Fantasy Football Week Nine 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 9 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 Nine 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
Marc Bulger (St. Louis Rams) This is more so a reminder to the 7-10 percent of you who rolled with Marc Bulger in Week Eight because you were faced with a bye week dilemma. On paper this match-up with the Detroit Lions was a good one, as the Lions defense had allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 74.2 percent of their passes while surrendering 17 touchdowns in just six games.
Owners who started Bulger expecting a breakout game were highly disappointed as the veteran signal caller completed just 17 of 35 passes for 176 yards and an interception. His lackluster performance led to just five fantasy football points and if Bulger can’t produce against the Lions don’t expect him to do anything moving forward.
After a Week Nine bye the Rams play just three games against opponents who are under .500 through the seasons first eight weeks and with Bulger’s season high being 10 fantasy points in Week Six you are better off finding a back-up QB with some better matchups.
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), Shaun Hill (San Francisco 49ers)
RUNNING BACKS—CUT THEM LOOSE
Tashard Choice (Dallas Cowboys) Early season injuries to Marion Barber and Felix Jones opened the door Tashard Choice to do some damage and he made the most of his opportunity. With Barber and Jones being limited or out of action in Weeks three through five, Choice had 49 touches for 290 total yards and two touchdowns while running in a timeshare.
However, Dallas used their Week 6 bye to get their workhorses back to full strength and this has resulted in a significant decline in Choice’s production over the last two weeks. The Cowboys have scored 75 points over the last two games and all Choice has to show for it is five touches for 34 total yards. In comparison, Barber has 30 touches during that span while Jones has touched the football 19 times.
Despite showing flashes of his potential at the end of last season and beginning of this season it’s tough to keep a guy on your roster who is the third running back in an offense that has thrown on 54 percent of its offensive plays.
There is just simply not enough footballs to be spread around for Choice to have any true value on fantasy football rosters and unless you own Barber it’s time to cut bait.
Michael Bush (Oakland Raiders) With primary running back Darren McFadden suffering a knee injury in Week Four it allowed Michael Bush and Justin Fargas to see an increased workload. While Fargas has made the most of his opportunity having totaled 294 yards over the last four games, Bush has just 139 yards and 16 fantasy points during that span.
With head coach Tom Cable expecting McFadden to return after the Raiders' Week Nine bye the lackluster play of Bush should lead to a decrease in opportunity moving forward. When the Raiders take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10 the steady play of Fargas should propel him into a running back by committee backfield McFadden moving forward with Bush being relegated to short yardage and goal-line touches.
Unless you are in a TD-only league this is not what you want from a running back taking up a roster spot so with that in mind it’s best to dump Bush and snag someone from our Week Nine Waiver Wire—Pick Them Up article.
Keep Them Cut : Willis McGahee (Baltimore Ravens), Jerome Harrison (Cleveland Browns), Fred Jackson (Buffalo Bills), Leon Washington (New York Jets), LenDale White (Tennessee Titans), Julius Jones (Seattle Seahawks)
WIDE RECEIVERS—CUT THEM LOOSE
Mohammed Massaquoi (Cleveland Browns) After hauling in eight receptions for 148 receiving yards in a Week Four loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Massaquoi was considered the pick-up of the week on many waiver wires. However, those who added the rookie wide receiver out of Georgia failed to remember Massaquoi plays on the Cleveland Browns , who arguably sport the worst offense in the NFL .
Since his 148 yard output in Week Four Massaquoi has totaled just nine receptions for 149 receiving yards and until the Browns’ offense can find some consistency he isn’t worth employing on your fantasy team.
During the four game stretch in which Massaquoi has just nine receptions the Browns’ quarterbacks have completed only 30 passes and the offense has scored just two touchdowns. Instead of hanging on to a No. 1 wideout in a dysfunctional offense you are better off targeting a secondary receiver in a high powered offense.
Eddie Royal (Denver Broncos) With all the preseason troubles surrounding wide receiver Brandon Marshall it was supposed to be second year Eddie Royal who stepped up as the lead receiver in a revamped Denver Broncos offense.
With new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels coming from the New England Patriots there was talk that Royal would be used similar to how the Patriots’ use Wes Welker but through eight weeks it hasn’t happened.
In fact, Royal, who had 91 receptions as a rookie, has just 20 receptions for 158 receiving yards and no touchdowns over the Broncos’ first seven games. To make matters worse, if you take away Royal’s 10 reception for 90 yard effort in Week Five the speedster has a measly 10 receptions for 68 receiving yards over a third of the season.
Unless you are in a league that gives you points for return yards Royal has no business being on your fantasy football roster. The Broncos face some tough pass defenses over the next four games and outside of Brandon Marshall there has been no consistent second option in a surprisingly efficient Denver’ passing attack.
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), Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis Colts)
TIGHT ENDS—CUT THEM LOOSE
Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars) - With many fantasy football owners scrambling to find a bye week tight end over the past five weeks it seemed that Marcedes Lewis ’ name was always popping up. Over the course of the seasons first month Lewis had 11 receptions for 179 receiving yards and two touchdowns while emerging as a reliable down-field target for quarterback David Garrard .
Since, the fourth-year veteran out of UCLA has been on the decline. With the Jaguars’ offense hitting a standstill it has led to inconsistent play from Lewis and the rest of the offense, outside of running back Maurice Jones-Drew .
Despite having solid match-ups over the last three games, Lewis had just five receptions for 38 receiving yards and did nothing but disappoint those owners who rolled with him thinking the matchups were right.
Bottom Line, if Lewis can’t get the job done against the likes of the Seattle Seahawks , St. Louis Rams, and Tennessee Titans don’t expect him to produce at a level worth a roster spot anytime soon because the schedule only gets tougher for a Jacksonville club that has dropped two of their last three games.
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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