It happens every year, you draft a “can’t miss” player, and not only does he miss, he gets fazed out of the offense entirely (a la Kenny Britt). This is your weekly dose of the players that it is time to trade or sell on. In most instances, I would advise you attempt to trade them and get any value possible, if a trade isn’t possible, feel free to cut them loose, and check out my waiver wire article for ideas of who could be rising fantasy stars.
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Marlon Brown – Baltimore Ravens
When Jacoby Jones went down to injury, Brown was one of the hottest waiver wire adds around. He was a decent flex play for a couple of weeks, but the time has come to let go. If you can make ANY deal here, I’d take it. The Ravens are getting back to their power run game, Flacco has been awful, and Jones should be resuming his WR2 duties. Brown will have hardly any value going forward, and can be safely dropped in most formats.
Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs
To be fair, I don’t think this is entirely Bowe’s fault. He still appears to have “it”, but with game manager extraordinaire Alex Smith in town, Bowe just doesn’t have the same opportunities to stretch the field. After his latest 4 catch, 35 yard stinker, it is time to let Bowe go. You should be able to find a buyer of some sort on him in the league, maybe picking up a guy like Vincent Brown of the Chargers who your opponent thinks he is selling “high” on. Either way, Bowe’s season high in receptions is 4, and while he will surely find the end zone a few times along the way, he isn’t a player you want on your fantasy squad come playoff time.
Daryl Richardson/ Zac Stacy/ Isaiah Pead/ Benny Cunningham – St. Louis Rams
I realize none of you own Benny Cunningham. Just threw in his name to make a point. What we see going on here in St. Louis is very reminiscent of Mike Shanahan a few years ago in Washington. Different “lead” back every week, no dominant runner, not even a flex play among the group. If you can sell any of these guys and get a decent handcuff like Ben Tate or Danny Woodhead I would do it. Sell high on Stacy while he is the back to own in St. Louis – Fisher will probably get a nervous twitch and start a new back in week 7 as the Rams continue to flounder.
Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
Is the era of the running QB coming to a close? Seems that way, as opposing defenses have figured out how to shut most of these running QB’s down, and Kaepernick’s fantasy owners have been the ones to suffer, as he has racked up a total of just 154 yards rushing through San Fran’s first 5 games. Compounding the problem is a solid defense, which means the 49ers don’t usually have to play from behind, so Kaepernick can safely hand the ball off to Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. Kaep is on the can’t cut list in many leagues, but he makes far better trade bait anyway, so see if you can find a “buy low” guy in your league that wants to take a chance.
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