Oct 18, 2010
When Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford went down with a shoulder injury in the first week of the season, it was thought to be just another stroke of the team’s long-running bad luck. Though the Lions are 1-5 entering the bye week, it’s not because of the play of backup Shaun Hill. Hill threw for 1,309 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions until he suffered a fractured left forearm in the team’s loss to the New York Giants last week, and was replaced by Drew Stanton. Stafford is expected to return after the bye week, making Hill expendable for now. Hill had become a popular pick up recently as owners scrambled to find a suitable backup when their starter was on a bye week. Unfortunately, he’ll be one of the most dropped players. It’s not for lack of effort, but with Stafford returning Hill no longer has any fantasy football value. He is one of 13 players in our Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire - Cut Them Loose
QUARTERBACKS — CUT THEM LOOSE
Bruce Gradkowski (Oakland Raiders)
Because of a shoulder injury, Oakland Raiders Bruce Gradkowski has missed most of the last two weeks. Jason Campbell has played in his place, and he did not play so well last week in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers when he threw for just 83 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. However, Campbell did play well two weeks ago, throwing for 159 yards and a touchdown with no interception to help lead Oakland to an upset win over the San Diego Chargers. Gradkowski’s injury was bad enough to cause him to be inactive last week, so it’s hard to imagine he’ll be fully healthy for the team’s Week 7 game with the Denver Broncos. Gradkowski had played well in his three starts, but those were against some weak passing defenses in the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans. Even if Gradkowski does reclaim the starting job, there are better options out there.
Shaun Hill (Detroit Lions)
As mentioned in the intro, Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill is no longer a player that has any fantasy value. A fractured left forearm took him out of last week’s loss to the New York Giants, and he was replaced by Drew Stanton. Matt Stafford, who has been out since Week 1 with a shoulder injury, is expected to return for Detroit’s Week 9 game with the Washington Redskins after the team’s bye week this week. Give credit to Hill who helped lead the Lions to the league’s eighth-best scoring team. Now that Stafford is able to return he is a decent pickup as a backup quarterback, and he is available in more than 75 percent of leagues. At least we know that if the injury-prone Stafford goes down again that Hill is more than a serviceable backup.
Cut Them Loose Watch List: Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings), Carson Palmer (Cincinnati Bengals)
Keep Them Cut List: Derek Anderson (Arizona Cardinals), Trent Edwards (Jacksonville Jaguars), Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks), Jason Campbell (Oakland Raiders), Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers)
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