Sep 11, 2012
The fantasy football season is young but we’ve already seen enough of some players to know that they are going to live up to our draft day expectations of them. Whether the plays has fallen behind on their teams’ depth charts, suffered an injury or bad play, these guys just aren’t worth rostering right now.
In any case, it’s really easy to want to cut all kinds of players this early in the season but we definitely advise against it. We’ve already release our list of waiver pickups to target in the Weekly Waiver Wire Savior. There are a lot of underachieving players that we would hang onto for at least another couple weeks, but here’s a list of the guys we’d drop right now to make room for potential additions. Just remember it’s too early in the season to start dumping elite players like Chris Johnson. Give your elite fantasy football players a chance to bounce back this week. A lot can change with another game in the books.
QUARTERBACKS—CUT THEM LOOSE
Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Cassel is one of the most reliable underachievers in fantasy football. He is regularly drafted as a backup option at the position. His 2010 season’s success has led to him being overdrafted year in and year out. This season he was expected to improve with a better ground game to support him and the emergence of the youthful Jonathan Baldwin. While Jamaal Charles looked good in his return, Peyton Hillis had only 16 yards on seven carries. Jonathan Baldwin didn’t even make the box score after failing to record a single target. Despite being down big early, the Chiefs continued to stick to their ground game with limited success. Cassel ended up completing a reasonable 21 of 33 passes for 258 yards put had a pair of interceptions to go with his passing touchdown. He also ran a touchdown in but that was extremely abnormal. In Week 2 he faces a tough Buffalo defense at home that is looking for revenge after getting blown out by the Jets. Steer clear of Cassel until at least Week 6. He doesn’t hold fantasy football value at this point.
Consider Dropping In: 10-team and 12-team Leagues, especially those that punish heavily for interceptions.
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Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
Every year in the recent past has started with people talking up Sam Bradford’s potential. Every year people that draft him are disappointed. This year the Rams brought in all sorts of new weapons to help Bradford out. The team drafted Brian Quick and signed free agent Steve Smith. Things were looking up. Unfortunately all we saw this week was the same old Sam Bradford. The team leaned on the rapidly aging Steven Jackson who only managed 2.5 yards per carry. Brian Quick didn’t make the box score and Steve Smith only managed one catch for 10 yards with his three targets. Bradford looked good on paper with a 105 QB rating but considering the secondary he was facing, his performance was subpar. The Lions were missing starting cornerback Chris Houston because of an ankle injury and lost his replacement Bill Bentley to concussion. If Sam Bradford couldn’t throw for 200 yards against that Lions secondary, He should not be on your fantasy teams. Bradford’s schedule only gets worse the next few weeks as the Rams play a Redskins team that essentially shut down Drew Brees, then a tough away game against the Bears before coming back home to play an outstanding Seattle Seahawks Defense. Drop him now and he’ll still be there in week 5. There is nothing to lose.
Consider Dropping In: 10-team, 12-team Leagues, especially those with yardage heavy scoring.
Cut Them Loose Watch List: Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings)
Keep Them Cut: Brandon Weeden (Cleveland Browns), Tim Tebow (New York Jets), John Skelton (Arizona Cardinals), Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins), Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee Titans)