Oct 30, 2012
Week 8 of the fantasy football season is in the books and we now have a pretty good idea of 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 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
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford has had a fairly good stretch of games despite the absence of his favored target Danny Amendola. He has made his new set of receivers work and has taken advantage of some reasonably easy matchups. Bradford is averaging 229 yards per game over his last four games but has thrown only four touchdowns in that span versus three interceptions. The Rams are on bye this week then they have the worst schedule in the league for the next four games. They play the San Francisco 49ers twice, the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets over that span. Considering Bradford is borderline droppable with a good matchup, he should certainly be dumped now.
Consider Dropping In: 10-team, 12-team and 14-team Leagues
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Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets
Mark Sanchez is in a similar situation to Sam Bradford. He is coming off a reasonably solid stretch of games and is on bye this week. Also like Bradford, he has some bad matchups after the bye. The New York Jets play a stout Seattle Seahawks’ defense in Week 10 then an underrated St. Louis Rams’ defense in Week 11. Those matchups should be avoided especially since Sanchez has been terrible against elite defenses. He had just 214 passing yards combined in his games against San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Sanchez is unpredictable at best right now and should be dropped in shallow leagues. He might be worth stashing in deeper leagues however, since his playoff schedule is excellent.
Consider Dropping In: 10-team and 12-team Leagues
Cut Them Loose Watch List: Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens), Phillip Rivers (San Diego Chargers), Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears)
Keep Them Cut: Tim Tebow (New York Jets), Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs), Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville Jaguars), Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings), Kevin Kolb (Arizona Cardinals), John Skelton (Arizona Cardinals), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers), Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins)