins
- Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
- Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
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