Oct 4, 2009
We’ve all been there. You hold a guy on your roster week after week, watching precious free agents land on other teams. You keep waiting for your player to break out. Maybe you think he’s got too much talent and potential or maybe it’s a tough schedule that’s been holding him back. Regardless of whether any of these things are true, the fact is sometimes we keep bad fantasy football players for way too long. By the time you realize they’re not going to produce for your team, it may be way too late. That’s why the Bruno Boys will be with you all season long to give you advice on who to cut loose.
Week 4 marks the end of the first quarter of the season as such we now are seeing players’ true colors. That means it’s time to get rid of those players on your roster who have consistently underperformed, and as always, it’s crucial to get rid of the guys who are hampered by injuries that will keep them out for extended periods of time. Here are the players you should consider dropping after 4 weeks of football play.
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 5 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
Byron Leftwich (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
After an intense QB competition during the off-season, Byron Leftwich beat out Luke McCown and rookie Josh Freeman to assume the role of the Bucs starting QB. While he didn’t get off to the worst of starts, completing 58 of 107 passes for 594 yards, 4 TDs and 3 INTs, Tampa Bay’s offense just wasn’t clicking with him under center throughout the first 3 weeks of the season.
As a result, the Buccaneers benched Leftwich for Josh Johnson, a second year player once thought to be better suited to the wide receiver position. Johnson started off his first game with a bang, scoring on his first pass to Antonio Bryant after the Redskins fumbled in their own territory. Considering the Bucs benched Leftwich for a 2nd year question mark, he has no value going forward unless Johnson gets injured. Even then, the Bucs would probably go with Josh Freeman instead.
Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins)
The Washington Redskins have a bad offense right now and Campbell isn’t doing anything to help it. In Campbell’s first 3 games, the Redskins’ QB threw just 2 interceptions but had fumbled the ball 5 times. This past weekend, Campbell continued his poor play with another 3 interceptions despite throwing for 2 TDs and 170 yards.
If you don’t have any other options, Campbell may have a good game here and there. However, from what we’ve seen so far, the Redskins don’t look to improve all that much. And as history has shown us, Campbell doesn’t either. Drop him if you have a better option.
RUNNING BACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
James Davis (Cleveland Browns)
After a promising off-season, rookie James Davis was expected to take over as the Brown’s starting running back at some point during the season. Thanks to Jamal Lewis’ less than explosive running and injuries, it looked like that was going to happen sooner than expected. Unfortunately, Davis is now going to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. He may be the Brown’s back of the future, so keeper league owners may want to hold onto him, but it’s safe to drop Davis in all seasonal leagues.
Mike Bell (New Orleans Saints)
The way the Saints keep flip flopping their running backs it’s hard to tell who is worth keeping. Pierre Thomas ran 19 times for 86 yards and a TD this past Sunday against the Jets, while Bell was held out for a second straight game due to a sprained knee and is expected to be out until week 6, at the very least.
Bell may be worth keeping if you have space, but if you are passing on better options consider the fact that the Saints are not particularly endorsing one back at the moment. If Thomas continues to play well, Bell could fade into fantasy darkness like he did when he was on Denver as the Saints will be loyal to Thomas, who came on strong for them at the end of 2008 .
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