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Fantasy football: Face harsh truths about stars

Wes Welker

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You’re too old to wear that miniskirt. Goatees are so 1998. And grown men should not sing along to Ke$ha.

Sometimes, you need to hear the cold, hard truth before you wise up about the awful decisions you’re making.

Here are some other harsh realities when it comes to fantasy football:

It’s time to cut Wes Welker.
The Patriots wide receiver was nothing special before he teamed up with Randy Moss, and apparently he’s nothing special without “The Freak,” either. With no Moss around to stretch defenses, Welker is averaging 34.5 yards over his last four games, and he hasn’t found the end zone since Week 2.  Because he’s on pace to catch 88 passes, Welker’s only fantasy value now is in points-per-reception leagues.

Feel free to bench Matt Schaub.
The Houston quarterback is just 14th in fantasy scoring at his position. What’s the reason for Schaub’s steep decline from last season, when he led the NFL in passing yardage? In 2009, the Texans had a sputtering running game. This season, they have the league’s leading rusher, Arian Foster. Having that said, I love Schaub’s matchup this week against Jacksonville.

Don’t pin your hopes on Matt Forte. The Bears running back has topped 50 yards rushing once this season and 3.5 yards per carry twice. Forte has salvaged some otherwise dreadful weeks with decent receiving yardage or touchdowns. But the truth is that you just can’t trust him. As if we needed any further damning evidence: Last week, Forte faced a Bills run defense that was allowing 188.7 yards per game — he managed just 49 yards on 14 carries.

LaDainian Tomlinson did not discover the fountain of youth. When he was healthy and had fresh legs earlier this season, the Jets running back looked like the young L.T. Now, halfway through the season, he again resembles the aging superstar we saw in San Diego last season. Despite having favorable matchups against Denver, Green Bay and Detroit in his past three games, L.T. averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and failed to top 55 yards rushing.

Ryan Chatelain ( is amNY’s fantasy football columnist.

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Matt Schaub, QB, Houston (at Jacksonville): The Jaguars are 28th against the pass and have allowed 17 touchdowns through the air, third most in the NFL.

Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit (at Buffalo): Best hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 2, but the Bills are giving up 178.2 rushing yards per game.

Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh (vs. New England): Wallace has scored double-digit fantasy points in three of his past four games. The Patriots are 29th vs. the pass.

Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati (at Indianapolis): Palmer’s streak of five games with multiple touchdown passes could end against the Colts’ seventh-ranked pass D.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, New England (at Pittsburgh): “The Law Firm” has averaged 2.2 yards per carry or worse in three of his past four games. The Steelers allow just 2.6 yards per rushing attempt.

Miles Austin, WR, Dallas (at Giants): Big Blue has allowed just one 100-yard receiver this season. Three weeks ago against the Giants, Austin had three catches for 38 yards.



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