Week 1 Waiver Wire: Brandon Weeden and Players Fantasy Owners Should Dump

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 9, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 09: Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles during their season opener at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Brandon Weeden may have a solid future as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback, but fantasy owners can't afford to have him on their team through his growing pains.

In Week 1, Weeden threw for only 118 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions. That isn't even worth having on your bench. As a matter of fact, Weeden may not hold off Colt McCoy as the starter if he doesn't improve.

Because of his age and experience in a pro-style offense, some fantasy owners may have viewed Weeden as a late-round sleeper. Week 1 should prove that he has a ways to go before he can pay any fantasy dividends.

With the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens on the schedule in the first five weeks, things don't figure to get easier for Weeden.

My advice would be to dump him if you got him.

Here are two other players who need to hit the waiver wire after Week 1:


Fred Jackson

I love Jackson, but after only playing in 10 games in 2011, he was injured again in Week 1. Plus, the Buffalo Bills have the very capable C.J. Spiller as an option.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports via Twitter:

Initial diagnosis for Bills RB Fred Jackson is a sprained left lateral collateral ligament. Jackson is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) Sept. 9, 2012

Even if he can come back from this specific injury, Jackson has earned the injury-prone label. He's what you call a "trap player." His talent is evident, as he racked up 1,376 total yards in 10 games last year; because of that ability, you may have drafted him with an early selection.

However, that doesn't do a fantasy owner much good if the player spends significant time on the shelf.

Jackson isn't worth the risk right now.


Rashad Jennings

Jennings could have made a statement in Week 1. He got the start over Maurice Jones-Drew because of the latter's holdout.

With MJD open to a trade, per ESPN, Jennings could have been the long-term successor. That may have crumbled when Jennings injured his knee in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings.

Jennings missed all of 2011 with a knee injury, and this most recent situation all but extinguishes his fantasy value.

It is safe and advisable to let him go if he's on your team.


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