Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire: Cut Them Loose
When your fantasy football players can’t cut it, it’s time to “Cut Them Loose.” Too often, though, we can’t bring ourselves to pull the trigger. That’s where the Bruno Boys come in. Alleviating the agony you out there in Bruno Boys Nation experience over those roster moves, we highlight the guys you should cut from your fantasy squads and in our “Keep them Cut” area, guys out there that you need to continue to stay away from. It’s all here in the Fantasy Football Week Six Waiver Wire - Cut Them Loose.
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 6 Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up so you can start planning on whom to pick up to replace them. And, 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.
QUARTERBACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Trent Edwards (Buffalo Bills)
How many chances can a guy have to produce at a high enough level to be fantasy football worthy? Each week Trent Edwards has the matchup to post solid statistics yet it never seems to happen. Outside of his 35 combined fantasy points during the first two weeks, Edwards has put together three consecutive single digit scoring games despite having favorable matchups against the New Orleans Saints (5 points), Miami Dolphins (5 points) and Cleveland Browns (8 points).
The icing on the cake for him making the Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire list came this week when the signal caller completed just 16-of-31 passes for 152 yards and an interception. Known as captain check down, Edwards completed just three passes for more than 10 yards and his 4.8 yards per completion average isn’t going to cut it as a quarterback in the NFL. The signal caller out of Stanford has six turnovers to one touchdown pass over the Bills past three games and with matchups against the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers you are going to want to cut bait with Edwards. Our recommendation to you would be to find a quarterback that can actually attack opposing defenses downfield.
Derek Anderson (Cleveland Browns)
It didn’t take long for Derek Anderson to make our Cut Them Loose list. We thought only JaMarcus Russell could quarterback an entire football game and complete less than five passes, but the Browns' quarterback did just that on Sunday. Facing a Buffalo Bills defense that allows more than 225 passing yards per game, it looked like Anderson was in line for his second straight 15-plus fantasy point game, but the veteran could muster just 23 passing yards on 2-of-17 passing. The crazy part about his day is that the Browns kicked a late field goal to beat the Bills by a score of 6-3.
With head coach Eric Mangini not wasting anytime to find an adequate QB, don’t be surprised if Anderson is a bad game or two from being back on the bench. His minus-two fantasy points was tied for 34th at the QB position in Week Five and Anderson has far from a favorable schedule moving forward. Over the next three weeks the Browns must travel to Pittsburgh and Chicago to take on the Steelers and Bears while playing host to the Green Bay Packers. None of these games are desirable for his fantasy owners so why waste a roster spot on dead weight? Instead add depth elsewhere or snag a waiver-wire QB with a good matchup during your regular QB's bye.
Keep Them Cut - JaMarcus Russell (Oakland Raiders), Jake Delhomme (Carolina Panthers), Byron Leftwich (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
RUNNING BACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
LenDale White (Tennessee Titans)
Amazing a player that scored 15 rushing touchdowns just a year ago can make this list but it’s about time to trim your roster fat and get rid of LenDale White. Through five games last year White had 165 rushing yards and five touchdowns fast forward a year and White has just a shade over 100 rushing yards and one touchdown. In fact, the only thing White has going for him at this point is the fact that he is 20-25 pounds lighter because he stopped hitting the bottle. Well Lendale, perhaps you should start drinking the Patron again because your game was better last year.
Realistically thinking, a large part of White’s struggles has to do with the Tennessee Titans inability to play defense. The Titans have allowed at least 24 points in four straight games and with them having to play catch-up, it’s forced them to become a passing team. Kerry Collins averaged just 25.9 passing attempts a year ago, but through five games the Titans quarterback is averaging more than 38 passing attempts per game and is on pace to have more than 600 attempts. Until Tennessee’s defense can find themselves, it’s going to be a wasted year for White. Don't look for that to happen any time soon with a matchup against the New England Patriots up next.
