I refuse to watch soap operas, network television dramas or reality shows. The storyline is always much too dramatic and over the top. One of the main characters is constantly being killed off (Dion Lewis) and we’re supposed to dismiss logic and believe a random character from a past season is suddenly back from the dead (DeAngelo Williams).
There’s always the classic villain that everybody hates (Greg Hardy) and there’s the character who amazingly does the one dumb thing they shouldn’t do just in time to wrap things up at the end of each episode (Aquib Talib). On top of all of that nonsense, week in and week out we’re supposed to believe something completely implausible that would never actually happen in real life (Blaine Gabbert). Frankly, it’s a little too ridiculous for me. It’s so cliché’.
We’re on to Week 10 and more Players to Drop. This has to go down as one of the most challenging seasons in Fantasy Football history. Congratulations are in order if you’ve somehow avoided the list of superstars on Injured Reserve: Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Jordy Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, Keenan Allen, Steve Smith and now Dion Lewis. If you haven’t been impacted by one of these injuries, your league hates you, just FYI. If you’ve been hit by more than one of these devastating blows, chances are your weekend looked like this…
The Fantasy Football playoffs begin in Week 14 so there’s just four weeks left to make a late push and shift your focus on sliding into the playoffs instead of DMs (that one’s for the youngins out there), winning your division or simply ensuring your roster is playoff ready. This is the time for you to do your research and make bold moves, while the rest of your opponents are feeling the weight of their decisions like Eddie Lacy feels the weight of his muffin top. You’re about to confidently make the move to put you over the top, while your opponent’s season folds like Ben Roethlisberger’s foot and your league mates are flip flopping and struggling with controversial opinions more than Stephen A. Smith.
As always, there’s plenty of help on the Fantasy Football waiver wire, but before you go out and grab arts and craftsy Tony Romo, James Starks, Karlos Williams or Brandon Bolden, make sure you’re making the right call on which players to drop.
We’ve had a few players like Jonathan Stewart and Marcus Mariota try to prove us wrong over the course of the year, but with recommendations such as Colin Kaepernick, Matthew Stafford, Bishop Sankey, Carlos Hyde, and Andre Johnson, we’ve had a pretty good run this season.
Take a quick look at the full list of recommendations from previous weeks to see how we did:
Week 10 Players to Drop
As always, we’re playing by Talladega Nights rules here folks. If you ain’t first, you’re last!
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
At first glace, much like with Bob’s Burgers, this may seem juvenile and frankly, flat out stupid. However, if you give it a chance and you’re truly honest with yourself you might just find a complex, well thought out idea here after all.
Unlike Bob, Linda, Gene, Tina and Louise, there isn’t anything special or unique about Matt Ryan. I’m going to venture a guess and say the teams rostering Matt Ryan in your leagues either have two quarterbacks or are closer to the bottom half of the standings than the top half.
Ryan has the big name, the stud running back and the elite wide receiver but ranks just 17th in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes on the season, putting him on pace for a pedestrian total of 21.
The peripherals are all there; completion percentage, yards per attempt and quarterback rating are all in line with Ryan’s career averages, but it’s becoming fairly obvious that the focus of the offense is Devonta Freeman. This, along with the lack of a secondary receiving target (we’re looking at you, Roddy White) is having an impact. As Rick Pitino would say, Tony Gonzalez isn’t walking through that door.
Ryan has thrown for either zero or one TD in five of his nine games this season and hasn’t thrown for more than two tds in any of those nine. In fact, in his last 22 games (including the playoffs), Ryan has thrown for more than two touchdowns in a game only once!
Lastly, let’s take a look at Ryan’s playoff schedule. In Week 14 and Week 16, Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons face off against the Carolina Panthers. Julio Jones is an absolute stud, but if there’s one cornerback in the NFL who could limit his production in any given game it’s Josh Norman. If you think that’s giving Norman too much credit, per Pro Football Focus, Norman only gave up 32 yards in coverage in all of October.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
I believe Teddy “Two Gloves” could wind up being a fine pro quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings at some point down the line. Unfortunately for Bridgewater, this column is dedicated to winning a Fantasy Football Championship in 2015, which Bridgewater will not do for you.
For those of you who drafted Teddy Bridgewater, watch the following clip and repeat the message to yourself.
Bridgewater isn’t overly owned, but you can still find him on over 40-percent of rosters in both CBS and Yahoo leagues, which is absurd. We’re through Week 9 and Teddy Bridgewater has eight total touchdowns. Stefon Diggs is going to be a fun player to watch, but Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson and Kyle Rudolph have been a Season 4 of Arrested Development level disappointment.
Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings face off against the Seahawks in Week 13 and the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14. For those 40-percent of you still holding onto Bridgewater, make like Frozen and Let It Go. (Worst joke ever?)
Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
If you’re attempting to be the worst team in your league so you can get the first pick in next year’s draft, start Rashad Jennings.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Being a Fantasy Football owner of James Jones this season is a lot like being a fan of the Terminator franchise. You didn’t have any legitimate expectations when this thing first started, but before you knew it you were pleasantly surprised. Feeling pleasantly surprised quickly evolved into to full blown excitement, which morphed into testosterone filled expletives and fist pumps.
The first six games for Jones resulted in three games with over 70 yards receiving and six touchdowns. At this point in the season, you were in Terminator 2, Judgment Day mode. You would find yourself thinking, some of this doesn’t make any logical sense, but who cares because THIS. IS. AWESOME. !
During the last three weeks, however, Jones has one touchdown and only 89 yards receiving. This is the Terminator 3, Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation mode. It’s not as good as what took place previously, but it’s still alright. It meets the minimum requirements for what’s needed.
We’re heading into Week 10 and Davante Adams is finally healthy, coming off a Week 9 performance in which he caught seven of his 11 targets for 93 yards. Richard Rodgers was targeted nine times and scored two touchdowns and Randall Cobb returned to Fantasy Football relevance with 99 receiving yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. From here on out, owning James Jones is known as Terminator Genisys mode. You haven’t even seen it yet but you know it’s not going to be good.
Since Week 6, James Jones is tied for 166th in the NFL in receptions, with five. If you’ve been hit hard with injuries or have a potential gem on your waiver wire this week, don’t sweat labeling James Jones as a player to drop.
Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
The 2015 Anquan Boldin is much like the 2015 Bruce Springsteen, no one can question the effort or drive and you ultimately respect the performance, but at this point it’s nothing more than a reminder of what once was. Even the outfit is starting to look a little tighter than it should. It’s becoming uncomfortable to watch.
As is Bruce in the video above, Boldin, would probably be better suited in a nice comfortable chair enjoying a cold beer in his age 35 season.
Boldin is owned in over 70-percent of leagues across CBS and Yahoo, but currently ranks 53rd in the NFL in receiving yards, 56th in receptions, 60th in touchdown receptions and 65th in yards after the catch. The fault may be on the supporting cast rather than Boldin himself, as the San Francisco 49ers rank 30th in the NFL in passing touchdowns, 31st in passing yards and last in total yards. Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert aren’t exactly the E Street Band.
I’ll always enjoy watching old YouTube clips of Bruce Springsteen and Anquan Boldin giving crowds their money’s worth, exerting every ounce of energy they had to do the most basic tasks required of someone in their position. Like Bruce famously once said, “You can’t start a fire without a spark.” Unfortunately for Fantasy Football owners, I can’t remember anyone ever saying Blaine Gabbert is on fire.
Honorable Mention: I’m giving these guys another week or so
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Vernon Davis, TE, Denver Broncos
I have some big names on the Players to Drop list, but based on history, my track record is pretty good!
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