5 Players Worth Dropping from Fantasy Football Rosters After Week 2

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystSeptember 17, 2013

5 Players Worth Dropping from Fantasy Football Rosters After Week 2

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    Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season has come and gone, and with it a few trends have already revealed themselves for fantasy football.

    Wide receivers are putting up gaudy scores left and right. The same can't be said for running backs, as many of the big guns in the backfield have struggled out of the gate.

    Those backs aren't alone. For every player who has shined so far this year (like, say, every offensive player for the Philadelphia Eagles), there has been one who has staged a disappearing act in the early going.

    Generally speaking, patience is a virtue in fantasy football. Knee-jerk player drops backfire as often as not. 

    However, sometimes you need to know when to let go. For the players on this list, it's time.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos

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    You know, it wasn't that long ago that Ronnie Hillman was running as the first-team tailback in the Denver Broncos backfield.

    Of course, it also wasn't that long ago that people thought flip phones were bleeding-edge tech.

    Hillman fumbled away the lead job in the preseason, and now the second-year pro finds himself buried behind Knowshon Moreno and rookie Montee Ball.

    Five carries for 18 yards through two games isn't going to help your fantasy team much, and at this point, there's no reason to believe things are going to change anytime soon with Hillman.

Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints

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    In 2012, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore caught 65 passes for a career-high 1,041 yards in 15 games. Moore, 30, also hauled in six touchdowns, finishing among the top 25 fantasy options at WR in PPR leagues.

    Ah, the good ol' days.

    Through two games, Moore has hauled in three receptions for 38 yards. Even more alarmingly, Moore's catch rate in 2013 is a dismal 37.5 percent, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

    With fantasy options such as Marlon Brown of the Baltimore Ravens and Eddie Royal of the San Diego Chargers emerging on the waiver wire, a receiver making 1.5 catches a game is imminently expendable.

Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman topped 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career last year, finishing just outside the top 12 at his position in fantasy points in most leagues.

    The fifth-year pro tailed off in the second half last season, but those numbers were still enough for many fantasy owners to take a flier on Freeman as a backup under center.

    However, 2013 has been a disaster (in more ways than one). Through two weeks, Freeman is averaging just 167.5 passing yards per game and completing fewer than half of his passes at 45.3 percent.

    Freeman currently ranks 30th among fantasy quarterbacks, just behind Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns.

    The phrase "just behind Brandon Weeden" tells you everything you need to know.

    Bye-bye, Josh.

Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans

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    Kenny Britt is a very talented young player. There was a time when many expected the 24-year-old to become one of the truly elite players at his position.

    In 2010, Britt caught 42 passes for 775 yards and nine touchdowns. Since then, it's been a series of injuries and off-field incidents for Britt, who had only seven scoring grabs in 2011 and 2012 combined.

    This year, many believed that Britt, now healthy, would finally get back on track.

    So far, not so much.

    Britt has five catches for 43 yards through Week 2, and he's been on the sidelines for nearly 25 percent of Tennessee's snaps, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Those numbers are alarming for a supposed No. 1 wideout.

    Granted, it's sometimes hard to cut bait on a player with Britt's supposed upside, but in the Titans offense, how much "upside" is really even there?

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions

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    Over the first two weeks of the 2013 season, a number of tight ends have emerged as exciting new fantasy options, including Jordan Cameron of the Cleveland Browns and Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos.

    Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew was once in the same boat, as he caught 83 passes in 2011. But his numbers were down last year, and so far this season, Pettigrew has managed only five catches for 38 yards.

    Through two games, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranks Pettigrew next to last among tight ends in the passing game.

    Given that receiving is all fantasy owners care about from their tight ends, it's time to move on from Pettigrew.