Julius Jones (Seattle Seahawks)
Obviously you shouldn’t go dropping running backs unless you have a viable replacement but Julius Jones continues to leave a lot to be desired. The Seattle Seahawks recorded a 41-0 shutout over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week Five but for the second straight week Jones was not a big part of the game plan and his stats showed it. The veteran out of Notre Dame had 12 carries for just 34 rushing yards and he averaged less than 3.0 yards per carry for the second straight week. This is not encouraging news if you own Jones in fantasy football and neither is the fact that he has six combined fantasy points over the past two games.
If Jones continues to struggle don’t be surprised if head coach Jim Mora Jr. starts mixing in Justin Forsett and Edgerrin James in a committee backfield approach. James had 16 carries (five in the first half) against the Jaguars and Forsett had six carries but an impressive 7.3 yards per carry average. Regardless of who rushes the ball in Seattle, the schedule moving forward is tough against the rush. Three of their next four games are against opponents who rank in the top half of the NFL against the rush.
Keep Them Cut - Laurence Maroney (New England Patriots), Justin Fargas (Oakland Raiders)
WIDE RECEIVERS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Justin Gage (Tennessee Titans)
After scoring 13 fantasy football points in Week One, Justin Gage has combined for just six fantasy points over the past four games. The wideout's 1.5 point per game average since Week Two isn’t exactly fantasy worthy and it’s time for his owners to end the marriage and let Gage head to the waiver wire. Over the past four games Titans quarterback Kerry Collins has completed 84 passes and Gage has been on the receiving end of just eight of them. He has been outplayed by veteran Nate Washington and rookie Kenny Britt and after five weeks it’s quite evident that Gage is the fifth option in a mediocre offense. You probably snagged him as a free agent after a solid Week One but now it’s time to cut Gage loose because he has little upside and is wasting a valuable roster spot.
Lee Evans (Buffalo Bills)
Guess how many times fantasy football owners have had Lee Evans ruin their Sunday? Well, if you answered five you are correct. Through five weeks everyone’s yearly sleeper pick has been asleep. Evans has a whopping 12 receptions and 21 fantasy points. He has scored three or less points in three games this year and even his nine points in Week Two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers doesn’t qualify as a solid performance because Evans had one catch and it went for a touchdown. The Buffalo Bills offense has scored just one touchdown over the past three games and is averaging a measly 6.6 points per game during that span.
With Bills quarterback Trent Edwards relying on completing passes to the flats or on short routes. it’s causing Evans to become an afterthought in a bad offense. That’s not what you want out of a wide receiver on your fantasy football roster and because of this you can start hoarding your waiver wire for other options. When looking for a replacement, find an option that has been consistently getting 4-6 receptions (someone like Austin Collie) per game because at least you know you are rostering a decent yardage play.
Isaac Bruce (San Francisco 49ers)
There comes a time when you lose your ability to produce at a high level and it looks like this is happening to Sir Isaac Bruce. The aging veteran has been an afterthought in a mediocre 49ers passing attack and his statistics have suffered because of this. Bruce has had trouble getting open this season and it showed against the Atlanta Falcons as he failed to record a receptions for the first time as a 49er.
Despite the struggles Bruce is still owned in close to 30 percent of leagues and this shouldn’t be the case moving forward. Bruce has just 15 fantasy points in five games and outside of a seven-point performance in the season opener he hasn’t recorded more than three points in a single game. There was a time when the 16-year veteran won many fantasy football leagues for his owners but that was then and this is now. If you haven’t already, dump Bruce at all costs.
Keep Them Cut - Laveranues Coles (Cincinnati Bengals), Domenik Hixon (New York Giants)
TIGHT ENDS — CUT THEM LOOSE
There aren’t any tight ends that are worth cutting based of their Week Five results. If you are wasting a roster spot on someone like Kevin Boss or Bo Scaife you are probably better off getting rid of them and just rolling with one tight end. Even if your tight end is faced with an upcoming bye you should be able to pluck a filler off the waiver wire when the time comes. In the meantime, snag a running back or wide receiver that has some upside in a solid offense over a backup tight end that is marginal at best.
Keep Them Cut - Anthony Fasano (Miami Dolphins), Randy McMichael (St. Louis Rams), Alge Crumpler (Tennessee Titans)
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