StrategyDecember 8, 2004

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Grab ‘Em & Drop ‘Em – Week 14

By Levi Todd

Looking for that key pickup to help get you through the playoffs? Or looking for a way to clear some extra space off your roster? Here is your week 14 Grab ‘Em and Drop ‘Em.

Grab ‘Em

Eddie Kennison – WR, KC

Quietly, Kennison is becoming Trent Green’s favorite target in the Chiefs’ high powered offense. In his last four outings Kennison has put up totals of 121, 99, 9 and 149 yards (vs. New Orleans, New England, San Diego and Oakland, respectively). He provides the speed for the long ball which resulted in a 70-yard touchdown catch last week at Oakland. This guy is a hit or miss every week, and this Monday he faces a Tenneesee defense which gave up 425 yards in the air the previous game. Kennison shouldn’t be a miss this week.

Chad Hutchinson – QB, Chi

Yes, that’s right: a Chicago quarterback is worth a roster spot. Hutchinson looked sharp in his debut with the Bears last week, throwing for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Although this success came against the Vikings, ranked 24th against the pass, I see no harm in adding this guy to your roster. Hutchinson faces Detroit and Houston in weeks 15 and 16, and might make a nice plug-in for your playoff games.

TJ Houshmandzadeh – WR, Cin

Most people added this guy to their roster last week when he had two touchdowns against the Brownies. Well, if he is still available in your league he is a must-grab. Housh put up 171 yards against the stingy Baltimore defense. This week, he faces another tough challenge when the Bengals travel to Foxboro to meet the Patriots.

Drop ‘Em

Eric Johnson – TE, SF

A lot of fantasy owners have already let this former surprise stud go. Tim Rattay just can’t get him the rock like he used to. Johnson has failed to score a touchdown since week 5; his days of being the stud tight end that you were lucky to pick up are over.

Derrick Blaylock – RB, KC

Dick Vermiel now presents to you the infamous running back by committee plan. Blaylock had extremely low rushing yards last week due to a hit that kept him sidelined for most of the game. Other than hiss touchdown reception, he did next to nothing fantasywise for his owners in that game. This gave Larry Johnson a chance, and he stepped up out of the doghouse and showed why he was a round one pick for the Chiefs. If Johnson takes over, Blaylock won’t serve any purpose on your roster anymore. Keep an eye on this situation.

Santana Moss – WR, NYJ

I know, I know, I also wasted a high pick on Santana, but with Chad Pennington back running the offense, he has no chance. Moss has only one touchdown this year when Pennington is behind center and has only broken the 100-yard mark once with Penny throwing the football. Moss owners need to let him go or hope that Penny gets hurt and Quincy Carter takes over again. I would choose let him go.

Anquan Boldin – WR, Ari

What do you blame for Boldin’s sophomore slouch? Was it his knee injury? Maybe the addition of Larry Fitzgerald? No, it is because Dennis Green has developed a knack for playing musical chairs with his quarterbacks this year. Boldin hasn’t had a touchdown or a 100-yard outing all season. Let him and any other player in the Cardinals’ offense off your roster.

Levi Todd has been playing hockey for 11 years now, but is equally obsessed with football. You can find him posting in the Forums as ljthockey.

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