As a follow-up to last week’s “8 Players I’m Buying” missive, it’s time to turn the tables and highlight some of those players that scare me enough that I’ll be looking to move them in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, if I haven’t already.
Rather than bore you with an overly long introduction, simply read the beginning of the article linked above as it all still applies to the opposite side of the coin. In short, these are players who I feel carry value now beyond what they will by this time next year, for any number of factors. Again, much like the list of players I’m seeking to acquire, the list of players I’m looking to sell can fluctuate wildly week-in, week-out, for any number of reasons. Selling players takes a bit more time, effort and finesse as the prospects of a sold player can change very quickly and it’s never fun to see a player you’ve moved on from lighting it up for a fellow coach. For that reason, I tread more lightly when it comes to moving players out and as much as I’d like to be well ahead of the curve, I’m far more aggressive with acquisition.
Here are eight players I’m leaving in my rear-view mirror:
Marcus Mariota, QB TEN
Age: 25 DLF Rank: QB19
Yet to play a full 16-game season, every week with Mariota at the helm is like a spin on the wheel of mystery fantasy production, if he actually suits up. Combine that with his 11:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 2,528 passing yards and you’ll find yourself in a hole in your match-up each week if you’re forced to trot him as your starter. He has his moments but, unfortunately, there are too many (8) ten-point-or-less moments as well. Your QB1 can’t put up single digits in 50% of his games and carry an injury designation nearly as often. The problem with selling Mariota is his value is too low to get much in return but if you play in a 2QB league or your league has owners desperate at the position, it’s time to move on. Mariota is the prototypical running quarterback without the size to do so effectively for a long period of time.
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