There comes a time when it becomes necessary to just let things go. That favorite old “Huey Lewis and the News” tee shirt just simply doesn’t hold up anymore and a trip to the curb beckons. It is no easy task to say goodbye and let it go. However, the stains along with the holes have begun to outnumber the stitching and family members have begun to mention “a certain smell” that accompanies the attire.
You see where I’m going with this, right?
In fantasy football there also comes a time when players have ‘hit the wall’ and no longer garner the fantasy relevance they once held. That stud RB that led your team to a 2010 championship can’t stay healthy or has seen his role reduced to short yardage specialist. That speedy WR that brought home the hardware back in 2011 has lost a step and a lot of his ability to hold on to the ball.
Trust me. As a one time Marshall Faulk owner who just couldn’t say goodbye I know of what I speak (write).
As the snow and temperatures fell at an alarming rate here in my home state of Michigan last weekend I decided to do a little fantasy ‘house cleaning.’ The following is a list of players that are no longer welcome on my draft board heading into the 2014 season.
, RB, BALTIMORE: It may well have been a troublesome hip issue that helped lead to the paltry 660 yards rushing and four-touchdown performance for Rice in 2013. Maybe that is why he saw the lowest number of targets (73) and receptions (58) since his rookie season of 2008 and put up only 321 yards receiving. Or maybe, logging over 1,500 touches prior to last season over a five-year span have left Rice as a spent RB at the ripe old age of 27. Coming off of a season in which he posted career lows in both yards per carry and yards per reception I am officially moving on from Rice. Thanks for the memories Ray but this has the look of a Shaun Alexander scenario written all over it. Oh yeah, one final nail in the fantasy coffin. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is also talking about setting up more of a RB “timeshare” moving forward. Ouch.
, WR, NEW ORLEANS: After a frustrating season in which Colston put up five games with less than 50 yards receiving and another five in which he failed to hit 75 yards it’s time to say adieu. He posted his lowest yardage total since 2008 when he was limited to 11 games and also registered his lowest touchdown total since that same season with five. You have to go back to 2009 to find a reception total (70) that is lower than the total (75) he put up in the 2013 regular season. With youngsters Kenny Stills and
primed to take on larger roles in the passing attack and the best TE in the game garnering 142 targets last year, the writing is on the wall for Colston. Don’t be the last person to read it and wait one year too long to get Colston off your draft board.
, QB, BALTIMORE: A great playoffs and Super Bowl run back in the 2012 season had some folks high on Flacco heading into last season. Those folks were wrong. Not even a stud WR option like
or an above average possession TE like
can elevate ‘chuck it long’ Joe into even fantasy backup territory heading forward. He is what we thought he was.
, RB, FREE AGENT: Perhaps a change of scenery is just what ‘D-Mac’ needs to fulfill on all that promise we once saw. It’s possible that he signs a one-year deal somewhere and sets the fantasy world on…I can’t even finish typing it folks. McFadden has never played more than 13 games in a season since entering the league back in 2008. Over the past three years he has played in 29 of a possible 48 games and has had to deal with a myriad of lower body injuries. It’s way past time that we stop chasing the production he flashed in 2010 (1,664 total yards and 10 TDs) and has never approached since. The ship has sailed on McFadden reaching No. 1 RB status for fantasy purposes, just wave and wish him well.
, WR, CAROLINA: Bless Smith for getting everything he could out of his 5’ 9”, 185-pound frame but the sun has set on his fantasy worthiness moving forward. He is 34 years old and suffered through a 2103 campaign that saw him deal with a hip pointer, ankle issues and finally a sprained PCL. Smith did not reach 70 yards receiving in a single game in 2013 and failed to reach even 50 yards on five occasions. Next season will be his 14th in the NFL and he does not belong on fantasy radars any longer.