Whether you’re 2-0, 1-1 or 0-2, using the laws of Deflategate, it’s more probable than not that you’re generally aware of a free agent on the waiver wire who would look just perfect on your roster. There’s just one problem. You scroll through your squad and can’t decide which player is no longer worthy of your weekend intoxicated disappointment and frustration. This column is designed to comfort you in moving on from the players who will help you finish in 6th place.
Owners of Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Drew Brees, Tevin Coleman, Andre Ellington, Victor Cruz, Arian Foster, Todd Gurley and Eddie Lacy can tell you that even though it’s only Week 3, bench spots are to be used wisely.
Let’s take a quick look at last week’s recommendations:
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans, Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants, DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins, Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers, Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers and Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens.
This most likely served you well outside of Flacco. I suppose I should eat a little crow (Raven) given Flacco’s stat line Sunday. (Random crow eating reference, the episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia when Frank eats the dead crow on the way to the animal rights fundraiser. So horrible. So good.) I stand behind my advice; as I believe he would be better served as a streaming, matchup dependent, play rather than someone taking up full time bench slot. Before you go touting Crockett Gillmore as the next sure thing, look up what Tyler Eifert put up against the Oakland Raiders the Week 1. (Fantasy side note: start your tight ends against the Raiders going forward) As you may have guessed at this point, I’m not the biggest Joe Flacco supporter. I noticed this weekend that Flacco is going with a new, fashionable, hairstyle. It’s happening. Super Bowl victory, then the big contract. Now the new look. Pretty soon Ravens fans will fondly remember the days of Flacco trotting out to the huddle on Sundays with his rock solid unibrow and flowbee haircut (it sucks… as it cuts: It’s Sucking My Will To Live). He’s the Skynet of quarterbacks. He’s becoming self aware.
Let’s get to it. Rip the band-aid off and take a look at who to cut in this week’s reaper report.
Week 3 Players to Drop
As always, we’re playing by Talladega Nights rules here folks. If you ain’t first, you’re last!
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
The quarterback everyone loves to hate could potentially be sidelined for the next few weeks due to a hamstring injury suffered Sunday. Frankly, whether he was going to miss time or not, Jay Cutler can hit your waiver wire without you losing any sleep over it. Even more frankly, Fantasy Football Jay Cutler is only the 4th best thing about Jay Cutler. Ranking ahead of him are wife, Kristin Cavallari, the Smokin’ Jay Cutler website (http://smokinjaycutler.tumblr.com/) and four time Mr. Olympia winner Jay Cutler.
Offensive guru, Marc Trestman is gone, Brandon Marshall is gone, Alshon Jeffery has a bad hamstring, tight end Martellus Bennett doesn’t catch touchdowns in the second half of the season anyway and the Bears certainly don’t have the league’s most favorable schedule ahead of them. I don’t mind using Cutler as a streaming option for certain matchups during the year if things start to improve but for now, I’d rather use my bench spot more effectively.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
You may remember Michael Floyd from such fantasy relevant seasons as 2013 and … well, actually, that’s it.
Floyd was certainly productive in 2013, eclipsing 1,000 yards and hauling in 5 touchdowns but he disappointed fantasy owners last year and looks primed to do the same again in 2015. Floyd was held without a catch this week and was targeted a measly one time, but at least he made it into the stat sheet by having an offensive pass interference call go against him. Floyd has talent but it’s clear he’s a JAG (Just Another Guy) in Bruce Arians’ offense.
Carson Palmer’s preference for targeting both Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown ahead of Michael Floyd is well documented at this point and this trend doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
It’s early in his season, but Michael Floyd looks like nothing more than a decoy in Arizona’s offense
— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) September 22, 2015
Both Fitzgerald and Palmer have made mention of a possible John Brown coming out party this season. Brown was even invited to live with Palmer and his family in the offseason (The new Odd Couple? I’d rather watch that than whatever that reality show is DeSean Jackson is on). If Fitzgerald or Brown were to go down with an injury then Floyd certainly has the potential to once again be a wide receiver worth starting but as for now, I’d look elsewhere.
Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
Randle is that player who isn’t owned in over 50 percent of any leagues but is seemingly owned in every league. Through two games this season, Randle has been targeted on just nine percent of Eli Manning wobbly balls. Manning is an inefficient quarterback and Randle is an extremely inefficient wide receiver, converting only 55 percent of his targets last season. The emergence of Odell Beckham Jr., the addition of Shane Vereen to the passing game and the impending return of Victor Cruz all suggest we’re on the verge of seeing less Rueben Randle in the near future and as Evan from Superbad famously once said, that’s the world I one day want to live in.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Disclaimer: This is somewhat dependent on the severity of Dwayne Allen’s ankle injury suffered on Monday Night Football.
The only thing softer than Coby Fleener’s hair is Coby Fleener himself. Fleener somehow managed to put together a fantasy relevant season in 2014, amassing eight touchdowns and close to 775 yards. I don’t see a repeat this year. Through two games, Fleener has been the target of one Andrew Luck pass but at least it was for five yards.
The Indianapolis Colts added plenty of offensive firepower in the offseason. Frank Gore, Andre Johnson and Philip Dorsett were all added in an attempt to save Chuck Pagano’s job. Falling to 0-2 after last night’s loss to the Jets (Gross), look for the Colts to try and establish some balance to their offense by focusing on the run game.
Jon Gruden dazzled us with his analysis of the Colts offensive line on last night’s broadcast of Monday Night Football, pointing out, “man, these guys aren’t very good, man, ha!.” (I have no idea if he actually said that but the chances that’s a an accurate quote are better than the chances Fleener helps you win a fantasy football championship) As a blocking tight end, Fleener is extremely ineffective which could result in a reduction in snaps moving forward.
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears
Ahhh, the year was 2008. Ray J was everyone’s favorite budding superstar (Don’t look that up at work) and you felt great about moving Eddie Royal into your starting lineup. 2008, let that soak in for a minute. If the words, “the Jimmy Clausen and Eddie Royal connection”, get you excited then use it as the name of your amateur garage band. It has no place in the run for a fantasy football championship.
While Alshon Jeffery’s injury has opened the door for Royal to emerge as a PPR (point per catch) threat, that same door has shut almost immediately. Royal has 13 targets through two games, which sounds promising until you look at the results, 49 yards and 0 touchdowns. Royal is the wide receiver version of NFL RedZone channel’s Scott Hanson. He’s useless unless there’s a touchdown in the mix. Leave this risky player on someone else’s bench and go for gold on the waiver wire.
Honorable Mention Tony Romo, Drew Brees, Nelson Agholor, Joique Bell, Marques Colston
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