Fantasy

Cutdown Day a Non-Factor for Fantasy Owners

Matt Leinart was one of the biggest names to be let go.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For the most part, the NFL's final roster cuts to 53-man teams isn't much of a factor to fantasy leagues. Sure, there is the occasional overpaid starter who gets let go, but it's essentially backups and backups-for-backups who get the ax.

As we look over Saturday's list of players without a job and compare it with the Sports Network AFC and NFC Quick Reference Charts which lists almost every player with any fantasy relevance, there are only six name changes to be made, two of which are kickers.

Matt Leinart/Derek Anderson - Leinart (RapidDraft ADP 153) was one of the two "biggest" names on the list even though he was the just the 20th quarterback off the board. It means there should be a great rush to claim Anderson off waivers as he is only owned in 13% of all leagues. Anderson has a good group of receivers to throw to (Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, Early Doucet), and though he won't put up "Kurt Warner-type" numbers, he could be part of a "salt and pepper" fantasy strategy.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh/Mike Williams - Apparently being an overpaid "possession" receiver AND being a clubhouse "bad guy" was too much for Seahawks' management. Houshmandzadeh's (ADP 87.6) release means that Seattle must think Mike Williams' great exhibition season was for real. Williams is also owned in 13% of all leagues and should be a pickup if you are weak at the receiving position. Williams is a former No.1 draft choice (10th overall) of the Detroit Lions. It also could mean boosts for Deion Branch and Deon Butler. Rookie Golden Tate appears to be buried on the depth chart and not likely to benefit from this move, at least not this year.

Patrick Ramsey/Chase Daniel - If you are going to "handcuff" the backup to Drew Brees, then Daniel is the guy. Daniel had an impressive showing in Week 2 of the preseason (15-for-21 for 182 yards and three touchdowns against Houston) which sealed Ramsey's fate. If you haven't drafted yet, Daniel won't cost you much at all, probably a last-round pick.

Troy Williamson/Jarett Dillard - Not that Williamson had much fantasy value anyway, but his release makes Dillard the No.3 receiver behind Mike Sims- Walker and Mike Thomas. Williamson was a former No.1 draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings (seventh overall) who never produced any fantasy numbers.

Dave Rayner/Mike Nugent - Nugent wins the job and should be a solid choice on what looks like a balanced offense in Cincinnati. With Carson Palmer seemingly healthy and Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham, the Bengals have a passing game to go along with Cedric Benson's running. This should give Nugent plenty of opportunities.

Shayne Graham/Billy Cundiff - Graham's dismissal leaves Cundiff as the Ravens' placekicker. Baltimore's improved offense should make Cundiff a solid fantasy option.

Other names of note who have had fantasy value in the past, but won't help you this season include: "Fast" Willie Parker, Javon Walker, Matt Jones and Tampa Bay's Michael Clayton.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.