The Drips and Drabs of the Final Cuts

This is it. The final cuts for NFL teams have happened. Some interesting cuts did occur. Julius Jones was cut. I admit when I am wrong and I was wrong about Jones. I thought Julius Jones may have been able to hang on for one more year and give some bye week replacement coverage on fantasy teams. I missed the boat on this one. Leon Washington’s value skyrockets. It looks like Forsett is the starter and Washington will handle special teams duties and 3rd down plays. Forsett will be a serviceable RB2/3 and Washington is the bye week replacement play.

Matt Leinhart was cut. Ken Whisenhunt soured on Leinhart quickly. Derek Anderson won that job by default. This is a big boost for the passing game in Arizona. Larry Fitz should be thanking his lucky stars. Anderson will take a risk down field and chuck the ball. At least this gives¬†Fitz a chance to make a play. Leinhart wouldn’t take this chance and was cut because of it. Anderson better perform because Whisenhunt said the best QB in camp was Max Hall. If Anderson falters don’t be shocked to see Hall get his chance. That being said I still feel Anderson is worth a backup QB on your roster. If Fitz and Anderson find a connection fantasy happiness will occur.

TJ Housh was cut from Seattle. He just isn’t a fit for their new offense. Mike Williams now gets the starting nod along with Deion Branch. I grabbed Mike Williams as a flier in a few leagues. Mainly because he is tall and might get looks in the red zone. The Seattle offense won’t be too hot this year so their WRs don’t excite me. I was high on Golden Tate going into this year but he has admitted that he is not ready for the NFL game. Tate is going to need another year to get up to speed. He may be forced into the spotlight with Branch and Williams starting. This is perhaps the worst starting pair of WRs in the NFL.¬† Branch is out there in a ton of leagues. I just don’t see his value and don’t recommend him in any format.

That parlays me into the Washington Redskins. As of this moment the starting pair of WRs is Santana Moss and Joey Galloway. I still can’t believe that my offensive genious Mike Shanahan would start a 38 year old WR. My gut says Housh lands in Washington. If he does he immediately increases Santana Moss’s value. Moss is an older DeSean Jackson. Housh will force the defenses to stay honest and open up the field for Moss. Both Moss and Housh will be mid to low WR2 if they play alongside one another. I believe in Shanahan he is perhaps the greatest offensive mind I have seen in my generation.

The Vikings decided to enter the season with only 4 WRs – Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Greg Lewis, and Greg Camarillo. This is HUGE for Harvin. His value rises and I feel confident he will have a much larger role in the offense. He is not only the #2WR but he is also returning punts. If your league also gives you credit for return yardage then Harvin is your man! I venture to say Berrian and Harvin put up similiar numbers this year. Greg Camarillo may also be worth a flier especially if the Vikes don’t snag Housh. Don’t expect Camarillo to do too much early it will take him 3-4 games to catch onto the offense.

I referenced Chris Ivory in a previous post as a possible sleeper RB in New Orleans. He injured himself though he was not cut from the team. This means that New Orleans and I are on the same page since he made the 53 team roster. Keep an eye on him when he gets healthy. He may be a valuable mid season waiver claim.

The Washington Redskins RB core has came together. Clinton Portis is the starter. Larry Johnson is still the #2. Keiland Williams is the #3. Watch Williams as the year goes on. I could easily see him overtaking Larry Johnson. I also touted Larry Johnson early on in this preseason. I have to call a spade a spade. LJ is done. I have no faith in his game at this point.

This is the end of the drips and drabs of cuts that I feel are relevant. I hope this helps you all sure up your fantasy roster. I’ll be back as more news develops.

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