Week 9 Waiver Wire: Larry Fitzgerald and 7 Studs Who Will Be Less Effective
You have relied on these players the whole year, and time after time they have come through. These players have racked up the points and have put you at the top of your fantasy league.
At the halfway point of the season, these players can't let you down now, can they?
Well, there may be some players who will face obstacles that will prevent them from putting up the same numbers in the second half.
Although these players have been consistent week in and week out, here are reasons why owners should keep a watchful eye on the performance of these seven players for the rest of the season.
Arizona Cardinals Running Back Beanie Wells
Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has been solid for the struggling Cardinals all year.
He has the 12th most yards in the NFL with 506, and is third in the NFL with seven TDs.
What is worrisome about Wells are his injuries.
The past few weeks there have been undisclosed knee injuries that have made him questionable for some games. Now Wells claimed that he expects these injuries to remain with him for the rest of the season.
That's not something you want to hear from your starting running back.
Although he has been solid this year, I am not sure if it's safe to ride with a running back who has a lingering injury.
Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver A.J. Green
The Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the most (if not the most) surprising teams this year.
Under the leadership of rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals are 5-2 and are a legitimate threat coming out of the AFC North.
Another reason why they have been able to play so well is the emergence of wide receiver A.J. Green. He is 13th in the league in reception yards and is tied for third in the league with five TD receptions.
Unfortunately for him and the Bengals offense, they will be playing the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers twice apiece. The Steelers are ranked first overall against the pass while the Ravens are ranked third.
Later this season, the Bengals will also be going against the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans, who are ranked second and fifth against the pass, respectively.
This could very well mean that A.J. Green will have a very tough time getting touchdowns—much less receptions—for the rest of the season.
Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has caught the attention of the NFL this year—no, not because of his fiery red hair, but with his play on the field.
As previously mentioned, Dalton's play is a huge reason why the Bengals are 5-2 up to this point. He has maintained his composure through the Carson Palmer fiasco and has become the leader.
But since A.J. Green will end up suffering as a result of the Bengals' tough schedule, so will Dalton.
Although he hasn't been rattled as of yet, expect Dalton to face some challenges as the season progresses.
New York Giants Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw
Although the Giants running back has not been consistently reaching the century mark, he has been able to put some points on the board.
CBSsports.com's Jamey Eisenberg currently ranks Bradshaw as the 11th best fantasy running back in the league. He has been getting on the board this season, with five rushing touchdowns, and one receiving.
Despite his work ethic and his grittiness he will be unable to be consistently effective because of the offensive line, Brandon Jacobs and a possibly injury.
The Giants' offensive line has been inconsistent, and that's putting it nicely. The G-Men are ranked 30th in the league in rushing, and it's not because Bradshaw isn't running hard enough. The O-Line is the biggest area of concern right now for the team.
Brandon Jacobs has been 264 pounds of dead weight this year.
The back-up running back has rushed for 126 yards on 42 carries in five games. Despite his ineffectiveness, he has the audacity to complain about the number of touches he has been getting this season, and especially in the last game.
With Jacobs filing his nails on the sideline and acting like a prima donna, there is ever more pressure on Bradshaw.
The extra carries are not something that Bradshaw needs, considering that he is currently questionable for the Giants' game against the Patriots.
These are all unpromising signs for Ahmad Bradshaw owners.
Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin
Jeremy Maclin has had a really great season so far: He is currently leading the team with 40 receptions, 543 yards receiving and four receiving touchdowns.
Although he will remain a solid receiver, I think his numbers will lower as the season progresses—not because of the competition or injury, but because there are so many other weapons on the team.
I believe that wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant and even the struggling Steve Smith will get more touches, which will take opportunities away from Maclin.
Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant has been one of the few bright spots in the Cowboys 3-4 season so far. He has four TDs and 367 yards receiving.
Despite the success he has had earlier on, I think he will not be as effective as the year goes on, especially with Tony Romo's inconsistencies.
Expect wide receiver Miles Austin to get more looks from Tony Romo, while tight end Jason Witten will continue to rack up five or six catches a game.
Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald
I put Larry Fitzgerald on this list because of the circumstances that surround him.
Fitzgerald's quarterback, Kevin Kolb, has been really inconsistent the whole year.
In Kolb's first full year as a starting quarterback, he has showed an inability to adapt to the offense, which has been evident as the Cardinals have gone 1-6.
Fitzgerald is getting his touches, but he is not getting in the end zone. He has only had two touchdowns all year, and his last one came in Week 3.
With running back Beanie Wells fighting injury for the rest of the year, the Cardinals' running game will be less effective.
Consequently, the passing game will suffer too. This is bad news for Larry Fitz.