Sep 20, 2010
Now that a couple of weeks are done we are starting to see some trends emerge, and that includes players who just aren’t making the cut. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard threw three touchdowns in Week 1, but had four interceptions in Week 2 and was benched during the game in favor of Luke McCown. Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams was a big sleeper candidate after a quality preseason, however, he has just four catches through two games. In Detroit, Lions receiver Nate Burleson caught just one pass for four yards before an ankle injury took him out of the game last week. Even two weeks into the season there are already a lot of difficult decisions you have to make as a fantasy football owner. That’s why Bruno Boys will be with you all season long giving you advice on who to cut, as well as the players you might want to start thinking about letting go.
The first few weeks of the NFL season is never a good time to jump the gun on cutting players. Your assessment, as good as it may be, is based on only one or two weeks of performance. A lot can change in the first few weeks. That’s why we suggest you monitor these players closely and keep your finger poised over the big red drop button. While you are watching to see if these players can redeem themselves, you should be checking out our weeklyFantasy Football Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up article so you can start planning on whom to pick up to replace them.
QUARTERBACKS—CUT THEM LOOSE
David Garrard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
After throwing three touchdowns in Week 1 victory over the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard had an atrocious performance in Week 2. In a loss to the San Diego Chargers, Garrard threw for 173 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. He was benched in the fourth quarter for Luke McCown, though he did return later. What concerns us about Garrard isn’t the fact that he was benched, it’s that he’s incredibly inconsistent. Last year he had five multiple-touchdown games and none of them were back-to-back. On top of that, with matchups against the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans on the horizon things won’t get any easier for the dismal Jaguars offense. It’s hard to justify keeping a Garrard on your roster when you know he has tough matchups, combined with consistency issues.
Vince Young (Tennessee Titans)
Garrard wasn’t the only quarterback that was benched in Week 2. In a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Titans quarterback Vince Young was benched at the start of the fourth quarter following two interceptions and a lost fumble. His backup, Kerry Collins, threw an interception on his first series but almost led the Titans to a come from behind victory. After the game, Tennessee head coach Jeff Fischer said that they needed a change of pace at the position and that Young was his starting quarterback in Week 3. However, even with Young returning at quarterback there is not much of a reason to keep him on your roster. When he plays he does not attempt many passes (27 passes in two games), and this is because the Titans are a run first team behind the explosive legs of Chris Johnson. Young may be good for the occasional 200-225 passing yard and two touchdown performance, but he’s also likely to have days like the one he did against Pittsburgh (66 passing yards, three turnovers). Instead of trying to predict which game Young will produce, consider using the roster spot on depth at another position.
Cut Them Loose Watch List: Derek Anderson (Arizona Cardinals), Jason Campbell (Oakland Raiders)
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