With three weeks behind us, it’s time you can start cutting some players from your fantasy football roster.
Of course we recommend you hold onto guys with huge upside for a bit longer, as it’s still early and lots can happen. However, players who weren’t really expected to be a great fantasy football asset in the first place can be dropped if there is a better option on the waiver wire.
Before you cut anyone though, do your due diligence.
Check the injury reports, is there a nagging injury that’s keeping this player from performing well and if so, how long will it last. Check out their past schedule and what teams they will face going forward. What you don’t want to do is cut loose someone too early and have them develop into a super stud on someone else’s fantasy football team.
That stings! So before you cut, make the best assessment you can on whether or not it really helps your team.
Derek Anderson (Arizona Cardinals)
When Derek Anderson beat out Matt Leinart for the starting job in the preseason, fantasy football owners in 12-team leagues and higher invested a late round draft choice on the sixth year signal caller.
The thinking was that Arizona was going to be involved in many shootouts and Anderson would be able to get Cardinals playmaker Larry Fitzgerald involved down the field.
Well, through three games this hasn’t been the case. Anderson can’t get Fitzgerald (12 receptions in three games) the football and is struggling in every major statistical category. He is completing just 52 percent of his passes, has a 1:1 touchdown to interception ratio and a whopping 25 fantasy points (standard leagues).
While the season is young, Anderson is already on the hot seat and after a 12-for-26 showing in Week 3 we’re not convinced he makes it to the halfway mark of the season. Rookie quarterback Max Hall is next in line.
Bottom Line, if you own Anderson, it’s time to browse the waiver wire and get your hands on a quarterback that brings consistency to the table.
Fred Taylor (New England Patriots)
After a solid Week 1 in which Taylor went 71 rushing yards on 14 carries we suggested you take a gamble on him in a 12-team.
Two weeks later we are owning up to our mistake and telling you to get rid of the aging running back. Taylor had just five rushing attempts for 11 yards in a Week 2 loss and was off to a slow start before a toe injury forced him to leave Week 3 action.
However, it’s not a lingering toe injury that puts him on our “Cut Them Loose” list, it’s the emergence of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the fact that Bill Belichick plays musical chairs at running back. Green-Ellis has 26 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown over the Patriots last two games and seems to be Belichick’s current “Flavor of the Week.”
Taylor might put together a good game or two the rest of the, the upside is minimal and as a fantasy football owner you are better off using bench spots on players who can make an impact. Our advice is to take a gamble on a younger, more talented player, who if given the opportunity can produce.
To see who else you should dump from your fantasy team click here... Week 4 Players to Cut