About this time of year, the questions start cycling through the minds of most fantasy owners. Should you make a trade? Is it too early to cut the guy you drafted in the sixth round? Fantasy Chop Shop will 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.
Kerry Collins, QB, Titans
Does Jeff Fisher’s fate now rest in the hands of Vince Young?
Jason Campbell, QB, Redskins
A change in play callers probably won’t help.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
He posted a couple decent weeks but he’s injured now and you can probably find someone better on your waiver wire.
Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets
At this point it’s difficult to make the case that he’s even worth a spot as a backup QB.
Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens
McGahee has cooled off following a hot start. He only has value in TD-heavy leagues and as a handcuff to Ray Rice.
Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks
With a bye this week, the timing could be right to dump him if you play in a smaller league where there are some quality RBs on the waiver wire.
Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals
I had high hopes for Wells but he’s just not getting enough chances.
LenDale White, RB, Titans
The Titans aren’t getting enough goal line carries so it doesn’t make sense to hang onto White.
Fred Taylor, RB, Patriots
Will miss more time following ankle surgery.
Jerious Norwood, RB, Falcons
Norwood just can’t stay healthy. When he does suit up, he doesn’t get enough touches.
Terrell Owens, WR, Bills
He may have been your fourth round draft pick but now he’s a loadstone. If you see something promising on the wire, sever ties and don’t look back.
Roy Williams, WR, Cowboys
Don’t get hypnotized by Williams’ name value. Plenty of waiver wire possibilities have emerged at the WR position over the last few weeks. If you can find someone with more promise, make the move.
Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
The rookie is out indefinitely with a broken arm.
Joey Galloway, WR, FA
The Patriots cut him and so should you.
Josh Morgan, WR, 49ers
Lost his starting job to Michael Crabtree but didn’t have much value to begin with.
Dustin Keller, TE, Jets
His season started out well but fizzled fast.
Adam Vinatieri, PK, Colts
Could miss up to eight weeks following knee surgery.
Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
Doubting Thomas after he split carries with Mike Bell last week? Not me. He should continue to get 15 touches per game. That’s plenty to be productive and it should help him stay healthy. The Saints have arguably the best schedule over the second half of the season. They’ve already had their bye, which is nice. After they face the Dolphins this week, they have a sweet run that features the Falcons, Panthers, Rams and Bucs. The Saints also get the Bucs again during fantasy championship week (Week 16).
Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins
Williams looks quicker and more elusive than he has at any time since his return to football. He’s a serviceable RB2 and would see his value skyrocket if Ronnie Brown were to wear down, which he’s shown a tendency to do. The Dolphins have a soft schedule coming up. Starting in Week 10, Miami will face the Bucs, Panthers, Bills, Patriots, Jaguars, Titans and Texans. You likely won’t have to give up much to get Williams, but your investment could pay huge dividends later in the year.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars
With the Jaguars on bye, it’s not a bad week to check the price on Sims-Walker. If his current owner is struggling to field a team, he or she might be willing to cut a deal. When the Jags return from their off week, they’ll face two of the league’s most susceptible pass defenses in the Titans and Chiefs. Sims-Walker figures to flirt with 100 yards and a touchdown in both contests.
Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
I’m looking at the Cowboys schedule for the balance of the season and I’m not seeing one game in which feel absolutely confident in Romo’s chances (ATL, SEA, @PHI, @GB, WAS, OAK, @NYG, SD, @NO, @WAS). Okay, he’ll probably torch the Seahawks but other than that, it’s a rough road, especially closing out the year with New Orleans and Washington. Those poor matchups could sink your playoff hopes if Romo is your starter. This is a good time to ship him off and find a replacement. Dallas has already had their bye week, so use that as a selling point.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
Mendenhall came up big over the last couple weeks but the reality is those quality fantasy performances came against the Lions and Browns. Things are about to get dicey with upcoming games against the Vikings and Broncos. Other teams Pittsburgh still has to face include the Bengals, Ravens (twice) and Packers. While I don’t think Mendenhall’s value will nosedive, I do think he’s overvalued at this point. Make a move if you’re deep at RB.
Donald Driver, WR, Packers
Last week, Driver eclipsed the century mark for the first time this season and now has three quality fantasy performances in his last four outings. Right now, he’s out-producing Greg Jennings. While Driver won’t fall off the map, he’s not going to be this consistent all year. Not with Jennings calling for more passes and not with the tough games Green Bay has during the second half of the year, including a nasty Baltimore, Chicago and Pittsburgh stretch in Weeks 13-15. Test the market for Driver.
Thomas Jones, RB, Jets
Jones owners might be tempted to sell high after his 200+ yard performance on Sunday. Think twice before doing so. He’s obviously not going to repeat the level of success he had against the Bills, but Jones will come in handy in future weeks with a platter of juicy matchups. In order Jones will face: OAK (good matchup), MIA (bad), bye, JAC (good), NE (fair), CAR (good), BUF (good), TBB (good), ATL (good) and IND (fair).