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This off-season has been marred by off-the-field controversy, legal problems, confusion about what the word "retirement" really means, and poorly-rated reality shows.

The players involved get tons of publicity (sometimes warranted) and that will entice fantasy players to "take a flyer" or "have nothing to lose. I'm not buying - literally.

Some of the players below are available in Operation Sports Fantasy Football 09 (free to sign up and play and check out the prizes!). If they are available, their current trading price is listed.

WR Terrell Owens($29.00) - Listen, I've been to Rich Stadium during a blizzard in mid-December. It ain't pretty. I've seen the Bills play. Not any prettier. TO is a pretty kind of guy. When things go downhill, he usually goes with them. I'm not taking a risk.

QB Brett Favre - (N/A) You may have seen some reports this off-season that he returned to the NFL. Favre is a top-five QB all-time, but he's not top 10 this year. Lots of weapons, yes, but a run-first scheme and an injured arm make me want to look elsewhere. Combine that with the news that Favre is not supported in the Minnesota locker room and I'm out.

QB Michael Vick - (N/A) There will be a guy in every draft who takes Vick in the last round just to see the look on everyone's faces. Don't be that guy. If you're going to take a backup QB, you'd better be in a 20 team league. Remember Vick was terrible before he went to the pokey.

WR Chad Ochocinco ($16) - I know I may get blasted on this one and I understand that. If you want to go for him, be my guest. But I don't believe in his work ethic, I don't think he's invested in his team's success, and I don't believe Carson Palmer can stay healthy all year. The ball's going to be shared even more with the acquisition of Laverneus Coles and the resurging Chris Henry.

QB Jay Cutler ($29.50) - I was a fan of Cutler in Denver and when I watched him play, I was impressed. But he's inaccurate (read KC Joyner's piece in this weeks ESPN The Magazine or the NY Times,) and his biggest weapon in Chicago is Devin Hester...meh.

Are these guys you're steering clear of? Anyone else who you're going to pass on because of off-the-field (or other) issues?

Member Comments
# 1 trick02 @ 08/28/09 12:47 PM
I agree with every1 but Cutler. Greg Olsen is going to have a huge year with him on the team!

Brandon Marshall - when he does get traded he wont be a true #1 until next season.

TJ Housh - He will be going up against #1 CB withought a good QB.

Matt Cassell - Bowe would have to put up a single season record in receptions for this kid to have a good year.

Westbrook - Not enough balls to go around. Loom for McCoy and Vick to kill his yards. Avant, Jackson and Maclin will lower his receptions.
 
# 2 limsol45 @ 08/31/09 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by lgkeeper

WR Chad Ochocinco ($16) - I know I may get blasted on this one and I understand that. If you want to go for him, be my guest. But I don't believe in his work ethic, I don't think he's invested in his team's success, and I don't believe Carson Palmer can stay healthy all year. The ball's going to be shared even more with the acquisition of Laverneus Coles and the resurging Chris Henry.
I disagree on this one. at 16 bucks hes a bargain. He was hurt all year and sharing balls with housh didn't help. He will be back this year and wont be surprised when his stock rises.
 
# 3 Jeremy_Stein @ 09/01/09 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by trick02
I agree with every1 but Cutler. Greg Olsen is going to have a huge year with him on the team!

Brandon Marshall - when he does get traded he wont be a true #1 until next season.

TJ Housh - He will be going up against #1 CB withought a good QB.

Matt Cassell - Bowe would have to put up a single season record in receptions for this kid to have a good year.

Westbrook - Not enough balls to go around. Loom for McCoy and Vick to kill his yards. Avant, Jackson and Maclin will lower his receptions.
I agree with all of the above except your logic on Housh. Housh will not be "withought a good QB." Matt Hasselbeck is a very good QB, he just gets hurt sometimes. When he was healthy last season, the only guys who could catch a ball last season were TE John Carlson and RB Maurice Morris.

Word out of Seahawks camp sez Hasselbeck's back is fine, and he's developed a nice rapport with Housh. Housh is overrated in Madden NFL 10 with his 91 rating (sorry Housh, there are much better reasons to not play Madden) but at $17.00 in OSFF, he seems to be priced accurately.
 

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