by Angel Maldonado
7 weeks have come and gone and the fantasy landscape has taken shape. Some players have exceeded expectations, but a lot of expected studs have regressed to the point where they’re nowhere close to the level of production we expected from them. Some deserve the chance to bounce back, but others look like they won’t be significant fantasy contributors this season. So who do we finally need to cut bait with? Read on to find out!
It isn’t due to a lack of individual talent. We saw last year that under the right circumstances Mixon can thrive and be a part of any championship roster. But these are not the right circumstances. By most PFF offensive line metrics, the Bengals are the worst in the league. Their offense as a whole is inept, and that won’t change even with the return of AJ Green. It’s a disappointing season for a RB that was expected to take a leap into stardom, but it’s time to stop thinking he’ll be a big contributor this season.
JuJu has arguably been the biggest disappointment of the season. Coming into the season as the unquestioned No.1 WR in Pittsburgh, JuJu had the potential to be a Top 3 receiver in fantasy. Instead, he faced the vaunted New England defense Week 1 before losing his Hall of Fame QB for the entire season. He’s going to be an excellent post-hype pick up in 2020, but in 2019 he’s not going to live up to his status and is at most a flex player on a championship team.
This one hurts. I loved Montgomery’s playstyle, his strength, and his potential. But none of that matters when you aren’t making the most of the limited opportunity you have. The Bears are without a doubt an abomination of an offense, but Montgomery hasn’t been lights out either. He’s only had a YPC better than 5 in one game (vs Redskins) and has routinely been running into walls. He’s had trouble finding holes, even when they are there, and it may be time to realize Montgomery won’t be the league winner many people expected. Thanks, Matt Nagy.
Lesean McCoy is a homewrecker. The Chiefs looked poised for a happy backfield composing of Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson until Lesean McCoy came along and ruined everything. Indeed, this fantasy backfield has not been as productive as anticipated and things don’t look like they’re going to get better with Matt Moore under center.
The days of Josh Gordon dominating games and breaking records are long gone. Eligible to play after another offseason mired in controversy, Gordon has been unable to find the success he’s enjoyed throughout his career. He was recently placed on IR and the rumor is the Patriots will waive him once he is fully healthy, meaning Gordon will have a chance to catch on with another team. I wouldn’t count on this being the case and I’d drop him in any and all leagues besides Dynasty.
Guice has had the least ideal start to a season possible sans being drafted by the Cardinals or Dolphins. A torn ACL followed by another injury this year have limited Guice to 10 carries for… 18 yards. Not great. It won’t get any better either. Peterson is clearly still an effective back, Chris Thompson is holding down the fort when it comes to passing downs, and Guice simply doesn’t excel enough for him to make much work away from them. It’s time to move on from Guice and look elsewhere for RB help.
Although we were big believers in Justice Hill, he shouldn’t be rostered in anything but Dynasty rosters. Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram are going to hold on to those starting jobs for at least the rest of the season and there are better ways to use your roster spots.
This goes for the ten people still rostering him. DROP. ROB. GRONKOWSKI. He isn’t coming back this year. Shame on you.