by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
In order to be active on the waiver wire you have to be willing to cut bait on someone sitting on your bench. Sometimes that decision is easy, but that’s not always the case. Here are three players who had been viewed as potential contributors this season that we’d be willing to move on from at this point:
Mike Wallace – Wide Receiver – Minnesota Vikings
Isn’t he supposed to be a big play threat? The hope was getting him out of Miami and uniting him with Teddy Bridgewater would get him on track, but it simply hasn’t happened. He’s coming off his worst game of the season, turning 9 targets into 2 receptions for 23 yards.
Just to make matters worse he is averaging just 11.6 yards per reception and has yet to have a catch longer than 22 yards. In fact he hasn’t caught a pass attempt of 20+ yards (he has 10 receptions on passes thrown between 11 and 20 yards, including his season long reception).
If you are in a 14+ team league outright dropping him may be a bit extreme, but it’s becoming more and more obvious that he’s going to be a player nearly impossible to depend on. There’s simply been no boom to his game and is nothing more than a depth option (especially with Stefon Diggs quickly emerging).
Karlos Williams – Running Back – Buffalo Bills
This is another player who is difficult to drop, but if you are in need of a roster spot he appears expendable. He continues to battle his way back from a concussion and LeSean McCoy returned to the field in Week 6 and looked to be healthy (17 carries for 90 yards and 1 TD).
Will Williams have a role once healthy? Most likely, but barring an injury he will be limited to 5-7 carries and won’t be a player worth utilizing on a weekly basis. Consider him more of a handcuff and little else.
Kendall Wright – Wide Receiver – Tennessee Titans
A lot of times when a wide receiver complains about his role the team makes a concerted effort to get them more involved. When Wright questioned his opportunities this past week it made sense to wonder if he could see a jump in targets, but it didn’t happen:
- Delanie Walker – 10 targets
- Dorial Green-Beckham – 6 targets
- Kendall Wright – 5 targets
The bigger story is likely the increased opportunities for Green-Beckham, who clearly is the most talented wide receiver Tennessee has. Wright managed 4 receptions for 34 yards and has caught just 20 of 31 targets for 276 yards and 2 TD this season.
Wright has been targeted more than 6 times just once in five games and it’s hard to imagine things changing with the leash seemingly coming off of Green-Beckham. Don’t be afraid to move on.
Source – Fangraphs