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Fantasy Chop Shop - Week 13
Paul Sandy
December 2, 2009
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With the fantasy playoffs looming and transactions closing in most leagues this will be the final Fantasy Chop Shop for the 2009 season. We hope you've enjoyed this feature and have found it helpful as you groomed your rosters this season.

Chop

Cut ‘em

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
Maybe you can milk him for one more game this week against St. Louis. After that Chicago’s schedule is brutal.

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
Ryan will miss this week’s game against the Eagles. When he returns he’ll face three tough games against the Saints, Jets and Bills. His stats have been below-average since Week 8 anyway.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Bills
Lynch lost his starting job to Fred Jackson. Drop him in 10-team leagues and even 12-team leagues if there’s talent on the wire.

Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins
Portis will likely play again this year, but his matchups aren’t all that great. Plus he wasn’t doing much when he was healthy. Check your waiver wire to see if you can upgrade.

Willie Parker, RB, Steelers
Parker isn’t getting enough touches and probably isn’t even worth a handcuff to Mendenhall at this point.

Bernard Scott, RB, Bengals
Scott suffered a painful turf toe injury Sunday. He will likely give up the backup job to Larry Johnson going forward. Monitor the news around Scott and sever ties if it looks like he’ll miss time.

Earl Bennett, WR, Bears
The erratic play of QB Jay Cutler makes Bennett much too inconsistent for fantasy.

Johnny Knox, WR, Bears
Ditto, Knox.

Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers
A free agent darling earlier this year, Wallace’s production has dropped recently. He’ll be hard-pressed to deliver useful fantasy stats with three consecutive outdoor, cold weather games in Weeks 14-16.

Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets
Edwards hasn’t done squat for the last couple games. The Jets look like they’re going to play ultra-conservative to limit Mark Sanchez’s mistakes. Edwards is droppable in 10-team leagues.

Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins
Placed on IR this week, ending his season.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions
Out for the season with a knee injury.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, Saints
Shockey only has three receptions over the last two games and no touchdowns in his last six outings.

Shop

Buy ‘em

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
Moreno has been consistent but not spectacular in 2009. He hasn’t delivered a 100-yard rushing performance this season and he’s only scored four rushing touchdowns. If the owner in your league considers him a low-end #2 RB or a #3 RB, don’t hesitate to strike a deal. Moreno should feast on his upcoming matchups against the Chiefs, Colts and Raiders—and in the process perform more like a high end #2 or low-end #1. Worst case scenario, Moreno should average 90 all-purpose yards and a touchdown over the next three games but his upside is much higher.

Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
I’ve been a Gore naysayer for the last couple years, but the fact that his value is in the cellar has piqued my interest. The 49ers RB has turned in two mediocre performances in a row. San Francisco is moving to a spread offense but I still like Gore’s chances of getting some touchdowns against the likes of the Seahawks, Cardinals, Eagles and Lions. If you can get him on the cheap, it’s an idea to kick around.

Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
Davis’ value right now is high to be sure. He’s scored a touchdown or posted a touchdown in four of his last five games. However, Davis has easily the most advantageous schedule of any of the top tier fantasy TEs. Paying a premium price for him could be worth it. Davis faces the Seahawks, Cardinals, Eagles and Lions over the next four weeks. He should excel in all of those games. This is a good opportunity to cash out your RB or WR depth to upgrade an often overlooked position.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals
Chad’s value has taken a serious hit in recent weeks. He failed to score a touchdown in the month of November. Some of that had to do with the matchups—the Bengals faced some tough pass defenses (BAL, PIT and OAK). Cincy also faced the Browns, who they pounded with the running game almost exclusively. Going forward, the passing game should return to relevance as Cincinnati draws more favorable foes in the form of the Lions, Vikings, Chargers and Chiefs. Only the Vikings pose a significant challenge.

Sell ‘em

Colts Offense
Fantasy owners looking to make a deep playoff run should consider selling off their Indianapolis offensive players. Team GM Bill Polian re-iterated his stance that the Colts will rest key players in the second half of games once home-field advantage is locked up—regardless if the team is chasing a perfect season. As good as Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai have been, you’ll have a difficult time winning a fantasy championship if they’re only playing half a game.

Ryan Grant, RB, Packers
Grant’s schedule is a mixed bag. He has a matchup against the Seahawks in Week 16, which is the championship game in most leagues. That’s a great opportunity for Grant to excel. The problem is Grant owners will be hard pressed to get to that game since the Packers face the Steelers in Week 15. They also have the Ravens on Monday night this week. With the quality performances he’s had over the last month, you might be able to get some value from him on the trade circuit.

Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
Barber hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 8. He’s had some big plays over the last couple weeks, which has kept his value at a reasonably high level. But with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice siphoning off production, Barber seems likely to burn fantasy owners with some disappointing games. The Cowboys don’t face any creampuffs for the rest of the season either, which won’t help matters. See what you can get for him.

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs
Chambers has been a scoring machine since he arrived in KC but with tougher matchups (DEN, BUF, CLE and CIN) and the return of Dwayne Bowe on the horizon, his numbers will likely suffer. If you can find an owner in your league who is giddy about Chambers’ recent numbers, this is a good time to sell high.

Hold ‘em

Matt Hasselbeck and Julius Jones, QB/RB, Seahawks
Hasselbeck hasn’t had a multi-TD game in a month but don’t dump him on the trash heap just yet. The Seahawks have a favorable schedule during the fantasy playoffs with games against Houston and Tampa. Keep Hasselbeck as your backup QB. As for Jones, it defies logic that head coach Jim Mora wouldn’t give the starting job to Justin Forsett based on what the youngster has shown. However, Mora says the job will be Jones’ when he returns from a rib injury. Hang onto Jones as a backup in leagues with 12 or more teams.

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