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Fantasy Dementia: Time to Let Things Go

November 14, 2017

 

 

A part of growing up is moving on from the mistakes of our youth. In terms of fantasy, owners experience the stages of puberty, growth spurts, mid-season crisis, and senile delusions all in the time span of four months. Life is short. Especially in terms of fantasy. 

 

With Week 11 quickly approaching, it's time to start constructing rosters  to maximize the chances of pushing for the fantasy title. 

 

Whether its through waivers or trades, owners should always look for ways in order to improve the team, but in order to do that space is needed. Far too many times do owners hesitate on making moves due to the fear of dropping a player that they have a blind confidence in. 

 

This week we will highlight those dead weight players that need to go in order to free up space for future moves. 

 

If you have specific lineup or roster questions, feel free to submit a question via the "Submit a Question"  button on our home page and we'll be sure to share our opinion. Also don't forget to check out our weekly position rankings! 

 

note: Percents owned based on NFL.com metrics. 

 

Quarterbacks:

 

Matt Ryan

 

Keep in mind every league is different and having Matt Ryan may in fact be the only option available to you. Sadly, there are too many other leagues out there where the likes of Jared Goff and Cam Newton are sitting on the bench. Still owned in over 98% of leagues, Ryan is either one of two things: holding back your fantasy team in terms of QB ceiling or taking up a needed bench spot. 

 

Ryan currently stands as QB15 after being drafted as the number four QB in most drafts back during the start of the season. 

 

I understand that its rough letting go of a player that had a high draft capital used on him, but he has vastly underperformed thus far during the season. Averaging just about 19.80 points per week, Ryan doesn't stand out as someone to keep on your team when it would be better to just stream QBs or roll consistently with your starter for the rest of the year. 

 

 

Running Backs:

 

Legarrette Blount

 

Blount (88% owned) had a good thing going for him. He was the goal line back with one of the best offenses in the league so opportunity was aplenty. That all changed was J-Train aka Jay Ajayi came into Philly. The entire nature of Blount's value was based upon his usage at the goal line, and while he may still receive some carries, there has certainly been a big knock to his value. With his last game in week 9 resulting in the first time Blount failed to get at least a dozen carries, this could be the beginning of his fade in fantasy irrelevancy. 

 

Sporting only two games of more than 70 rushing yards, Blount has lacked the dominant element that the Eagles wanted from the rushing game, and the trade for Ajayi should illustrate the lack of faith in Blount going forward. 

 

His snap counts and usage in the following weeks will be something to monitor, but for now he would not be someone worth stashing on the bench until further notice. 

 

 

All Seattle Backs

 

Sometimes, well articulated points are needed in order to understand the point of the view from another person. In the case of the Seattle backs, all you need to do is watch one game. There is not much that can be said other than the fact that the running game is nonexistent, and any inclusion of one of the backs on your fantasy team essentially acts as a waste of a spot. 

 

Neither Eddie Lacy (53% owned) or Thomas Rawls (43% owned) has managed to score a Touchdown this season and QB Russel Wilson still leads the team in rushing yards. Despite the appeal of owning a starting RB on any team due to the dearth of the position, some things ideas are better left in box tucked away under the bed. 

 

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

 

Terrelle Pryor

 

Pryor (68% owned) has most likely been the biggest bust of the year not caused by some sort of injury. Acknowledged as a 3rd round ADP early on in the year, he has failed to impress not only in the eyes of the fantasy community but his own coaching staff as well. 

 

It's one thing to be on the field and not be able to produce, but Pryor can't even get on the field within a consistent rotation as he been demoted out of the starting lineup. With the emergence of practice squad players like Maurice Harris making more plays in half the time he has, Pyror's days in Washington are limited, and his days on you fantasy teams should be even shorter. 

 

 

Martavis Bryant

 

Juju Smith-Schuster has all but put the nail in the coffin for the Martavis Bryant (64% owned) hype train we were all on during the summer. Amidst trade rumors, poor performance, and a subsequent benching, Bryant has been a roller coaster for his owners, but it finally has to stop.

 

While he was back involved with the offense this past week, the Steelers have consistently shown that in recent years they could only support two fantasy producing WRs week in and out. Bryant thus stands as the odd man out only being able to be fantasy relevant through the incorporation of big plays. 

 

 

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