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 8 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 8 Waiver: Pick Them Up article so you can start planning on whom to pick up to replace them.
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QUARTERBACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Shaun Hill (San Francisco 49ers)
In Week 7, Hill was off to a slow start, in which he completed just 6-of-11 passes for 45 yards, and the 49ers were down 21-0 on the road to the Houston Texans when head coach Mike Singletary decided he had seen enough.
With Hill struggling for the second consecutive game and the 49ers down three touchdowns, Singletary benched his signal caller in favor of Alex Smith and the move paid off.
Smith led a resurgent second-half passing attack and finished the game completing 15-of-22 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns (all to tight end Vernon Davis) .
After the game, Singletary would not commit to naming a Week 8 starter but with Smith lighting a fire in the stagnant San Francisco passing offense, we don’t see how they can go back to Hill.
Over the 49ers' first five games, he was third-worst in the NFL in completion percentage (56 percent) and had just five touchdown passes against three turnovers. Hill was used more as a game manager but with the 49ers defense looking vulnerable against the pass and having some tough matchups on the horizon they need a quarterback who can throw the football down the field and Smith, not Hill, is that guy.
Even if Hill keeps his job, he holds little fantasy football value and is better off being dumped for depth at the RB or WR position.
Keep Them Cut: JaMarcus Russell (Oakland Raiders), Jake Delhomme (Carolina Panthers), Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins), Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions), Derek Anderson (Cleveland Browns), Trent Edwards (Buffalo Bills), Kerry Collins (Tennessee Titans)
RUNNING BACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Leon Washington (New York Jets)
Unfortunately for the New York Jets and Leon Washington fantasy owners, the versatile running back broke his fibula in the first quarter of the Jets shutout victory over the Oakland Raiders . According to NFL.com, Washington will need surgery and miss the remainder of the 2009 season.
Leading up to the injury, Washington was averaging 6.2 fantasy points per game and was being used as a Flex option in 12-team leagues.
With the news that Washington will miss the season, it now opens up the door for rookie running back Shonn Greene to compliment Thomas Jones in a solid Jets running game.
Seeing significant playing time for the first time in Week 7, Greene had 19 carries for 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns, thus making him a hot fantasy football waiver wire pickup entering Week 8.
Fred Jackson (Buffalo Bills)
Fantasy owners who started Jackson over the seasons first three weeks saw him produce as a RB1 and were rewarded with 44 fantasy points and 425 total yards.
However, Week 4 marked the return of starting running back Marshawn Lynch and it’s been a downward spiral for Jackson and his fantasy football owners.
It was believed that the early success of Jackson would force Buffalo coach Dick Jauron to have a committee back field but that hasn’t been the case.
Over the last three games Jackson has just 35 touches and nine fantasy points while Lynch had 68 touches and 28 fantasy points and is seeing all the goal-line touches.
To make things worse, Jackson, who has excelled in the passing game, has just two receptions since Week 4 while Lynch has nine receptions.
In Week 7, Jackson had five carries for two rushing yards and failed to catch a pass for the second straight week.
As the season progresses, expect Lynch to continue to be the featured back while Jackson is relegated to back-up duties, thus making him expandable unless you own him as a handcuff to Lynch.
Keep Them Cut : Julius Jones (Seattle Seahawks), LenDale White (Tennessee Titans), Willis McGahee (Baltimore Ravens), Jerome Harrison (Cleveland Browns)
WIDE RECEIVERS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Kevin Walter (Houston Texans)
After missing the Houston Texans ’ first two games with a hamstring injury, Walter torched the Jacksonville Jaguars for 96 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 3, but it’s been downhill since.
Over the past four games, Walter has been overlooked in a high powered Texans’ offense as the veteran wide out has hauled in just 11 receptions for 136 yards since Week 3.
His latest effort, three receptions for 29 yards, marks the third straight game in which Walter has failed to reach 40 receiving yards, and with quarterback Matt Schaub favoring Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels , it’s time to cut bait on the once-valuable possession receiver.
Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis Colts)
The presence of Garcon on the fantasy football scene was short lived. The second year receiver had a three week stretch in which he combined for 183 receiving yards and two touchdowns (31 fantasy points) but has just four receptions for 33 receiving yards over the last two games.
With rookie wide out Austin Collie emerging as a reliable third option in the Colts passing game (behind Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark ) and Anthony Gonzalez close to returning from an knee injury, it’s Garcon who is soon to be the odd man out in an high powered Indianapolis offense.
The time is now to dump Garcon for an option who will play a bigger role in their team's respective offense.
Keep Them Cut : Isaac Bruce (San Francisco 49ers), Justin Gage (Tennessee Titans), Terrell Owens (Buffalo Bills), Laveranues Coles (Cincinnati Bengals), Domenik Hixon (New York Giants)
TIGHT ENDS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Dustin Keller (New York Jets)
In 2008, with Brett Favre under center in New York, Keller became an immediate fantasy football option at the tight end position and put together a rookie season in which he had 48 receptions, 535 yards and three touchdowns.
With Favre out of town and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez leading the Jets things haven’t gone as planned for Keller and those who invested in him as a low-end TE1.
Keller started the season with seven receptions, 116 receiving yards and a touchdown over the first two games but the second year tight end has been non-existent in an inconsistent Jets passing attack.
Since Week 2, Keller has just eight receptions for 97 yards and his eight fantasy points have done nothing but disappoint his fantasy football owners.
With Sanchez going through his expected rookie struggles and the Jets’ making a strong commitment to running the football, it’s safe to say you can part ways with Keller.
Entering Week 7, Keller ranked 21st at the TE position and his two-point outing against the Oakland Raiders did nothing to increase his stock.
Keep Them Cut : Kevin Boss (New York Giants), Anthony Fasano (Miami Dolphins), Randy McMichael (St. Louis Rams), Alge Crumpler (Tennessee Titans)
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