Fantasy Football Week 7 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 7 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 7 Waiver - Pick Them Up article 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
Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins)
With the Washington Redskins failing to take advantage of the easiest of schedules through five weeks of football, it was well-documented that head coach, Jim Zorn , was on the hot seat heading into Week 6.
With a 14-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, a pink slip may be in Zorn’s future. Zorn, though, is not the only one whose job may be in jeopardy. Starting quarterback Jason Campbell could very well find himself on the sidelines moving forward, just as he did in the second half of Sunday’s game when Todd Collins replaced him.
Since a 340 yard and two TD (and three TO) performance in the Redskins’ loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 3, Campbell has just 404 passing yards and three TDs to go along with seven TOs in his last three games.
His opponents in those last three contests? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Carolina Panthers , and Kansas City Chiefs . Not the toughest of pass defenses. The schedule doesn’t get any easier from here on out, so it’s probably best to cut ties with Campbell.
Kerry Collins (Tennessee Titans)
Want to know how bad it’s gotten for Kerry Collins ? He wasn’t even the top quarterback named Collins in Week 6.
That distinction belonged to Todd Collins , who as mentioned above, replaced Jason Campbell in the game against the Chiefs. Even if Todd Collins had not gotten onto the field, he’d still have outperformed Kerry Collins for fantasy purposes.
Kerry accumulated a whopping -2 fantasy points against the Patriots. Had his opposing QB Tom Brady not done so well, perhaps Collins could have blamed his 2-for-12 outing for -7 yards and an interception on the weather. But sadly, Brady played out of his mind.
Collins is just playing bad football. With the Titans now sitting at 0-6, look for them to shift gears and begin looking towards the future, which means Vince Young should get more playing time.
Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)
The rookie quarterback for the Lions was showing promise prior to a knee injury that’s kept him out the last two weeks. He had 15 and 13 fantasy points in Week 3 and Week 4 respectively.
Those double-digit outings led many fantasy owners dealing with QB issues to scoop Stafford off of waiver wires . With Stafford sitting the last two weeks, the return has been minimal. Furthermore, ESPN is reporting that Stafford will be getting a second opinion on his knee from Dr. James Andrews . That could lead to surgery. It doesn’t appear to be a payoff in the immediate future.
In fact, owners may have to wait until 2010 to see Stafford on the field again. Surgery isn’t yet guaranteed, but since it is even a possibility, we’d look to drop Stafford now, while using the roster spot for someone with a bit more potential.
Keep Them Cut - JaMarcus Russell (Oakland Raiders), Jake Delhomme (Carolina Panthers), Derek Anderson (Cleveland Browns), Trent Edwards (Buffalo Bills)
RUNNING BACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Jerome Harrison (Cleveland Browns)
Following his 29 carry and 121 yard day against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4, Harrison was a hot waiver wire pick up.
The thought was with the Browns struggling, the team would give up on the old man, Jamal Lewis , and see what the explosive Harrison could do. Well, things haven’t exactly played out that way.
Since Lewis’ return in Week 5, the veteran has 42 carries to Harrison’s 13. Were the Browns’ a high potent offense, Harrison could have value as a flex type option even while serving as the team’s No. 2 running back. But, as any football fans know, the Browns aren’t an offensive power house.
Willis McGahee (Baltimore Ravens)
It’s hard to recommend that fantasy owners drop a running back that has already tallied six TDs in six weeks of action, but based on the last two weeks, McGahee’s role in the Ravens’ offense has greatly diminished.
McGahee tallied just nine touches in Week 5 and Week 6, which he took for a total of five yards. Yes, you read that right, five yards! The Raven’s backfield was once an area of confusion for fantasy owners, but it appears that is no longer the case. Ray Rice is the man for Baltimore, which means McGahee is waiver wire fodder.
RB Beanie Wells (Arizona Cardinals)
Beanie Wells is owned in a surprising 50 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. Yes, we know the rookie showed some promise in the preseason, but in five regular season games, the running back has yet to tally more than two fantasy points in any one contest.
Part of that has to do with his 3.5 YPC average, while another part has to do with the zero trips he’s made to the end zone. So, why are fantasy owners holding onto this back?
It could be that they’re hoping the Cardinals will make Wells the featured back over Tim Hightower , however, we can’t see that happening in the near future. Sure, Hightower hasn’t been doing the most with his carries, but he has been effective in the passing game and near the goal-line, which is what the Cardinals want out of their running back.
There are plenty of No. 2 RBs out there that have a better chance at seeing significant playing time than Wells.
Keep Them Cut - Julius Jones (Seattle Seahawks), LenDale White (Tennessee Titans)
WIDE RECEIVERS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings)
Harvin’s fantasy career started off strong as the Vikings’ rookie wide receiver posted 11 fantasy points in each of the first three weeks of the 2009 season. However, since then, the rookie’s roll has been slowed.
In fact, Harvin has only tallied 10 combined fantasy points in the Vikings’ last three games. Take away the 101-yard kickoff return he had against the 49ers in Week 3, and Harvin would have just 15 fantasy points over the last four weeks.
So, what’s happened?
Brett Favre is growing more comfortable with his other weapons, specifically Sidney Rice , Visanthe Shiancoe , and Bernard Berrian , which is taking away from Harvin’s opportunities. Add that fact to a bum shoulder Harvin reinjured against the Ravens, and while we’re not recommending you completely cut ties with the wideout just yet, it is time to place him at the bottom of fantasy WR depth charts and monitor his play moving forward.
Terrell Owens (Buffalo Bills)
Cutting a guy with the reputation of Terrell Owens is ballsy, but at this point and time, it also may be smart. With his one point outing against the Jets on Sunday, Owens has now gone four out of six games with four points or less.
Plain and simply, his talents are not meshing well with his new team. Not only is the Bills’ offense in shambles, but the weather in Buffalo moving forward is not going to be pleasant passing weather. Owens, who had a streak of three straight seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards and at least 10 TDs, will be hard pressed to keep the streak going.
Through six games, he has just 215 receiving yards and one TD. Before simply cutting Owens, see if you can use his past reputation to swing any sort of deal for even a flex play option.
Justin Gage (Tennessee Titans)
Gage has found it difficult to match the 13 fantasy points he posted in Week 1. In fact, Gage hasn’t reached that number even if you add up all of his outings since then. Heck, he isn’t even half way there.
Gage has just six fantasy points since Week 2. So, why is he owned in over a quarter of fantasy leagues? The Bruno Boys are completely baffled, which is why we’re doing our part to ensure this changes. If you own Gage, please, please, please cut him now.
Keep Them Cut - Isaac Bruce (San Francisco 49ers), Laveranues Coles (Cincinnati Bengals) Domenik Hixon (New York Giants), Justin Gage (Tennessee Titans)
TIGHT ENDS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Kevin Boss (New York Giants)
Boss was able to play in Week 6 despite a banged up ankle that kept him out Week 5. But in finishing with just one fantasy point, his owners may have preferred he rested the ankle once again.
Boss showed promise in 2008, hauling in 33 passes for 368 yards and six TDs, and many thought his role would expand in 2009 with both Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer departing in the off-season.
However, with the Giants’ crop of young wide receivers stepping up, Boss’ service haven’t been needed as much. As a result, his largest fantasy output this season is a mere six fantasy points. With a ton of tight ends raising their games for 2009, Boss can be sent packing from your roster.
Keep Them Cut - Anthony Fasano (Miami Dolphins), Randy McMichael (St. Louis Rams), Alge Crumpler (Tennessee Titans)
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