NFL fantasy football: It’s time to bail on 4 players
BY JEFF AGREST Staff Reporter October 29, 2013 6:38PM
Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (right) comes up empty against Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson. | Bill Feig/AP
WEEK 9 OUTLOOK
Bye weeks: Broncos, Lions, Giants, Cardinals, 49ers, Jaguars.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Chargers at Redskins: The Chargers rank fourth in yards, the Redskins seventh. There are start-worthy players at every position.
GAME OF THE MEEK
Ravens at Browns: Ray Rice should be the best play in this game, but he hasn’t been himself.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
QB Terrelle Pryor, Raiders: The top rushing quarterback could be useful during a six-team bye week against the Eagles’ second-worst defense.
RB Ryan Mathews, Chargers: He’s coming off back-to-back 100-yard games, and the Redskins have the third-worst run defense.
WR Kendall Wright, Titans: Jake Locker is back, and a suspect Rams pass defense awaits. It has allowed the third-most touchdown passes to wideouts (11).
PLAYERS OF THE MEEK
QB Tom Brady, Patriots: The Steelers have allowed one touchdown pass or fewer in six of their seven games. Brady has thrown for two scores in his last four games.
RB Steven Jackson, Falcons: He’s back from a hamstring injury, but he’s not worth playing against the Panthers’ second-ranked run defense.
WR Greg Jennings, Vikings: He has a favorable matchup against the Cowboys’ league-worst pass defense, but he has an unfavorable quarterback situation.
WEEK 8 PICKS
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
RB Le’Veon Bell: 18 touches,
51 yards, TD run
WR Marques Colston: 3 catches, 18 yards
QB Tony Romo: 206 yards, 3 TDs
PLAYERS OF THE MEEK
QB Andy Dalton: 325 yards, 5 TDs
RB Jacquizz Rodgers: 4 touches, 19 yards
Patriots wide receivers: Dobson 4-60-1; Amendola 3-15; Edelman 2-7
Updated: October 30, 2013 1:04PM
I’m done with Marques Colston.
Sunday was supposed to be his breakout performance of the season. Tight end Jimmy Graham, the Saints’ leading receiver, was limited by a foot injury. The Saints were playing the Bills, who had allowed the second-most yards and touchdowns to wide receivers. The stars were aligned.
Colston’s line: three catches, 18 yards, one fantasy point (basic-scoring system).
Take solace in Colston’s team-leading six targets if you want, but Lance Moore scored a touchdown in his first game back after missing three with a hand injury, rookie Kenny Stills had 129 yards and two touchdowns on three catches and Graham had two scores despite playing only 20 of the Saints’ 73 snaps.
It’s just not happening for Colston. He hasn’t scored more than nine points since Week 1 (when he had 12), and he has scored one point in each of the last three games. It’s strange, but the NFL’s sixth-ranked offense has only two players owners can start with confidence: Graham and quarterback Drew Brees. Everyone else is a crapshoot.
Unless you’re Colston, who’s just . . . well, you know.
In a 10-team league, feel free to drop him.
Other droppable players:
WR Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs: I always thought if a player signed a five-year, $56 million contract, he’d play a big role on the team. The Chiefs must consider ‘‘decoy’’ to be a big role because that’s what Bowe has been all season. He has season highs of five catches and 66 yards, and he has scored only two touchdowns. Safe-and-sound quarterback Alex Smith isn’t taking advantage of Bowe’s big-play ability.
RB DeAngelo Williams, Panthers: He had almost half the season to solidify himself as the featured back before Jonathan Stewart (ankles) returned. But Williams hasn’t done nearly enough, and he has been involved less in each of the last three weeks. He has been losing scoring chances to quarterback Cam Newton and running back Mike Tolbert (three touchdowns apiece) all season, and now he’ll lose carries to Stewart, who’s expected to return this week.
WR Julian Edelman, Patriots: After catching 34 passes in the first four games, he has caught 14 in the last four. On Sunday, with tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola in the lineup together for the first time, Edelman saw a season-low 33 snaps. He caught two passes for seven yards.
RB Willis McGahee, Browns: If you ran to the waiver wire to claim him in September, you can run right back and drop him. He has scored four points or fewer in five of his six games, and he’s averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Even though he’s the Browns’ clear-cut lead runner, you can find a receiver with better production.