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Fantasy Chop Shop - Week 7
Paul Sandy
October 17, 2007

The purpose of Fantasy Chop Shop is to 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). Fantasy Chop Shop will run every other Wednesday for the rest of the year.

CHOP

Cut ‘em

Tatum Bell, RB, Lions
With an extra week to get in shape because of the bye, Kevin Jones is likely to begin assuming a heavier workload. That’ll cut into Bell’s already limited opportunities. Release him if there are better options on your waiver wire.

Justin Fargas, RB, Raiders
LaMont Jordan carried a full load on Sunday. He is apparently recovered from his back injury, so it’s safe to dump Fargas.

Gus Frerotte, QB, Rams
Marc Bulger is set to return this week, which pretty much renders Frerotte valueless.

Steve McNair, QB, Ravens
McNair’s days in the NFL are numbered. He’s being out-played by Kyle Boller and doesn’t have any value at this point unless you play in a cavernously deep fantasy league.

Bryant Johnson, WR, Cardinals
Anquan Boldin will return to action this week. That makes Johnson expendable in virtually all fantasy leagues.

Darrell Jackson, WR, 49ers
What a disappointment Jackson has been. His best performance this season was a 4-catch, 69-yard effort a few weeks ago. Considering San Francisco’s poor QB play, there’s little reason to be optimistic about DJax.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers
The trade that sent Chambers to San Diego will cause Floyd to slip out of the starting lineup, diminishing what little value he previously had.

Jeff Wilkins, PK, Rams
Wilkins isn’t getting enough chances and he’s blowing most of chances he does get. You can do better.

SHOP

Buy ‘em

DeShawn Wynn, RB, Packers.
A couple reasons to go after Wynn. First, it’s important to note that Green Bay’s rushing struggles can be attributed in part to a brutal opening schedule. Five of their first six opponents are ranked in the top 11 versus the run. The other, Chicago, is no slouch. Second, head coach Mike McCarthy has indicated that the backfield-by-committee approach isn’t working. After the bye, Green Bay will choose a featured back. Wynn has to be considered the favorite.

Edgerrin James, RB, Cardinals
Following this week’s game against Washington, the time will be ripe for a trade to acquire Edge. Chances are he’ll have a below average performance against a tough ‘Skins team, which will lower his value. Plus, he has a bye in Week 8 so people might be more inclined to deal him. Once the bye week is over though, James should run wild against some of the leagues poorest run defenses — including the Lions, Bengals, Browns, Bucs, Seahawks, 49ers and Falcons.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
If the Roethlisberger owner in your league is only using him as a backup, try to make a lowball offer and see if you can get a bite. I wouldn’t start him this week against the Broncos, but after that he has a dynamite schedule for the next several weeks. I think he’ll easily be a top 7-8 fantasy QB between Weeks 8-13 when he faces the Bengals, Ravens, Browns, Jets, Dolphins and Bengals in succession. If WR is your weakness, consider trying to acquire Hines Ward or Santonio Holmes.

Marvin Harrison, WR, Colts
Harrison’s value is as low as it’s been in a long, long time. Don’t be too quick to write him off though. He still has great speed and runs the best routes in the NFL. Peyton Manning has missed him on a couple throws that probably would’ve resulted in touchdowns. Look for them to start clicking again soon. Harrison should finish the year with 1,200 yards and double-digit TDs. Get him on the cheap if you can.

Lee Evans, WR, Bills
In 2006, Evans scored seven of his eight TDs in November and December. Likewise, in 2005, he notched six of his seven TDs in November and December. Bottom line: He’s a slow starter and a strong finisher. Deal a backup RB or QB to get Evans.

Sell ‘em

Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins
Brown has been phenomenal over the last few games, but I don’t think he can maintain his current pace. Miami just dealt Chris Chambers, who was arguably the team’s second-best offensive player, to the Chargers. With Chambers gone, defenses are at a point where they can focus all of their efforts on stopping Brown and they’re pretty much assured a victory. Add in the instability at the QB position and a tougher stretch of schedule, and the future doesn’t look as bright as it once did for Brown.

Travis Henry and Selvin Young, RB, Broncos
Fantasy owners have been overrating the Broncos rushing game for the last few years. In the heyday of Terrell Davis and Clinton Portis, Denver was a force. As a result, the value of Travis Henry and backup Selvin Young continue to be relatively high despite diminishing returns and uncertainty about Henry’s future. Package Henry and Young in a trade if you own both of them. The Broncos face some tough defenses while Henry is still in the picture (Steelers, Packers, Chiefs and Titans). Assuming he is suspended, as is expected, Young will take over. While he’s looked promising in limited action, Young is an un-drafted rookie. Sure, he could explode but that’s a longshot. You might be better off exploiting the myth that whoever is starting for the Broncos is an automatic stud.

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