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The Fantasy Chop Shop - Week 11
Paul Sandy
November 15, 2006

Chop

Cut ‘em

Justin Fargas, Raiders
LaMont Jordan’s back has healed and he is once again carrying the bulk of the load for the Raiders. Fargas will continue to play a role, but not a big enough one to merit a roster spot in most leagues.

Reggie Williams, Jaguars
After a fast start, Williams has thrown up stinkers in four straight games (never surpassing 20 yards). He now has less receiving yardage than guys like Marty Booker, Travis Taylor, and Cedrick Wilson.

Troy Williamson, Vikings
I mentioned Williamson here a couple weeks ago. He’s losing playing time to Bethel Johnson and Billy McMullen and thus has little to no value in most leagues.

Neil Rackers, Cardinals
A Cardinal sin in fantasy football is to rest on the laurels of a player who has put up good stats in previous seasons. As the best kicker in 2005, Neil Rackers has been the starter for many fantasy teams this year. But the reality is that Arizona hasn’t scored more than 14 points since their brutal loss to the Bears four weeks ago. Cut Rackers and find a better kicker on your wire.

New England Receivers, Patriots
I wrote it last week, and I’m sticking by it. “New England receivers and tight ends will break your heart.” Tom Brady simply spreads the ball around too much and you can never predict which one of his targets is going to have a good game on any given week.

Shop

Buy ‘em

Wali Lundy, Texans
Lundy lost carries to Samkon Gado in Week 10, which has caused his value to wane a bit. If you can get him on the cheap this week, do so. Lundy faces the Bills and Jets over the next couple games and could reward owners with a couple 100+ yard performances.

Brett Favre, Packers
Favre took the Packers into Minnesota and led them to an upset win over the Vikings in Week 10. The veteran has shrugged off criticism that he was washed up and has posted a more than respectable 13:7 TD-to-INT ratio. Green Bay is starting to gel on offense with Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and an improving offensive line. A five-week stretch to end the fantasy season looks pretty sweet for Favre. He should feast on the Seahawks, Jets, 49ers, Lions, and Vikings.

Reggie Brown, Eagles
The return of Donte Stallworth may be causing Reggie Brown owners to sour on their wideout. Since Stallworth came back from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for several weeks, Brown has just three receptions for 51 yards in two games. Brown’s value has spiraled downward, but I doubt we’ve heard the last from him. The Eagles are committed to him as their starter, as evidenced by the 5-year deal the inked him to last week. Plus, the Eagles should see success through the air in with upcoming games against the Titans, Colts, Panthers, and Redskins. If your team is in the playoff mix, but you need to win a few more games, give Brown a look.

Javon Walker, Broncos
You might have to pay a premium to get Walker based on his recent production, but the investment could pay off during your fantasy playoffs. The Broncos, and particularly Walker, will benefit from a sweet schedule in Weeks 15 and 16. They’ll face the Cardinals and Bengals, who are the 27th and 26th ranked passing defenses respectively. A Week 14 game against the 15th ranked Chargers ain’t too shabby either. 

Sell ‘em

Chad Johnson, Bengals   
Johnson is back . . . or is he? The flamboyant wideout posted 260 yards and two scores in Week 10 against the Chargers, but he faces some stiff competition now. The Bengals will face New Orleans, Cleveland, Oakland, Indianapolis, and Denver to close out the fantasy season. All of them rank in the top seven versus the pass, with the exception of Baltimore. Plus with Chris Henry and T.J. Houshmandzadeh stealing catches, Johnson won’t be a model of consistency. Don’t be afraid to deal him if you can get good value.

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Hamstring injuries and wide receivers don’t mix. In Week 10, Fitzgerald reportedly tweaked the same hamstring that kept him out of a few games earlier this month. If your team is making a playoff run, see what Fitzgerald’s name is worth.

Warrick Dunn, Falcons
Dunn won’t fetch the value he would’ve earlier in the season but if you own him, you might want to take what you can get. His yardage totals have been okay. However, he’s not the guy who’s going to carry your team to a championship. Especially considering the level of competition he’ll be facing in the coming weeks—Baltimore, New Orleans, Washington, Tampa, Dallas, and Carolina.