At this point in the fantasy season, there are a few team owners that are carrying players on the roster based off of past fantasy performance. We hold on to our fantasy legacy players like a child holds on to that last piece of chocolate from the Halloween stash. I have been guilty of holding on to a few of these legacies in my fantasy league. The result of heartfelt GM moves resulted in my loss to THE PHINS and in the tight race of the Prime Time 2010 league dropped me from tied for first to battling for a wild card berth. In this piece, we’ll focus on a few of those players that need to be dropped from the fantasy realm of royalty and a few possible substitutions that may help you not make the dreaded mistakes that plagued this GM!
Marion Barber – Normally, when a starting QB goes down, you immediately look for increased production from the running game, but the Cowboys are a nightmare. Barber is the starter in name only as most of the carries now go to Felix Jones. The Cowboys are also a team in transition, so you can not only expect coaching changes, but look for the team to start looking at players for next season. Barber’s salary cap number may be too hefty for is dwindling production. Take a look at Danny Woodhead or LaGarette Blount as these are some very serviceable backs that are available in lot of leagues.
Donovan McNabb – McNabb seems to have lost the faith of Mike Shanahan and you only need to look at the stats to see why. McNabb has had only one multiple touchdown performance and his completion percentage isn’t anywhere near the league’s elite QB’s. When you combine that with the fact that the Redskins don’t have any consistent receiving threats outside of Chris Cooley and you have a fantasy QB disaster. David Garrard has been inconsistent early, but the Jags have a favorable schedule and he may be playing for his job. Mathew Stafford has a solid receiving threat in Calvin Johnson and could be a mid-season stud for the lucky GM who lands him.
Randy Moss – The unthinkable has happened. Randy Moss is no longer a viable option as a number one receiver. Moss has been traded and cut in one month. Moss has a consistent pattern of causing massive team dissention when he’s not winning and if he comes back this season it may be with a non-contender. Dez Bryant could be a good one to use as Dallas may be looking to see how much the youngster has to give. Another couple of sleepers are Mike Williams and Mike Williams. I mean Williams from Seattle and Williams from the Bucs. Both have been putting up big numbers lately and each has firmly established themselves as the top receiver on their respective teams.
Kellen Winslow – Winslow had no touchdowns through week 8 and is only averaging about 40 yards receiving per game. Quarterback Josh Freeman doesn’t appear to be in synch with his tight end and looks primarily for Mike Williams in the red zone. Jacob Tamme of the Indianapolis Colts could be a fantasy stud at tight end. Peyton Manning loves tight ends and in Tamme’s first game, he had 64 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Brett Favre – Brett’s days are over. I don’t think we’ll have “Annual Favre Retirement Watch” this year as I don’t think anyone will want him after this season. Brett is taking a beating unlike any in his long storied career and I think that time has finally caught up with the old gunslinger. Also, take into consideration the Vikings receiver situation and you wonder if Chris Carter may be getting a call from Vikings soon. Troy Smith of the 49ers could be a fantasy stud. Smith has a young quarterbacks best friend in a potent running game. Add Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree to the equation and you’ve got an interesting situation.