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The Fantasy Chop Shop - Week 9
Paul Sandy
November 3, 2010
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About this time of year, the questions start cycling through the minds of most fantasy owners. Should you make a trade? Is it too early to cut the guy you drafted in the sixth round? Fantasy Chop Shop will strip apart the latest NFL player news and trends, and provide counsel on roster management. Here you’ll find timely advice about when to “chop” (cut a player from your roster) and when to “shop” (buy or sell a player via trade). The Fantasy Chop Shop will run every other Wednesday through Week 13.

Chop

Cut ‘em

Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins
The bye week is one reason to dump him. His lack of job security is a second. And his cardiovascular endurance is a third.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles
The switch back to Vick is official.

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
Not worth rostering for the one or two games you might get to use him.

Vince Young, QB, Titans
I can’t think of a better reason to sack Young than the fact that he doesn’t score enough fantasy points.

Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
The Cowboys are a complete mess, all but eliminating Barber’s value.

Ladell Betts, RB, Saints
He seems to be the low man on the totem pole in the Saints backfield.

Laurence Maroney, RB, Broncos
Maroney could use a haircut and a new outlook on life.

Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins
Not a must drop, obviously. But if you’re in a small league and you have a choice between a guy like LeGarrette Blount and Brown, I’d dump Brown and wouldn’t shed a tear.

Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals
He’s in the head coach’s doghouse and he should be on your waiver wire.

Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers
Blount figures to carry the load from here on out.

Justin Forsett, RB, Seahawks
Forsett is at best a matchup-based play. Drop him if you can find a player with more upside.

CJ Spiller, RB, Bills
He might get a look later in the season but for now he’s not offering much.

Donald Driver, WR, Packers
This is a borderline call you’ll have to make based on your league size. Reports out of Wisconsin say Driver won’t play in Week 9 and he’s on bye in Week 10.

Devery Henderson, WR, Saints
Losing too many opportunities to Meachem and Moore.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
Still has upside in dynasty leagues but in standard leagues you can probably do better.

Roy Williams, WR, Cowboys
Now that’s the Williams we’ve come to know and loathe.

Kevin Walter, WR, Texans
Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans
Dead weight.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots
Guys like Jacob Tamme and Brandon Pettigrew are making Hernandez expendable.

Greg Olsen, TE, Bears
You should’ve dropped him last week when the Bears were on bye. Actually, you should’ve dropped him before that.

Shop

Buy ‘em

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
Based on what we’ve seen out of the Lions QB position this year, Stafford has the potential to be a top 10 QB from here on out. Chances are he’s not the primary tosser for the team that owns him in your league. That alone might bring his value down. If you’re weak at QB, he’s is a player you can roll with most weeks. In fact, I don’t see a game on Stafford’s schedule that scares me. 

Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
There are several tier one RBs who haven’t lived up to expectations this season. Turner is on that list along with Maurice Jones-Drew, DeAngelo Williams and Ray Rice. Which one has the best chance to rebound over the second half of the year? My money is on Turner, who has averaged 5.4 yards per carry over his last three games. I like the offense the Falcons have around him. With Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez keeping defenses honest, Turner shouldn’t face as many eight man fronts. Plus the schedule is tilted in Turner’s direction, with games against the Bucs (twice), Rams, Panthers and Saints among others. Look for him to perform like a RB1 going forward. See if you can get him for a RB2 price.

Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins
I like Williams as a buy low candidate mostly because Ronnie Brown is a stiff. With the Dolphins still in the playoff hunt, the Miami coaches should be compelled to give the ball to their best runner. That’s Williams. You shouldn’t have to give up much to land him and at worst you’ll be getting a decent RB3. If Miami should happen to make Williams their primary rusher, you’ll be well set for the fantasy playoffs when the Dolphins meet the Bills and Lions.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
Fears about the concussion are at the forefront of every Jackson owner’s mind. Play off those concerns and see if you can get the explosive wideout at a discount. DJax was lights out with Michael Vick under center. In the two games Vick started and finished, Jackson averaged 144 yards and a touchdown per game. The duo should have plenty of opportunities to torch defenders over the second half of the season.

Randy Moss, WR, ?
Moss is a lottery ticket. If he ends up on the right team, he could bounce back and become a top 20 WR for the rest of the season. If he ends up in a bad situation, he could have another melt down. I’m buying if the price is pocket change and I’m in one of two situations: 1) Leading my division and a virtual lock for the playoffs or 2) Out of the playoff mix in a keeper or dynasty league and rebuilding for 2011.

Sell ‘em

Darren McFadden, RBs, Raiders
Hey, I love what McFadden has been doing this season. However, history tells us he won’t be able to stay healthy. Sell high if you can get a stud that has a better chance to help your team for the long haul. For example, if you can find an owner who will swap McFadden and prospect for Jamaal Charles or Ahmad Bradshaw, pull the trigger.

Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
Try to pawn the PT Cruiser off on an owner that is already thinking about the fantasy playoffs. Thomas still appears to be weeks away from returning and has been out so long he’ll likely be out of football shape if he ever does return. Package Thomas with a WR or TE and see if you can come out the other side with a positional upgrade.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots
The Law Firm just had an improbable two touchdown game against a tough Vikings run defense. See if you can parlay the performance into a deal that will improve your team. BJGE is unlikely to have another game like that this season.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
Bowe has scored five touchdowns in his last three games. Chances are there’s an owner in your league who has been stuck starting stiffs at WR and would love a guy who actually scores touchdowns. Dangle Bowe and see if anyone takes the bait. The touchdowns he’s been scoring are great but if they stop, what will you be left with? Three receptions for 40 yards. That’s what.

Hold ‘em

Nick Folk, K, Jets
Taking a bagel from your kicker is tough to swallow but Folk is worth holding onto for this week’s contest against the Lions.

Dustin Keller, TE, Jets
He’s mired in a three-game slump and with some other TEs emerging, you might be tempted to cut him. Don’t. Keller has some juicy matchups coming up, including games against the Lions, Browns and Texans. Toward the end of the season, things start to get iffy but for now stick with Keller.

Austin Collie, WR, Colts
If you have a deep enough roster, wait out Collie’s finger injury. Indianapolis likely won’t be resting their starters at the end of the season. When Collie gets healthy, he should return to his old reliable self.

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