Keep, Cut, Wholesale
This week I will quickly go over some players that you, the owner, are undoubtedly looking at and wondering what you should do with them. Is it time to act, or should you just hold on to the underachievers? Just leave it to me, and feel comfortable knowing your defense is in good hands.
As a Hawthorne owner, I feel the pain you are all feeling. If I am willing to hold out while this Thorne blossoms into an IDP rose, you should be too. His hammy hasn’t been right since week 1, and he’s sat already sat out week 5 and is very questionable for week 6. He should be back to full strength soon, and this perennial 100 tackle, stat sheet stuffer should go back to his old ways. Don’t be the one who drops him only to watch him explode on another roster.
While he has yet to step foot on the field in 2012, Pat Angerer is getting much closer to returning. After posted 140 plus tackles in 2011, he’s definitely worth holding onto a few more weeks. Angerer should come back ready to put his foot down on the opposition. If your smart, you will be willing to start that waiver-added linebacker just another week or 2 until Angerer leads your defense to the promise land!
After posting a career full of great IDP numbers, at the age of 34 Bell has finally hit a wall. He seems slower on the field and is getting beat in coverage all over the place. The Jets are on their heals and have begun to limit his snaps over the past 2 games. This is a bad sign when it’s just week 5 in this young NFL season. Cut ties with him, there are other good options sitting on your waiver wire. Yeremiah’s years of fantasy relevance have passed him.
While the talent is undeniable, the Broncos are simply focused on limiting his snaps. When Woodyard is on the field, the numbers are there. The only problem is that the coaching staff has something against him and while this is not the fantasy owners fault, there just isn’t enough here to warrant keeping him. DJ Williams will return at some point this season, giving the coaching staff even more reason to keep Woodyard on the sidelines. I am going to hold onto Woodyard for another week, but will have no problems dumping him at any minute.
It may be hard to comprehend this, but Foster is essentially a 2-down back playing way over his head early in 2012. Use his overachievements in your favor and trade him for a more renowned LB (such as teammate Levonte David). Mason Foster put up huge numbers in week 2 with double-digit tackles and even an interception. He’s continued to put up good numbers, but I hold my breath knowing this should all begin to regress. 2/3 down linebackers simply don’t rack up tackle numbers like this, and I feel now is the best time to sell him super high.
Finnegan has always been a solid tackle guy throughout his career, but never to the clip he’s posting this season. He’s currently on pace for over 100 tackles and 10 plus interceptions. 7 years into the NFL he has averaged closer to 60 tackles and 3 interceptions. As of week 5, he is ranked top 5 in fantasy IDP scoring and that is just not his styles. Finnegan is more adept at pissing off opposing players and starting fights than being a hard nosed, all-pro defensive back. Sell him now before his inevitable fall from grace.
Robert comes from an extensive background in fantasy football. He has competed in competitive leagues for over 10 years, which he has won on numerous occasions. He should bring a fresh perspective to a side of fantasy football looked over by the bulk of fantasy informers. Individual defensive players are possibly the most important element to having a well-rounded fantasy football team, as most people look to the big names to carry their team. Robert comes from a back ground in sports, where he played D3 college basketball at Millsaps College. As an intense competitor he wants to share his knowledge to help you compete in this years fantasy football season.