With wide receiver Brandon Lloyd traded from the Denver Broncos to the St. Louis Rams today, it's likely that we've seen the last of Mike Sims-Walker just six weeks into his stint with his new team.
The former Jacksonville Jaguar has only underwhelmed in his time in St. Louis, catching just 11 passes for 139 yards and dropping a number of balls.
He has clearly done his part to assist the Rams in becoming the league's 31st-ranked offense, and was benched by head coach Steve Spagnuolo for the team's Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers despite a lack of marquee starters at his position.
Even with his poor production, I've been fairly high on Sims-Walker's fantasy value this season, convinced that whatever is ailing the Rams offense thus far isn't likely to continue.
While I was right on the latter part—adding Lloyd to the team will surely improve quarterback Sam Bradford's output—I was wrong that Sims-Walker would factor into that uptick.
But that doesn't mean his fantasy value has dissolved should he sign with another team. In his three years with the Jaguars, Sims-Walker was a cornerstone of the offense, peaking with his 63-catch 2009 season that saw him with 869 yards and seven touchdowns.
While he wasn't the focus of that team's offense—even with David Garrard under center, the offensive leader was, as it is now, running back Maurice Jones-Drew—keeping his numbers low, he managed to make enough of a name for himself to be what was initially seen as a savvy add for the Rams in the offseason.
What matters the most is which team Sims-Walker winds up on—if any. Obviously, his work in St. Louis hasn't garnered him many fans among the league's GMs, and this will certainly limit interest in him. But if he does find a new team, he'd have to be a starter for him to retain any type of fantasy value.
Considering how he performed in St. Louis is likely anomalous, there are surely teams interested in his services. But I don't see him being a regular every-week starter for his new team.
There's no need for you to add Sims-Walker to your fantasy rosters should you not have him, and every reason in the world to drop him if he's already on your team.
While one team's trash often becomes another team's treasure, the "for sale" sign is still on Sims-Walker.
Until he's got a new home, he's not worthy of your fantasy attention.
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