AFTER three weeks of the NFL fantasy season I hope your team is sitting triumphantly at 3-0. I’m not one of those lucky people and I am ready to start axing underperformers who I thought were worth stashing during my draft. For whatever reason, the six players below can be let go.
All numbers/stats provided are based on ESPN fantasy leagues
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Tyrod Taylor, Browns, QB
THIS one is pretty obvious. I’m actually a big fan of Tyrod Taylor’s fantasy game and his (usually) sound scores. However, with Bakermania taking over in Ohio, Taylor’s time as a starting NFL quarterback and a worthy fantasy option has come to an end. For now. He seems set to be relegated to bench duties for the rest of the season, but don’t rule a team trading for him as a one-year rental *cough San Fran cough*. Until then, Taylor should stay on waivers.
Kelvin Benjamin, Bills, WR
WE all knew that Buffalo was going to stink, but Kelvin Benjamin was worth taking a chance on. I mean someone has to catch passes for the Bills right? Well maybe not, through three weeks Benjamin has just 58 receiving yards and six receptions, despite being targeted 15 times. Considering the former Panther wasn’t involved heavily in Buffalo’s shock win over the weekend we can expect more low fantasy numbers for KB.
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ONE of the most dominant defenses from a season ago is looking like a shell of themselves at the moment. New Orleans had the 10th best-ranked defense last year as most of their rookies having an instant impact and everyone else stepping up around them. The Saints aren’t off to an impressive start this year though allowing a league-worst 32.3 points a game compared to the 20.4 points per they allowed last year. This will balance out when they aren’t playing a red-hot Ryan Fitzpatrick and a deep offensive side like Atlanta and that’s great for their playoff chances. From a fantasy perspective though, until something changes the smart move is to ditch the D/ST unit pronto.
Rashaad Penny, Seahawks, RB
HEADING into training camp it seemed like Rashaad Penny had a genuine chance at getting the nod as Seattle’s starting running back. While he eventually lost out to Chris Carson most coaches expected Penny to still receive some of the rushing attempts, even if there were questions marks over the Seahawks’ ability to move the chains. Of the 39 rushing attempts Seattle had a week ago against Dallas, Penny carried the ball three times for five yards. Chris Carson carried it 32 times for 102 yards. Enough said.
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Duke Johnson Jr, Browns, RB
TAYLOR isn’t the only Brown who’s fantasy value is plummeting. After being drafted inside the top-80 on average many thought the versatility Johnson could provide would result in him becoming a reliable fantasy player. Not so much. After three weeks, Johnson has just 68 all-purpose yards and is clearly being outpaced by Carlos Hyde with Nick Chubb quickly gaining ground. Even though Johnson is still owned in over 50% of leagues, I’d be investing in other options.
Robby Anderson, Jets, WR
PERSONALLY I though Robby Anderson was in for a huge year, especially after the Jets landed Saviour Sam to hurl him long passes. And after one week of action, that’s what we thought we were going to see. However, Anderson has been forced to take a back seat behind Quincy Enunwa, who leads the team in targets and receptions through the first three weeks. In fact, even Terrelle Pryor has better targets and receptions than Anderson so far this season. It’s unlikely that this will change in a hurry and even though Anderson might reel off some more long TD’s he’s not worth keeping on your roster for that reason alone.
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