So Long, Suckers: Time to Trade in Cadillac for an Upgrade
Fed up with one of your players? Eyeballing a player on the wire, but don't know who to drop? So Long, Suckers examines a few players widely-owned that probably shouldn't be.
Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers
Caddy had 51 touches in Weeks 1 and 2. You know what he did with those touches? Nada (157 yards, 0 TD). He was nowhere to be found on the Bucs' lone TD drive this past Sunday, as LeGarrette Blount took over at RB and bullied his way into the end zone. Williams may still start when the team returns to the field in Week 5 (they're on a bye this coming week), but head coach Raheem Morris has already gone public with his desire to lighten Caddy's load. Throw in Blount's role as a short-yardage/goal-line back, Earnest Graham's involvement in the offense (21 touches through three games), and the eventual return of Kareem Huggins, and its hard for me to envision Caddy doing more with a lot less. Why not replace him with someone who actually has some upside? Peyton Hillis (42%), C.J. Spiller (76%) and Donald Brown (58%) are far more attractive. They're also owned in fewer leagues.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers
Can someone please explain to me why Jackson is owned in more leagues than Mike Williams (TB), Louis Murphy and Demaryius Thomas? Seriously, I'd really like to know. Jackson's out until at least Week 7 and the Chargers have no plans to trade him before the October 19 deadline. I'll give the super deep-leaguers a pass on this one, but those in 12 teams or less? For the love of precious roster space, kick this dude to the curb already.
Brett Favre, QB, Vikings
Favre's thrown just two scores against six interceptions through three contests, he couldn't get things going against a hapless Lions secondary, and his main man Sidney Rice isn't due to return until Week 8 at the earliest (if at all). Is anybody surprised that Favre is now regretting his decision to return this season? You can keep him as your backup if you want, but when there are quarterbacks like Kyle Orton (40% owned), Michael Vick (79%) or even Mark Sanchez (58%) available on the wire, I see no reason to hold onto the soon-to-be 41-year-old greybeard. There's no time for nostalgia here, folks; fewer than eight points per week just isn't cutting it.
Devin Aromashodu, WR, Bears
Aromashodu has officially fallen off the face of the fantasy earth. He played just one snap a week after hauling in five catches for 71 yards in the opener, and was an inactive on Monday night. Some believe he's in Mike Martz's doghouse due to a combination of dropped passes and missed blocking assignments, others say it's because of Aromashodu's refusal to play the slot. Whatever it is, his value is now in the tank. And with other Bears receivers like Johnny Knox, Devin Hester and tight end Greg Olsen stepping up to make plays, there may be no place for him in the offense if/when he and Martz kiss and make up. Drop him for someone like Brandon Lloyd (14% owned), will you?
Robert Meachem, WR, Saints
Could it be any clearer that Meachem is NOT going to come close to matching last year's 722 yards and nine TDs? Six Saints have more receiving yards than Meachem, and seven have more receptions. Forget about being a fantasy option, he's not even a real-life option in one of the league's top passing offenses. I don't know about you, but I can do better with a bench spot than four catches and 38 yards (his season totals, not his Week 3 output). Maybe his struggles are due to the surgery he had on his toe this offseason, or maybe they're due to the return of Lance Moore. Who knows? I'll tell you what I do know: 65% of you need to stop living in the past.