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 through Week 13.
Eli Manning, QB, Giants
If you’re preparing your team for the postseason and Manning is your backup, see what’s out on the waiver wire. Since the opener, Manning has only had three multi-touchdown games and they were against the Jets, Falcons and 49ers. You’re better off with a guy like David Garrard, Vince Young or even Jason Campbell.
Cedric Benson, RB, Bears
Benson sustained a significant foot injury and will miss the remainder of the 2007 season. It’s safe to cut him in all re-draft leagues.
Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins
A torn pectoral muscle cut Williams’ season short. Release him now and keep track of where he ends up in 2008.
Leon Washington, RB, Jets
Washington isn’t getting enough opportunities. Unless you want insurance for Thomas Jones, he probably isn’t worth holding.
Antwaan Randle El, WR, Redskins
Randle El aggravated his hamstring injury and is losing playing time to Keenan McCardell. He doesn’t have enough upside to carry into the playoffs.
Marty Booker, WR, Dolphins
Booker has just eight receptions in his last three games. He’s a waste of a roster spot at this point.
Todd Heap, TE, Ravens
Heap has no business being on your roster. These days it seems as if he can’t get out of bed without pulling a muscle.
Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals
Warner is a fantasy backup in most leagues, but he’ll perform like a starter for the remainder of the 2007 season. His cakewalk schedule started last week against the 49ers. Up next, Warner gets the Browns, Seahawks, Saints and Falcons. Only the Seahawks pose a threat to Warner’s fantasy production.
Ryan Grant, RB, Packers
Grant should torch the 32nd-ranked Raiders run defense in Week 14. He also stacks up well against the Rams in Week 15. Get him on your team now and it could be the key to making it to the championship game. See if you can snipe him from a team that’s on the playoff bubble.
Fred Taylor, RB, Jaguars
Taylor is coming off his best performance of the season, but his value is still relatively low. Most owners consider Maurice Jones-Drew to be the more valuable player, and rightly so. However, if your team will make the playoffs, Taylor could be a nice ace in the hole as a RB3. You probably won’t need him during Weeks 13-15, but plug him for the championship game in Week 16 and he might put up 120 yards and two scores against the Raiders. See if you can get him on the cheap.
Chris Henry, WR, Bengals
Henry made an immediate impact when he returned from suspension, exceeding 80 yards in his first two games of 2007. However, Week 12 was the Chad Johnson show and Henry was relatively quiet. If you can get him at a fair price, it’d be a shrewd move. Most owners likely consider him a WR3 or WR4 at this point. I believe he’ll perform like a WR2 for the remainder of the season with matchups against the Rams, 49ers and Browns during the fantasy playoffs.
Joey Galloway, WR, Buccaneers
With the back injury to QB Jeff Garcia, the Galloway owner in your league might be leery of their wideout’s chances going forward. Garcia is a gusty veteran though and he likely won’t miss more than a game (if that). Take a chance on him and you could be richly rewarded. The Bucs have one of the more favorable schedules to close out the fantasy season with games against the Saints, Texans, Falcons and 49ers.
Kolby Smith, RB, Chiefs
His 150-yard performance against the Raiders was a mirage. Oakland is awful against the run. Smith will not come close to repeating his performance against the likes of San Diego (Week 13), Tennessee (Week 15) or even Denver (Week 14), which has shown great improvement over the last few games. Test the market for Smith.
Kevin Jones, RB, Lions
Jones has made a valiant comeback from a major foot injury, but he’s about to run into a train wreck of a schedule. Deal him now and save yourself the agony of potentially sub-par performances against the likes of Minnesota, Dallas, San Diego and Kansas City.
Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
Johnson has a brutal draw during the fantasy playoffs — Buccaneers (Week 14), Broncos (Week 15) and Colts (Week 16). Chances are he’s an important cog in your starting lineup, but see if you can find a receiver with more upside.