With three weeks behind us, it’s time you can start pruning some players from your roster. Yes, us Bruno Boys recommend you hold onto guys with huge upside for a bit longer, as it’s still early and lots can happen.
However, players who weren’t really expected to be great fantasy football assets in the first place can be dropped if there is a better option on the roster. Before you cut anyone though, do your due diligence.
Check the injury reports, is there a nagging injury that’s keeping this player from performing well, and if so, how long will it last? Check out their past schedule and what teams they will face going forward.
What you don’t want to do is cut loose someone in haste and have them morph into a super stud on someone else’s team. That stings. So before you cut, make the best assessment you can on whether or not it really helps your team.
Note: While you are watching to see if these players can redeem themselves or if you are cutting your losses and dropping some players, you should be checking out Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up so you can start planning on whom to pick up to replace them.
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QUARTERBACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Brady Quinn (Cleveland Browns)
Owners waiting for Quinn to become the league’s next great quarterback are going to have to wait a lot longer, if not for all of eternity. Quinn had another bad performance Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, completing six of eight passes for 34 yards and an interception. While it was against the Ravens, Quinn has not looked good all season.
Quinn’s lousy play was different this week. He got benched for Derek Anderson in the middle of the game. Don’t expect him to get his job back outright and even if he does, it’s looking more and more like he’s not worth the headache.
When head coach Eric Mangini was asked who his Week Four quarterback would be, he basically told the media he had no clue. This is not a boost of confidence for Quinn or his fantasy football owners and unless you like pet projects that can horribly go wrong, don’t waste the roster space.
Marc Bulger (St. Louis Rams)
After starting the season 32 for 64 for just 316 passing yards we hope you were smart enough to drop Bulger from your fantasy roster, but if that wasn’t the case we are now giving you the green light to do so.
Bulger left Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with a bruised shoulder and did not return. His replacement, Kyle Boller, came in and sparked the offense, leading two scoring drives and getting the Rams back in the football game.
Boller struggled down the stretch and the Packers eventually pulled away, but the Rams actually looked like they belonged on offense with Boller in the game. He was poised, showed good pocket presence and made two beautiful throws on touchdown passes to tight end Daniel Fells.
It’s too early in the week to determine if Bulger will be healthy enough to take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week Four but with Bulger starting off 2009 were he left off 2008 don’t be surprised if the Rams coaching staff hands the starting gig over to Boller at some point during the season.
Regardless, Bulger has no business being on your roster from this point on.
JaMarcus Russell (Oakland Raiders)
JaMarcus Russell has not just looked brutal this season, some are saying he’s officially regressed. We are going to have to agree with that assessment. In Week Three against the Denver Broncos, he only completed 12 of 21 passes for a measly 61 yards and was picked off twice.
On the passes that weren’t complete, Russell’s throws were nowhere near his targeted receiver.
Blame it on Russell, the coaches, or the entire Oakland team. It doesn’t matter as Russell is not worth owning at all right now until he can prove otherwise. Unless you have no other options or need him as a backup in a league that starts two quarterbacks, let him go for someone better.
Chad Pennington (Miami Dolphins)
Chad Pennington was already on a short leash and in Week 3 he was taken out of the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Pennington will be likely be done for the season with what is called a “torn capsule” in his throwing shoulder. With this being the case you can drop Pennington from all fantasy football rosters. Keeper and dynasty leagues included.
RUNNING BACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Jerious Norwood (Atlanta Falcons)
Disregard this write up if you own Michael Turner. Norwood is a valuable backup if Turner goes down with an injury. Or if you have space on your roster and like to gamble, he may turn into a decent fantasy football option should anything befall the “Burner” Turner during the season.
That said, Norwood is not living up to expectations and the Falcons offensive staff are not sticking to their story. It was reported that the Falcons intended to give Norwood more carries in 2009. In Week One, he was given the ball twice and rushed for seven yards. In Week Two, he only rushed once for six yards and then got injured.
