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The Fantasy Chop Shop - Week 11
Paul Sandy
November 12, 2008
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The Fantasy Chop Shop strips apart the latest NFL player news and trends, and provides 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, sell or hold a player). The Fantasy Chop Shop will run every other Wednesday for the rest of the year.


Cut ‘em

Marc Bulger, QB, Rams
He showed a glimmer of hope after the coaching change, but it turns out he still stinks.

Derek Anderson, QB, Browns
No sense in hanging onto him unless you’re in a dynasty league or deep keeper league.

Trent Edwards, QB, Bills
Edwards has a 3:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio since suffering a concussion on October 5.

Matt Schaub, QB, Texans
He’ll likely miss the next three games. When he comes back, he’ll face the Packers (in Green Bay), Titans and Raiders. All three have above average pass defenses.

Seneca Wallace, QB, Seahawks
Matt Hasselbeck is due back any day now.

Rex Grossman, QB, Bears
Even if Kyle Orton doesn’t play this week, Grossman won’t be useful versus the Packers unless you play in a mammoth league.

Ryan Torain, RB, Broncos
It was fun while it lasted.

Michael Pittman, RB, Broncos
Pittman was placed IR and his season is over.

Chris Perry, RB, Bengals
He was almost as productive during the two years he spent on IR.

Isaac Bruce, WR, 49ers
He hasn’t cracked 50 yards or scored a touchdown in a month. If Bruce doesn’t get it done against the Rams this week, dump him.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, Saints
He’s all bark no bite. Every time he takes the field he gets hurt. I bet you can do better on your waiver wire.

Heath Miller, TE, Steelers
He has his moments. Right now isn’t one of them. Miller will likely miss a week or two with an ankle injury.


Buy ‘em

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers
A disappointing effort against Kansas City and the prospect of road game in Pittsburgh may have the Tomlinson owner souring on their top RB. It’s worth your time to get a feel for the asking price. After Pittsburgh, the Chargers have a favorable stretch of games that includes the Colts, Falcons, Raiders and Chiefs. Tomlinson may not be able to carry fantasy squads any more, but he’s still a worthy starting RB.

Steve Slaton, RB, Texans
Slaton had an awful game against the Ravens. But then, who doesn’t? The fact that he split carries with Ahman Green and Ryan Moats is a mild concern, but it likely was as much a product of the matchup as anything. Baltimore was winning big in the second half. And the Houston coaching staff may have been protecting their RB a bit. The Ravens not only shut down running backs they hurt them (see Mendenhall, Rashard). Buy low on Slaton because five of Houston’s next six games are against below average run defenses. Slaton will draw the Raiders in championship week (Week 16), which is about as good as it gets.

Greg Jennings, WR, Packers
Jennings has gone three straight games without a 100-yard game or a touchdown. The Jennings owner in your league is probably feeling a little disheartened. Take advantage now because the Packers top WR will get his mojo back. Green Bay has a relatively easy run of games to close out the season starting this week against Chicago, which ranks 30th in the NFL against the pass.

Bernard Berrian, WR, Vikings
Waaaay back in Week 3 the Chop Shop advised readers to deal for Berrian in anticipation of a QB change. If you listened, the move worked out and you enjoyed one of the most productive WRs in the NFL over the last six weeks. If you missed your opportunity to nab Berrian, here’s another chance. After posting a bagel last week against an elite Packers secondary, Berrian’s value has deflated a bit. This is a good time to make an offer. Once the Vikings get past this week’s game versus the Bucs, their schedule is a cake walk with games against Jaguars, Bears, Lions, Cardinals and Falcons.

Sell ‘em

Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
The next three games look okay. But when the fantasy playoffs roll around in Weeks 14-16, the Cowboys will face the Steelers, Giants and Ravens. Those are the first, seventh and second-ranked run defenses respectively. If you’re a playoff contender, try to deal Barber before the fantasy postseason begins.

Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins
A heavy workload has taken its toll on Portis. He’s been diagnosed with a sprained MCL. Test the market now. Portis will close out the season with games against the Giants, Ravens and Eagles from Weeks 13-16—none of which is very promising.

Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
Johnson’s season could cool off just as quickly as it heated up. Although he has favorable matchups in two of the next three weeks, by the time the fantasy playoffs roll around things will start looking bleak. Johnson will go up against the Packers (at Lambeau), Tennessee and Oakland (in the Black Hole) in Weeks 14-16. Those three teams possess arguably the three best cover corners in the NFL (Woodson, Finnegan and Asomugha. Don’t risk disappointment if you can get fair value in return for Johnson.

Hold ‘em

Thomas Jones, RB, Jets
I admit I was down on Jones earlier this season. Consider me a convert. The offensive line is blocking well and Jones looks much quicker than he has at any time since he came to New York. The Jets have a cupcake schedule beginning in Week 13 when they face the Broncos, 49ers, Bills and Seahawks. The only way I’d deal him is if my team absolutely needed to win the next two weeks in order to make the playoffs. Road games versus the Patriots and Titans don’t bode well for Jones.

Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RBs, Patriots
It’s difficult to tell how New England’s backfield will look come Week 14, but the schedule gets juicy at that point with games against the Seahawks, Raiders and Cardinals. If you currently own Morris and/or Green-Ellis, hold tight. One or both of them could be handy before it’s all said and done.

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