Disappointing Fantasy Football Players and Emerging Receivers

William Del PilarContributor IOctober 22, 2009

KFFL is taking part in a weekly series of roundtable discussions with other Web sites – Fantasy Football Xtreme , Rotoprofessor , Junkyard Jake’s Fantasy Football Network , Lester’s Legends , Fantasy Pros 911 , Top Fantasy Football and the Football Jabber .

A question is presented every week, and all organizations give their answers with some detail. You should tune in every week; here is KFFL’s answer to their question entering Week Seven .

In two weeks we’ll be past the halfway point of the season. I’ve rounded up their questions and am hoping my take can also give you some insight and help you with your leagues. We are entering a crucial point at which you either make your playoff run or slowly lose interest in your fantasy teams!

When I’m losing, I enjoy being the team that ruins others’ playoff chances, so never quit, as it’s more fun to trash-talk to fellow owners about how you ruined their chance at the all-elusive title!

Among the midround players who have disappointed, who do you think owners should cut ties with and why?

  • St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger is a product of a high-powered Mike Martz offense. Once Martz left, so did Bulger’s numbers. Another quarterback who may or may not lose you a game if he can stay on the field. The team will look to upgrade this position in the offseason, if anything, because they can’t trust Bulger to stay healthy. Dump him if you still own him .
  • Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White came into camp in the best shape of his life. However, in the end I guess the team employed the bigger, slower, but harder-to-bring-down White more than the new version! A per-game average of 7-26-0.2 is squat when you remember by Week Six of last year he already had eight touchdowns. It’s time to dump him if you need the roster space .
  • San Francisco 49ers WR Josh Morgan was a mid-to-late round acquisition this year but posted only mediocre numbers the first five weeks. He has 22 targets, which translates to only 4.4 targets per game, and he has averaged 3-40-0.2. Entering this week, he has ceded his starting job to rookie Michael Crabtree . Dump him .
  • Two disappointing players who can’t be dropped but need to be mentioned:
    • Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck ’s inconsistencies have shown me he’s only worth being a fantasy backup. Don’t cut ties with him but use him only as a backup! The Seahawks show up one week then get beat down the next. That’s the last thing you want out of a team whose quarterback you own. You need consistent points every week, and he does not provide that. Trade him or only use him as a bye week or injury fill-in player .
    • Chicago Bears TE Greg Olsen supposedly is the next elite tight end. For all the bluster about the trade for quarterback Jay Cutler , Olsen has yet to produce the results the team was hoping for. I will say: Give him time. However, for now, Olsen has 35 targets for the season, an average of seven per game. His per-game average is 3-30-0.6, but let’s give him credit, as he has caught one touchdown pass in weeks four through six. He’s getting there, but a true disappointment so far. Many owners were able to forgo the position on draft day and grab a quality tight end off the waiver wire. Don’t believe me? I’ve seen players such as Heath Miller , Vernon Davis , John Carlson , Todd Heap and even Visanthe Shiancoe picked up. You can’t drop or trade Olsen, but I will say he should improve, so he is a buy-low candidate .

It's time to cut ties with White

Every year a handful of receivers emerge from obscurity to become fantasy relevant. Who are your 2 or 3 favorite surprise receivers for this season?

  • Minnesota Vikings WR Sidney Rice was one of a few receivers I highly coveted in drafts, and I believe what we’ve seen so far this year is merely the tip of the iceberg. His per-game average of 4-68-0.33 puts him at or near the top 30 among fantasy receivers so far. His play the last three weeks p uts him in the top 10. I do expect to see him with at least eight touchdowns before the season is done. Trade for him if you can.
  • Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin was a receiver I wanted to be high on and looked for everything positive to prop him up. However, a lackluster training camp hurt his value, and while I picked him up in a couple of leagues, his lack of play found him quickly jettisoned once the season began. However, he’s emerging now because of injury to Roy Williams (ribs), and his Week Six performance—15 targets, 10-250-2. This allowed Austin to usurp Patrick Crayton . I believe he can become a big-play receiver if he can stay healthy. However, quarterback Tony Romo has to get better protection to take full advantage of his abilities. Pick Austin up if you can.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker is a player many were high on, and after a slow start he has proven everyone correct. Over his last four games he has seen 41 targets and has translated that to average 7-100-0.75. Monster numbers for someone most claimed off the waiver wire! Barring injury he’s going to have a great season. However, he is injury-prone, so trading him at his highest value is not bad strategy if you have depth and can afford to lose him.

Sims-Walker is the real deal, but will he stay healthy?

I’ll answer a few more roundtable questions next week, but until then, good luck in this week’s matchups … unless we’re playing!

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