Fantasy Football Week Five Waiver Wire: Cut Them Loose

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 7, 2009

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Laveranues Coles #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals dives for a ball as he is defended by Eric Wright #24 of the Cleveland Browns during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

We’ve all been there. You hold a guy on your roster week after week, watching precious free agents land on other teams. You keep waiting for your player to break out.

Maybe you think he’s got too much talent and potential, or maybe it’s a tough schedule that’s been holding him back.

Regardless of whether any of these things are true, the fact is sometimes we keep bad fantasy football players for way too long. By the time you realize they’re not going to produce for your team, it may be way too late.

That’s why the Bruno Boys will be with you all season long to give you advice on who to cut loose.

Week Four marks the end of the first quarter of the season; as such we now are seeing players’ true colors. That means it’s time to get rid of those players on your roster who have consistently underperformed, and as always, it’s crucial to get rid of the guys who are hampered by injuries that will keep them out for extended periods of time.

Here are the players you should consider dropping after four weeks of football play.

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 Five Waiver Wire: Pick Them Up so you can start planning on whom to pick up to replace them.

Remember, you can always visit our FORUMS to get your questions answered about waiver wire candidates, players to drop, or anything at all related to fantasy football.



Byron Leftwich (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

After an intense QB competition during the offseason, Byron Leftwich beat out Luke McCown and rookie Josh Freeman to assume the role of the Bucs' starting QB. While he didn’t get off to the worst of starts, completing 58 of 107 passes for 594 yards, four TDs, and three INTs, Tampa Bay’s offense just wasn’t clicking with him under center throughout the first three weeks of the season.

As a result, the Buccaneers benched Leftwich for Josh Johnson, a second-year player once thought to be better suited to the wide receiver position. Johnson started off his first game with a bang, scoring on his first pass to Antonio Bryant after the Redskins fumbled in their own territory.

Considering the Bucs benched Leftwich for a second-year question mark, he has no value going forward unless Johnson gets injured. Even then, the Bucs would probably go with Josh Freeman instead.


Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins)

The Washington Redskins have a bad offense right now, and Campbell isn’t doing anything to help it. In Campbell’s first three games, the Redskins’ QB threw just two interceptions but had fumbled the ball five times. This past weekend, Campbell continued his poor play with another three interceptions despite throwing for two TDs and 170 yards.

If you don’t have any other options, Campbell may have a good game here and there. However, from what we’ve seen so far, the Redskins don’t look to improve all that much—and as history has shown us, Campbell doesn’t either. Drop him if you have a better option.



James Davis (Cleveland Browns)

After a promising offseason, rookie James Davis was expected to take over as the Browns' starting running back at some point during the season. Thanks to Jamal Lewis’ less than explosive running and injuries, it looked like that was going to happen sooner than expected.

Unfortunately, Davis is now going to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. He may be the Browns' back of the future, so keeper league owners may want to hold onto him, but it’s safe to drop Davis in all seasonal leagues.


Mike Bell (New Orleans Saints)

The way the Saints keep flip-flopping their running backs, it’s hard to tell who is worth keeping. Pierre Thomas ran 19 times for 86 yards and a TD this past Sunday against the Jets, while Bell was held out for a second straight game due to a sprained knee and is expected to be out until week six at the very least.

Bell may be worth keeping if you have space, but if you are passing on better options, consider the fact that the Saints are not particularly endorsing one back at the moment. If Thomas continues to play well, Bell could fade into fantasy darkness like he did when he was in Denver, as the Saints will be loyal to Thomas, who came on strong for them at the end of 2008.


Laveranues Coles (Cincinnati Bengals)

In his first three games with the Bengals, Laveranues Coles only had eight catches for 54 yards. This past Sunday Coles did not fare any better with two catches for just 24 yards. With a healthy Carson Palmer, fantasy owners were hoping Coles' consistency in the past would transfer over to the Bengals. So far, it’s not happening.

It seems the Bengals have yet to find a way to use Coles effectively. Maybe it's age or maybe it's the Bengals' inconsistent offense, but Coles isn’t worth keeping at this point. Unless something changes, look for other options.


Donnie Avery (St. Louis Rams)

After a sensational rookie year, Avery has come back down to earth with a huge “thud.” He’s battled various injuries since the offseason and in the first three games only caught 10 passes for 62 yards. This past Sunday he hauled in three passes for 47 yards—not the worst performance, but not enough to warrant a roster space.

The Rams’ offense is horrible, and Avery’s fantasy value will suffer along with it. There is a chance he might redeem himself later in the season, but it doesn’t look likely. Avery is still a second-year receiver and has a lot to learn. Don’t wait on him this year unless you have no other options.



Zach Miller (Oakland Raiders)

There is no doubt that Miller may very well be the Raiders' best receiver, but that doesn’t mean that much on an offense that is struggling as much as Oakland's is. Miller hasn’t scored a TD yet this season and has only racked up 11 catches for 146 yards. On Sunday against Houston, he caught three catches for a pedestrian 33 yards.

There are worse options at tight end since Miller is so talented, but as long as JaMarcus Russell is throwing him the ball and the Oakland running game keeps coughing it up, Miller has lost most of the fantasy value he had coming into 2009.