Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fantasy Football: Break up with these 10 players

It's Not You, It's Me. Okay, It's You

Posted by Karl Brenkert on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

It's easy to become complacent in a bad relationship. You can overlook the fact that your wildest dreams are not being met with the idea that you have security in your most basic needs. This is no way to find happiness in life, and it's a terrible way to run a fantasy team. Don't stash a player with a low ceiling on your bench in the name of depth. You'll do better in a tumultuous relationship with a player who has shown high upside in limited opportunities. I'll take the potential for a 20-point week over the steady 6-point week every time. Here are 10 players you should consider breaking up with this week.

Rashard Mendenhall has 79 rushing attempts this season and his longest run is 11 yards. He has only one game with more than 50 yards rushing and has compiled two touchdowns and two fumbles on the year. He's only scored more than 10 fantasy points twice.

Maurice Jones-Drew was a great running back, but he's not that player anymore. He's also had only two weeks with more than 10 fantasy points. He's averaging 2.9 yards per carry and has two total touchdowns on the season. He has shown flashes of his old self and might regain some value if he's traded to a better team, but for now, don't put this guy in your lineup.

Alex Smith is the classic game manager. He's not going to win games for the Chiefs, and you shouldn't expect him to win games for your fantasy team. He averages about 20 completions and 1 touchdown per game and has put up less than 10 fantasy points twice already this year.

Andrew Luck is a really good quarterback in the NFL, but he's just not a good fantasy QB. You don't get points for fourth quarter comebacks in fantasy. He's only put up more than 20 fantasy points once this season and has been under 200 passing yards twice. See if someone in your league will pay you for the name.

Chris Johnson has zero rushing touchdowns this year. In his last three games, he's rushed for 21, 17, and 33 yards. He has one game with double-digit fantasy points. His carries have started to dwindle and Shonn Greene is about the return from injury. At age 28, I think he's done.

Miles Austin came out of nowhere in 2009 with over 1,300 yards, but he's had hamstring problems ever since. He has only 15 receptions this year and zero touchdowns on the season. It's looking like Terrence Williams will take his job.

Sidney Rice still looks great when he floats in the air and high points the ball. The problem is that he doesn't have many chances to do that anymore. It might be the knee but more likely it's the fact that Russell Wilson kills with a million little cuts and let's Marshawn Lynch do the beasting for the team.

Dwayne Bowe has 20 catches on the season. Fourteen catches were for first downs and two were for touchdowns, so he's useful for the Chiefs. However, he averages less than four catches per game and suffers from a game manager at quarterback. While he has some good matchups coming up against Denver and San Diego, recall that he had 30 yards against the Jags and 4 yards against the Eagles. He's matchup-proof, but not in a good way.

Jared Cook was supposed to finally reach his full potential with the Rams this year, and he looked to be on his way with a huge 141 yard, 2 TD performance in week 1. Since then he's managed about 40 yards per game and zero TDs. I don't see this relationship progressing to next level.

Finally, Danny Woodhead has a great personality.

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