Time to trade away or drop your fantasy football running back (RB) or wide receiver (WR)?

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You fed up with one of your fantasy studs or late round “sleeper” picks from draft day?  Want to know if it is time to kick them to the curb?  This article is for you!  With the majority of these guys you have 2 options, trade them to another owner that still sees value, or drop them and pick up one of the breakout talents of 2013.

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Running Backs

MonteeBall

Montee Ball – Denver Broncos (64% owned)

I live in Denver, and listen to Denver sports talk radio.  Ball’s name NEVER comes up.  Why?  Because he is irrelevant to our super bowl bound team.  The Broncos are rolling, and Knowshon Moreno is locked in as a RB1, with Ronnie Hillman seeing snaps as the backup.  Ball doesn’t see a snap until late game situations when the outcome is already decided, and no owner wants to gamble on a garbage time touchdown in their fantasy league.  Montee can be safely dropped in all redraft leagues, and even if Moreno were to get injured, it would likely be Hillman stepping in as the new starter for the Broncos.

Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints (32% owned)

This one should need no explanation.  Ingram wants out of New Orleans and is safely off the redraft league radar.  Maybe 32% of owners are holding on hoping he gets traded to the Browns and starts in front of Willis McGahee?  If you need to make room for a player off waivers, Ingram should be one of the first to go.

Daniel Thomas – Miami Dolphins (21% owned)

Are Lamar Miller owners that eager to handcuff their RB2 that Thomas needs to be owned in over 20% of yahoo fantasy football leagues?  All you need to know about this guy is in his YPC.  2011 – 3.5, 2012 – 3.6, and 2013 – 3.1.  Even if Miller goes down to injury, Thomas will be low on the flex radar as a RB with little burst or tackle breaking ability.

The not quite there yet list: David Wilson (NYG) - Finally started to see a few more carries last week, and has a nice matchup with Philly in week 5.  Hopefully there is still time to turn things around.

Wide Receivers

Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys (74% owned)

Austin is a big name that I would be looking to trade if at all possible.  I realize outright dropping him is nearly impossible, but a trade can certainly be considered if there is an owner in your league who thinks he will impress when he returns from his hamstring injury.  My main problem lies in Austin’s history of hamstring injuries, and I see it as only a matter of time until he is on the shelf again.  You can hold and hope he has a big game against the Broncos in week 5, then sell high, but either way I would be trying to drop him off on a Cowboys’ loving manager ASAP

LanceMoore

Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints (46% owned)

I dropped this guy from my big money league after week 2 and haven’t looked back.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I saw him as a sleeper option at WR, hoping that Drew Brees would look his way more this season, but that just hasn’t happened.  Add in a wrist injury, and Moore doesn’t look like he will be a consistent option off your fantasy bench, even as a bye week fill in.  If there is an Alshon Jeffery or Jerome Simpson on waivers, I’d be more interested in them than Lance at this point

Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans (34% owned)

Off field issues, poor work ethic, and now a QB injury have doomed Britt’s season.  Nate Washington has emerged as the top option in the Titans passing game, and I still expect Wright to improve as the season progresses.  Time to drop Britt like a bad habit, and not look back.

Aaron Dobson – New England Patriots (23% owned)

118 yards and 1 TD through 4 full weeks of action.  Do you need to know more?  Amendola and Gronk are coming back, meaning Dobson will be pushed even further down the depth chart.

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  • Phil

    Hey KJ,
    I have Gore, Alfred Morris & Mcgahee at Rb, also have Bradshaw, u think hes finished or will they continue split carries? Calvin, Roddy, Stevie Johnson, Kendall Wright, Santonio Holmes at WR. Witten and Clay TE. Having trouble with settling on #2 WR & HB with Roddy struggling and A. Morris not very dependable. Do you think I have a decent pool of players, just need to find the right combination? Or need to drop some and look on the waiver wire? Also do u think Marlon Brown is worth a pick up? Thanks

  • ProzacDealer

    Thanks for the insight on Ball, dude. I’m dropping him in my money league and looking to pickup Kendall Hunter. Poor Ball. His chances were deflected by Manning’s radiance.

  • vernon dardy

    hey kj quick question should i hold on to tavon austin and deandre hopkins my receivers are week and im looking to get brian hartline while he available

  • David W.

    Do you think hakeem nicks will turn the corner? He has been so non productive this year. Everything will change once Roddy comes back. I have Welker, josh Gordon, and starting hakeem at flex. Is it even worth trying to trade nicks?

  • David W.

    With Eddie royal out for year is Vincent brown a good pickup?

  • David W.

    I was wrong. Vincent Brown is out not Eddie Royal. Do you like the pickup of Royal? I think he gets many more targets this week. Do you like starting at flex hakeem nicks against Philly or royal against Oakland?

  • will

    i cant decide who has more potential as a waiver pick up …robert woods or justin blackmon..i know blackmon is really talented , but gabbert is awful…any advice? non keeper league 0.2 PPR

  • will

    i cant decide who has more potential as a waiver pick up …robert woods or justin blackmon..i know blackmon is really talented , but gabbert is awful…any advice? non keeper , 0.2 ppr league

    i posted earlier but it disappeared lol

  • will

    thanks for writing back..yes i agree im not in love with either of them as well…im just trying to fill my wr3 … my options consist of
    woods
    blackmon
    nate washington
    vincent brown/keenan allen/ eddie royal
    miles austin who is a nightmare healthwise
    marlon brown
    sidney rice
    jeremey kerley
    alshon jeffery
    ruben randle

    my wr1 is brandon marshal and my wr2 is josh gordon