They say patience is a virtue, and in some cases that's true, as Eddie Royal proved on Sunday. But sometimes you have to know when to cut bait and move on to the next fling. In 'So Long, Suckers,' we'll talk about a few players that have used up their final chance -- Week 5 was the proverbial last straw. If you own these guys, cutting them was probably at the front of your mind anyway.
Go ahead and do it.
Glen Coffee, RB, 49ers
Given a chance to showcase his skills with bell-cow back Frank Gore injured, Coffee looked mediocre. After a 25-carry, 54-yard game against Minnesota, Coffee averaged just 3.1 yards on 24 carries against St. Louis. This week Coffee did a bit better on the average but only received 12 carries, rushing for 45 yards and a TD. With the San Francisco bye coming in Week 6 and Gore likely back in Week 7, there's no reason for non-Gore owners to keep Coffee on the roster.
It's supremely hard to cut a running back that still has a starting job, but Johnson has done nothing to earn fantasy owners' trust this season. He's received 93 carries in five games this season yet only has 224 yards rushing (for a 2.4 yards-per-carry average) and no touchdowns. Despite the huge workload, his highest game total this season was in Week 2 against Oakland, when he rushed for 78 yards on 24 carries. Feel free to drop the dud if there's someone you want on the wire.
Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys
Still rostered in two-thirds of Fleaflicker leagues, Jones can kiss his spot in the offense goodbye after another great game by Tashard Choice, who averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2008 and is matching that clip this year. Jones has given the coaching staff every indication that he can't handle double-digit carries in a game -- he's just too injury-prone. He's shown great talent when he gets the ball, but that won't be more than 10 times a game (he's reached 10 touches in only one game in his career).
Lee Evans, WR, Bills
How do you lose a game in which you hold the opposing QB to two completions? By having no passing offense yourselves. Seriously, if you can't score against the Browns in your own stadium, there's something wrong with your offense. Evans is supposed to be the deep threat here, but the offensive line isn't giving quarterback Trent Edwards any time to find him. I released him in one league when Eddie Royal hit free agency last week, because Evans is going to have trouble all year.
Laveranues Coles, WR, Bengals
It's hard to knock Cincinnati with how well their season is going, but this looks like a terrible signing by the team. Coles has started five games, yet only has 10 catches to show for it. He was blanked in Week 5 as Carson Palmer again preferred throwing to Chris Henry and Andre Caldwell, along with No. 1 WR Chad Ochocinco. Cut the dead weight off your team and go find a player with some upside, as Coles has none.