Oct 16, 2012
Week 6 is in the books and we now have a pretty good idea on the players set to underachieve this season. Some players are just stuck on terrible teams while others are just plain bad. We’ve also added a few players to the list that should be dropped because of injury. If you read our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Savior articles and are wondering who to drop this week, have a look at the list below. All of these guys are safe cuts in most league formats.
QUARTERBACKS—CUT THEM LOOSE
Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Kevin Kolb spoiled the fun of all the owners that picked him up as a spot play this week. He wasn’t having the best day against a terrible Buffalo Bills defense but he did manage to rush five times for 66 yards to make up for it. Unfortunately his team couldn’t protect him yet again and he was sacked an obscene number of times. This directly led to a rib injury that will likely sideline him for upward of a month. John Skelton looked horrible in relief but one good game might be all it takes to take Kolb’s job indefinitely. Drop Kolb now. He’ll still be there if you need him later.
Consider Dropping In: 10-team, 12-team and 14-team Leagues
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Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Yes this might be a bit risky. We know Christian Ponder looked great this week in the Minnesota Vikings’ loss to the Washington Redksins. In the first game that the Vikings really had to pass, Ponder racked up 352 yards and two touchdowns on 52 pass attempts. Ponder put in some solid outings in his stretch of excellent spot play games against bad defenses. Unfortunately his schedule is horrendous the rest of the year. He faces Arizona, Tampa Bay, and Seattle next then after his bye he has Chicago and Green Bay twice along with St. Louis and Houston. That’s the worst quarterback schedule in the NFL. In deep leagues it might be worth hanging onto Ponder until Week 10 when he has his only remaining good matchup against the Detroit Lions. In other leagues drop him (or trade him?) if you can find a viable replacement.
Consider Dropping In: 10-team Leagues; especially ones that start just one signal caller
Cut Them Loose Watch List: Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens), Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers), Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams)
Keep Them Cut: Tim Tebow (New York Jets), Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs), Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville Jaguars), Mark Sanchez (New York Jets)