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Plaxico Burress: Just the Plax, Ma'am

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress winks at a supporter as he arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an automobile dealer over what he owes in damages to a vehicle supplied to him by the dealership. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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Ken KellyContributor IIIAugust 12, 2010

It’s Plaxico Burress’ 32nd birthday today! You can bet he didn’t ask for a handgun and sweatpants.

The enigmatic Burress is in the news for reportedly applying for work release from prison for the second time. He’s expecting to hear by the end of the month if his request will be granted.

So, what should a dynasty league owner do regarding Plaxico? Let’s take a quick look at a player whom many dynasty owners have simply forgotten about.

Plaxico’s antics are well chronicled. They’re highlighted by his accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound and subsequent imprisonment. His on the field career has had its share of highs and lows as well, including a Super Bowl winning catch and constant bouts of inconsistency.

If Burress’ request is granted, it’s unlikely he’d be able to latch on to a team at the end of the month. It’s simply too late for a team to take this kind of a flyer on a player like Burress, even considering his talent.

It’s even unclear if he’d be given the ability to work on weekends. If that’s the case, he’d have to find a team who plays a whole bunch on Monday Night Football.

The most likely scenario we’ll see unfold is Burress finishing his prison term and latching on to a team for the 2011 season.  You can bet he’ll have no shortage of suitors from teams who are looking for a red zone target and play-maker. In fact, you could probably just list the Bengals as “interested,” just because he fits in more ways than one.

From a dynasty league perspective, it’s simply not worth putting Plaxico on your roster. This season is sure to bring us many young prospects who are much more roster worthy.

When you consider Burress has always been a fringe No. 2 wide receiver in fantasy and will likely be 34 when he plays again, it’s just simply not worth the headache.

Article written by Ken Kelly

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