Sep 27, 2009
Let’s take a look at a handful of players that you should consider cutting bait with on your fantasy football roster. Remember, make sure you replace these players with guys who have a hot hand, are in a good offense and should bring some consistency to your fantasy football roster.
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 4 Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up 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
Brady Quinn (Cleveland Browns)
Owners waiting for Quinn to become the league’s next great quarterback are going to have to wait a lot longer, if not eternity. Quinn had another bad performance Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, completing 6 of 8 passes for 34 yards and an interception. While it was against the Ravens, Quinn has not looked good all season.
Quinn’s lousy play was different this week. He got benched for Derek Anderson in the middle of the game. Don’t expect him to get his job back outright and even if he does, it’s looking more and more like he’s not worth the headache. When head coach Eric Mangini was asked who his Week 4 quarterback would be he basically told the media he had no clue. This is not a boost of confidence for Quinn or his fantasy football owners and unless you like pet projects that can horribly go wrong, don’t waste the roster space.
Marc Bulger (St. Louis Rams)
After starting the season 32 for 64 for just 316 passing yards we hope you were smart enough to drop Bulger from your fantasy roster, but if that wasn’t the case we are now giving you the green light. Bulger left Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with a bruised shoulder and did not return. His replacement Kyle Boller came in and sparked the offense, leading two scoring drives and getting the Rams back in the football game. Boller struggled down the stretch and the Packers eventually pulled away, but the Rams actually looked like they belonged on offense with Boller in the game. He was poised, showed good pocket presence and made two beautiful throws on touchdown passes to tight end Daniel Fells.
It’s too early in the week to determine if Bulger will be healthy enough to take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4 but with Bulger starting off 2009 were he left off 2008 don’t be surprised if the Rams coaching staff hands the starting gig over to Boller at some point during the season. Regardless, Bulger has no business being on your roster from this point on.
JaMarcus Russell (Oakland Raiders)
JaMarcus Russell has not just looked brutal this season some are saying he’s officially regressed and we are going to have to agree with that assessment. In Week 3 against the Denver Broncos, he only completed 12 of 21 passes for a measly 61 yards and was picked off two times. On the passes that weren’t complete Russell’s throws were nowhere near his targeted receiver. In fact it was a horrible display of quarterbacking from the third year players out of LSU.
Blame it on Russell, the coaches, or the entire Oakland team. It doesn’t matter as Russell is not worth owning at all right now until he can prove otherwise. Unless you have no other options or need him as a back up in a league that starts two quarterbacks, let him go for someone better.
Chad Pennington (Miami Dolphins)
Chad Pennington was already on a short leash and in Week 3 he was taken out of the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Monitor the injury to see when he’ll be coming back but in all reality his days as the starter in Miami look to be numbered. With the Miami Dolphins off to a 0-3 start and two big divisional match-ups in Week 4 & 5 they are facing a do or die situation before their Week 6 bye. If the Dolphins happen to start the season 0-5 the playoff chances would be looking slim and that should open up the door for Miami to turn to Chad Henne as their permanent starter at quarterback.
If Pennington is going to be on the field next week, give him a few more weeks to save his job unless you can get something much better off your fantasy football league’s waiver wire. If he’s going to be out for a decent amount of time, cut the University of Marshall graduate loose.
UPDATE: Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that Pennington will be likely be done for the season with what is called a “torn capsule” in his throwing shoulder. With this being the case you can drop Pennington from ALL fantasy football rosters. Keeper and Dynasty leagues included.
RUNNING BACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Jerious Norwood (Atlanta Falcons)
Disregard this write up if you own Michael Turner. Norwood is a valuable back up if Turner goes down with an injury. Or if you have space on your roster and like to gamble, he may turn into a decent fantasy football option should anything befall the “burner” during the season. That said, Norwood is not living up to expectations and the Falcons offensive staff are not sticking to their story. It was reported that the Falcons intended to give Norwood more carries in 2009. In Week 1 he was given the ball twice and rushed for seven yards. In Week 2 he only rushed once for six yards and then got injured.
Norwood was kept out of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots and it’s not yet known when he’ll be back. There is no questioning Norwood’s potential, as he is dynamic and explosive, but if the Falcons continue to use him so infrequently, he serves no role except that of a back up.
Jamal Lewis (Cleveland Browns)
Jamal Lewis has not looked very good so far this season. He is totaling 95 yards for the season and was kept out of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens due to a nagging hamstring injury that he suffered in a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos. Of course, perhaps that was a blessing in disguise.
Lewis is older, looks slower and plays on a very bad offense. With rookie James Davis and veteran Jerome Harrison waiting to take the carries in Cleveland, if Lewis doesn’t return soon with a bang, he’s not worth holding on to.
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