There comes a time in every fantasy football season where an owner must make a hard but necessary decision. That decision is dropping a player from his/her team that was not only a huge draft day investment but also a carries an emotional attachment as well, be it fanhood, draft position or personal attraction. Like in real life, if you continue to go through the motions of an obviously failing relationship, things will only get worse. Sure, it seems harmless enough to keep your once coveted player on the bench. You’re probably taking the approach that if you leave it alone, it will fix itself. Week after week, he’s taking up space on your roster while you desperately hope he has a breakout game that will not only lift your team but your personal feelings as well. If you’re suffering from a severe case of “Fantasy Hoarding”, you may even be starting this player as a willful attempt to self-gratify. This of course leads to more overall losses and before you know it, not only is your player depressing; your team becomes a victim of the circumstance and is reflected in an even more depressing light. My advice to you is to cut ties with these players. As the old cliché states, “If you love them, set them free.” Only good things can come of letting go. You open up a roster spot for a serviceable player who will not be deadweight to your team. This will better your team as a whole and don’t worry about that fear that your player will be scooped up immediately after clearing waivers, he’s someone else’s problem now. Here are three players who deserve an immediate breakup.
Shonn Greene: This highly touted running back was supposed to be the fantasy cash cow this year. With Mark Sanchez still on a learning curve, the Jets were supposed lean heavily on Greene who had a phenomenal post season last year. So well that the Jets decided to jettison Thomas Jones and then signed a 31-year-old has-been who was run out of San Diego to give Greene a breather here and there. Unfortunately for Green, that has-been has become the features back in New York and Greene numbers are not only suffering, (only 323 yards with 1 TD) but Greene only gets substantial carries in garbage time when the Jets have a game well in hand. Greene is still owned in 84% of all Yahoo! Leagues.
Ryan Mathews: It was all set up perfectly. L.T. gone, Darren Sproles obviously didn’t have the frame to be an all around back and Vincent Jackson was holding out which meant the Bolts would have to implement more runs. Mathews was taken 12th overall in the 2010 draft and was instantly slotted in as the team’s starter. After seeing his stock rise throughout camp, he seemed to be a sure-fire pick. Clearly Mathews didn’t get the memo. The rookie has only rushed for 297 yards and has only 1 touchdown to his name (8 carries for 15 yards last week.) Furthermore, Mathews is constantly banged up and is seeing Mike Tolbert taking over a lot of the carries. Mathews is still owned in 93% of all Yahoo! Leagues.
TJ Houshmanzadeh- This often-spoofed name used to be synonymous with 90+ receptions with a handful of touchdowns. However, the 33-year-old receiver is in his ninth year and third team and it’s starting to show. Coming off his worst statistical year since 2003, Houshmanzadeh looked for new life in Baltimore where he could find openings in defenses while most of the attention was on Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice. Unfortunately for TJ, his body is slowing down which explains only having 9 receptions and 1 touchdown. Kick Housh to the curb but be gentle, he’s old. TJ is still owned in 35% of all Yahoo! Leagues.
About the Author
Written by John Buffone
John was born in Rural Valley, Pennsylvania. He attended Clarion University and received a degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism. He currently hosts "The Sports Zone with John Buffone" on AM 1380 WTYM in Kittanning, PA. John is also a sports columnist for the Kittanning Paper and a contributor to Examiner.com, and CatholicSportsJournal.com.