Norwood was kept out of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots and it’s not yet known when he’ll be back. There is no questioning Norwood’s potential, as he is dynamic and explosive, but if the Falcons continue to use him so infrequently, he serves no role except that of a backup.
Jamal Lewis (Cleveland Browns)
Jamal Lewis has not looked very good so far this season. He has totalled 95 yards for the season and was kept out of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens due to a nagging hamstring injury that he suffered in Week Two. Of course, perhaps that was a blessing in disguise.
Lewis is older, looks slower and plays on a very bad offense. With rookie James Davis and veteran Jerome Harrison waiting to take the carries in Cleveland, if Lewis doesn’t return soon with a bang, he’s not worth holding on to.
Laurence Maroney (New England Patriots)
Not only did Maroney only run the ball 4 times for 17 yards in Week Three, Fred Taylor looked explosive carrying for over 100 yards and a touchdown.
At this point, it may be time to start seriously admitting that if Maroney is going to live up to his potential it will be with another team. The Patriots just aren’t using him a lot and someone with an undefined role is not going to help your fantasy football team.
If you want to gamble and hold onto him, that’s fine but be prepared to be disappointed again this season.
Rashard Mendenhall (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Mendenhall is a great backup for Willie Parker owners or anyone who is in a deep league. However, in Week Three, he had no carries and it looks like Parker will be above him on the depth chart for the rest of the season.
This would be fine if Mendenhall was given more chances as a backup, but right now he’s looking like a glorified handcuff and not worthy of a roster spot unless you are in a deep league.
WIDE RECEIVERS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Domenik Hixon (New York Giants)
Domenik Hixon was kept off the field in Week Three due to a knee injury. However, even when Hixon’s been on the field this year he’s pretty much disappeared, totaling only two catches for 23 yards in the Giants' first two games.
A lot of question marks surrounded the Giants receiving corps coming into this season and Hixon was hoped to be one of the nicely-fitting pieces but that hasn’t been the case.
Hixon may end up being a fantasy football contributor later in the season, but right now Mario Manningham and Steve Smith are getting the bulk of Eli Manning’s passes. If the chemistry between Hixon and Eli can develop and Hixon can stay healthy, expect to see a rise in numbers.
But unless you have the patience and space to keep him, he’s not really worth the roster spot right now.
Anthony Gonzalez (Indianapolis Colts)
Reports are saying that Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez will be out until Week Seven with a strained PCL. Gonzalez was expected to have a breakout season in 2009 and his injury sure puts a damper on a lot of fantasy football owners' plans.
If you have space on your roster to keep him, he may be a great asset to have during the second half of the season. However, even if he doesn’t require surgery, who knows how many games it will take him to get back into true playing form.
If you have other options or need the space, you could make a case for dropping him. Don’t be surprised though if someone snags him up for the latter part of the season.
Michael Crabtree (San Francisco 49ers)
In case you decided to use a filer on Michael Crabtree because of his tremendous upside, it’s time to cut him loose. With no contract and no time spent with the team practicing or learning the offense, it’s safe to say that Crabtree’s fantasy football sleeper status looks more like a fantasy coma at this point.
Drop him and pick up a better option, like a player who may actually see the field in 2009.
TIGHT ENDS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Anthony Fasano (Miami Dolphins)
Maybe it’s because Chad Pennington was injured or just because the Miami Dolphins offense has not been very impressive this season, but Fasano was on the receiving end of zero receptions in Week Three.
Through three games this year Fasano has just three catches for 11 receiving yards and two lost fumbles. Considering at this time last year he had 14 receptions and two touchdowns this isn’t what fantasy football owners expected when drafting him as their first tight end.
Fasano is looking to be a non-factor in a Miami offense that is struggling in the passing game and if you have a better tight end on your Week Four fantasy football waiver wire, it may not be out of the question to let Fasano go at this point.
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*THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY DOMINIC BROWN*