Pull the Plug on Fantasy Duds?

10/8/13 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY SportsEverybody makes mistakes in the draft.  You’ll look back at the draft report and shake your head at a pick you can’t believe you made.  At some point during the fantasy season, however, it’s essential to come to terms with these mistakes.  If you don’t, then you’re making a second mistake that could end up costing you even more.
Here are 5 players that you may have made a mistake by drafting.  Should you pull the plug or not?  We’ll tell you….
Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants
Nicks hasn’t been a complete bust since he’s topped 100 yards twice so far this season (114 in week one, 142 in week 5), but he’s yet to score a touchdown and the Giants are free-falling at a rapid rate.  In weeks 3 and 4 combined he caught 3 passes for just 33 yards.  I wouldn’t feel confident starting him against any non-NFC East rival at this point, but with Philly again in week 8, then Dallas and Washington in 12 and 13, he could have some value.  If there’s any trade interest for him, get rid of him as best you can and if there’s someone on the waiver wire that you think really has more long-term value than Nicks, it may be a good call to pull the plug.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
This one’s really hard for me to say because he's one of the most exciting players in the NFL to watch when he's on top of his game, but after an underwhelming outing against the putrid Rams, it’s time to abandon hope for MJD.  Oakland and St. Louis may have the league’s two worst defenses outside of Jacksonville and MJD’s combined rushing stats in those two games: 27 attempts for 97 yards.  He’s scored only one touchdown on the season and his upcoming opponents are all much tougher than St. Louis and Oakland.  I’m more interested in the potentials of players like Danny Woodhead and Andre Ellington going forward than MJD.  Time to pull the plug.
Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
Here’s one I just can’t give up on yet.  Ridley’s fantasy production has been extremely disappointing, but he hasn’t played nearly as poorly as a lot of other busts.  His 3.7 yards per carry are bad, but they aren’t nearly as troubling as MJD’s 2.8.  Ridley also faced some tough defenses to start the season with the Jets and Buccaneers especially being two of the toughest teams to run against.  In week 4 against Atlanta, Ridley carried the ball 11 times for 53 yards, an average of 4.8.  While LaGarrette Blount’s 9 carries for 64 yards looked better on paper, they were mostly skewed by his one 47-yard run.  This past week, while Ridley was inactive, Blount ran for 51 yards on 12 carries and had a crucial fumble.  The Patriots love to run the ball and in my opinion, Ridley is still the most talented running back they have, so I wouldn’t pull the plug quite yet.
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