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The Fantasy Chop Shop - Week 13
Paul Sandy
November 26, 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). This is the final edition of The Fantasy Chop Shop for this season.

CHOP

Cut ‘em

Jason Campbell, QB, Redskins
If there are better options on your waiver wire, Campbell is probably a safe drop. Washington faces three difficult opponents over the next four games.

Matt Schaub, QB, Texans
Dump the Schaub. His recovery is taking longer than the team had hoped. Plus Houston has some tough games ahead.

Marc Bulger, QB, Rams
You should’ve given up on Bulger a long time ago.

Edgerrin James, RB, Cardinals
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. James has no value unless you feel the need to back up Tim Hightower. Even that job might be better filled by J.J. Arrington.

Deuce McAllister, RB, Saints
The touchdown run on Monday night notwithstanding, McAllister looks slow. He has little value going forward unless you’re in a touchdown-heavy league.

Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys
Placed on IR last week. Keep your eye on him in 2009.

Shaun Alexander, RB, Redskins
He was released yesterday. Betts is the handcuff for Clinton Portis owners.

Donte Stallworth, WR, Browns
More like Stallworthless.

Devery Henderson, WR, Saints
He’s not getting enough downfield looks with Colston and Moore ahead of him on the depth chart.

Joey Galloway, WR, Buccaneers
Has historically done well against this week’s opponent, the Saints, but he’s probably not worth holding onto any longer.

L.J. Smith, TE, Eagles
Passed on the depth chart by Brent Celek.

SHOP

Buy ‘em

Brett Favre, QB, Jets
Favre slumped midway through the season, but he’s found a rhythm now. He has tossed four touchdowns over the last two weeks—and both opponents had good defenses. In the next four games, the three-time MVP should feast on the Broncos, 49ers, Bills and Seahawks.

Chris Johnson and LenDale White, RBs, Titans
Tennessee’s running game has been stalled the last three weeks. At least some of their struggles can be attributed to tough competition. The good news is the Titans have one of the easiest schedules over the next month with games against the Lions, Browns and Texans. Make a play for Johnson or White this week while their values remain low.

Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins
Brown is coming off his worst performance since mid-October. Now is the time to swing a deal because Miami closes out the season with games against the Rams, Bills, 49ers and Chiefs. Although teams have figured out the Wildcat formation, Brown still should find success against these lame-duck opponents (with apologies to the Bills).

Roddy White, WR, Falcons
White has just one 100-yard game in his last four outings, which has lowered his value a bit. If you can get him at a reasonable price, this is a good time to buy. The Falcons have a juicy schedule with games against the Chargers, Saints and Vikings over the next four weeks.

Sell ‘em

Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
Turner’s performances at home versus on the road are night and day. He has 12 touchdowns at home and one on the road. Unfortunately, the Falcons close out the fantasy season with three of their last four games on the road. The final two matchups are against the Buccaneers and Vikings—two of the best run stopping defenses in the NFL. Consider dealing Turner, but only if you can get top value.  

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
Teams with championship aspirations will want to consider dealing Big Ben, who faces the Ravens and Titans in Weeks 15 and 16, respectively. Roethlisberger’s stats will likely fall well below his average over this two-game period.

Braylon Edwards, WR, Browns
His value isn’t high but you might just want to bite the bullet and get what you can for Edwards. He’s not playing with a lot of confidence at this point and the team’s next three opponents are the Colts, Titans and Eagles. Indianapolis and Tennessee allow the fewest fantasy points to WRs while Philly allows the eighth fewest.

Terrell Owens, WR, Cowboys
Two weeks ago, the Chop Shop advised readers to trade away Marion Barber III. The same advice holds true for Owens even though he’s coming off a monster performance. Dallas will face a murders row of opponents in Weeks 14-16—the Steelers, Giants and Ravens. Owens might be decent over that stretch but it’s worth your time to see what you can get for him.

Hold ‘em

Leon Washington, RB, Jets
Washington has scored six touchdowns in his last six games. Since he’s coming off a two-touchdown effort in Week 12, the temptation might be there to sell high. However, the Jets schedule doesn’t get tougher . . . it gets easier. The team will face the Broncos, 49ers, Bills and Seahawks over the next four weeks. Washington is a fine play in all four of those games.

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