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The Fantasy Chop Shop - Week 13
Paul Sandy
December 1, 2010
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With the fantasy football season coming to a close soon and the trade deadline passed in most leagues, this will be the final The Fantasy Chop Shop for the 2010 season.

Chop

Cut ‘em

Vince Young, QB, Titans
Done for the year with a thumb injury not to mention a sourpuss attitude.

Brett Favre, QB, Vikings
Fork, please.

Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins
Just never got things going in DC.

Carson Palmer, QB, Bengals
The clock is ticking on Palmer’s career in Cincy. You might be able to do better on your waiver wire.

Chester Taylor, RB, Bears
He gets a sniff of the goal line every once in awhile but he doesn’t provide enough elsewhere.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
With Tolbert performing, his chances of regaining the starting job are slim.

Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
Best’s toes won’t heal until the offseason so look elsewhere for a backup.

Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
He’ll miss at least a couple games and wasn’t doing much anyway.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers
He wasted one of your roster spots for 12 weeks. Don’t let him waste it any longer.

Steve Smith, WR, Panthers
Can’t get anything going without a QB.

Roy Williams, WR, Cowboys
He flashes every once in awhile but you can probably do better.

Owen Daniels, TE, Texans
Put Daniels out of his misery.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals
Keep him in mind for next year but cut him now.

Shop

Buy ‘em

Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers
Most trade deadlines have passed but if you’re transaction rules are lax, see if you can swing a deal for Freeman, who has arguably the easiest remaining schedule from a quarterbacking perspective. He’ll face the Falcons this week followed by the Redskins, Lions and Seahawks. All four teams rank in to top 10 for most fantasy points allowed to QBs. Freeman will also benefit from favorable weather since the Washington matchup is the only road game.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders
I know. A few weeks ago I recommended owners sell McFadden. That actually would’ve been a good move since his value has plummeted. But now that he’s hit rock bottom, make a lowball offer and reap the rewards of fantasy football’s easiest remaining schedule from a rushing standpoint. McFadden won’t help you this week against the Chargers but he’s a must start versus the Jaguars, Broncos and Colts.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles
Are you in a must-win situation this week? Maclin could punch your playoff ticket. He’ll face the NFL’s weakest secondary Thursday night against the Texans. Look for Michael Vick to toss four touchdowns with at least one going to Maclin.

Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal and Jabbar Gaffney, WRs, Broncos
If you’ve already clinched a playoff berth, get yourself a piece of the Broncos receiving corps. Lloyd’s price tag will no doubt be high but he and his fellow Denver wideouts should close the season strong. Starting this week the Broncos face the Chiefs, Cardinals, Raiders and Texans. All of those contests have shootout potential.

Sell ‘em

Jets Passing Game
Dangle Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards to see what you can get. New York faces a tough slate of matchups (NE, MIA, PIT and CHI) and all four could be potentially cold weather games. Look for the Jets to lean heavily on the run in December.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants
Promote Brandon Jacobs as the starter for the Giants. Push his touchdown potential. He is running with power again but you’ll want no part of his schedule beginning in Week 14 (MIN, PHI and GB). Plus, you know Ahmad Bradshaw will be there to steal plenty of touches.

Deion Branch and Wes Welker, WRs, Patriots
New England faces the Jets this week. One or both of these wideouts will go up against Revis Island. Then they’ll face the Bears and Packers. There might not be a more difficult schedule from a receiving perspective. Consider unloading the New England receivers if you have the means.

Hold ‘em

Joseph Addai, RB, Colts
Don’t give up on Addai yet. His schedule in Weeks 15-16 is plush (JAX and OAK). Look for him to be fully healthy and back in the lineup for those final games, which the Colts will actually need to win this year.

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