5 Players Worth Dropping from Fantasy Rosters After Week 4
We've made it four weeks into the 2013 fantasy football campaign, and already some disappointing trends have emerged.
Fantasy owners who dropped a top-five pick on Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin have been left holding the bag, with no indication that's going to change.
The same goes for wide receivers Danny Amendola of the New England Patriots and Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons.
One injured star can't get on the field. The other isn't doing anything while he's on it.
For some players, the outlook is even bleaker. With the bye weeks in full swing, roster spots have become much more valuable. They can't be wasted on dead weight.
Unfortunately, that's what these players are, and it's time to cut them loose.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Entering the 2013 season, many fantasy pundits thought Carson Palmer had quite a bit of "sleeper" appeal as the new quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.
After all, Palmer topped 4,000 passing yards for the Oakland Raiders in 2012, and he didn't have Larry Fitzgerald to throw to in Oakland.
So much for that plan.
Through four games Palmer is on pace to hit the 4,000-yard mark again, but he's thrown more interceptions (six) than touchdown passes (four) and has a passer rating of less than 70.
Palmer is averaging an anemic 12.7 fantasy points per game in CBS Sports scoring, which ranks him 32nd among quarterbacks.
Palmer needs time. The Cardinals' rotten offensive line isn't giving it to him, and fantasy owners have given him enough already.
Any Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back Not Named Le'Veon Bell
Whether it's Jonathan Dwyer, Felix Jones or Isaac Redman, the refrain is the same with all three of these running backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Au revoir, Jonathan.
The reason is simple. The bell rang that signaled an end to whatever fantasy value the trio may have had.
That Bell, of course, is Le'Veon, who immediately assumed an every-down role for the Steelers upon his Week 4 return from a foot injury.
Frankly, given how wholly uninspiring the trio looked the first three weeks of this season, Bell owners can make better use of a roster spot than by handcuffing any of them to the rookie.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
UPDATE (10/1/2013): As Conor Orr of The Newark Star-Ledger Reports, the New York Giants surprisingly cut tailback Da'Rel Scott on Tuesday.
That roster move would appear to indicate a larger role for David Wilson on passing downs, and the second-year pro has been granted a stay of fantasy execution.
This one comes with a caveat.
Even though there probably hasn't been a bigger fantasy bust at running back this year than David Wilson of the New York Giants, I'm still loathe to recommend dropping a player outright who many fantasy owners drafted as their RB2.
Wilson is still a very talented young back, and if the Giants are going to halt their free-fall, the team has to get better at running the ball.
However, the fact remains that Wilson has gained 130 yards on the ground for the season. He ranks 65th among running backs in CBS Sports scoring. Wilson leaves the field on third downs and at the goal line.
There's still some hope here, but if you have a short bench and bye-week issues, then the time has come when you can't afford to wait for it.
Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Given that Palmer made an appearance earlier in this slideshow, it shouldn't be a big surprise that one of the wide receivers for the Cardinals would find himself on the list as well.
However, it isn't just Palmer's struggles that's getting Andre Roberts the hook in Week 4.
In Week 1, Roberts had eight catches for 97 yards. In the three games since, he's had five catches for 48 yards.
In each of the past two games, Roberts has posted a single six-yard reception.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Roberts' targets have decreased in every game this season, from nine in Week 1 to only two in Week 4.
That's a whole lot of numbers headed in the wrong direction.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
In Week 1, it appeared that Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek might be set for a return to fantasy relevance.
Sure, Celek only caught two passes, but one went for a 28-yard score, and given how fantastic the Philadelphia offense looked in that game, it appeared every player for the Eagles could have some fantasy value in 2013.
However, since that game the bloom has come off the rose in Philly, and as the Eagles offense has struggled so has Celek.
Five catches for 75 yards is a solid fantasy week for a tight end.
Over three weeks? Not so much.