Golden Tate has arguably been the biggest bust in all of football this year. After putting up a 90-813-6 campaign last season with Calvin Johnson, Tate has fallen off the map after his Megatron retired. Through five games this season, Tate has just 17 catches for 134 yards and no scores. While it's tough to cut bait on a player you selected in round four or five, especially when they have a good track record, it's time to face the facts. Marvin Jones, Theo Riddick and Anquan Boldin are all much higher in the passing game pecking order and there doesn't appear to be any help in sight. Cut him loose.
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Eli Manning, QB, NYG
You may be surprised to see him here, but thngs are trending the wrong way for Eli. Over his career, September has been Eli's best month by a large margin in completion percentage and QB rating. Point is, Manning tends to get worse as the year goes on, but this season he has stumbled out of the gates with five touchdowns and four picks through the first five weeks, despite some juicy matchups (NO, GB, WAS). With a matchup against a tough Rams D in Week 7 and then a bye week following that, Eli is no longer a QB you have to hold on to if you have a strong backup or waiver wire option to roll with.
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Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
It seems like every year Michael Floyd is pegged as a breakout candidate, but it never really happens. Here we go again. Floyd is struggling massively in his contract year, dropping passes and getting outplayed by John Brown. With David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Brown all taking looks from him, and with the Cardinals not quite firing on all cylinders, Floyd is a player you can drop for someone who is receiving more targets. He has just 12 catches through the first five weeks, which is death in PPR leagues. Don't stay attached to his draft day value -- Floyd is a bust.
Chris Ivory, JAX, RB
Chris Ivory is a very talented back, but Jacksonville's offensive line can't run block consistently at all. The Jags are 27th in rushing yards per attempt and 30th in rushing yards per game. Even more importantly, T.J. Yeldon is the preferred passing down back and received more snaps before the bye. While it's possible Ivory's knee issues and other ailments have been solved over the bye week, it's incredibly unlikely he wrestles away enough work from Yeldon to be a real fantasy factor. Standard league players can be a little more patient, but PPR owners can cut bait and look for more upside elsewhere.
Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI
Here's another guy you spent a high pick on (5th-6th round) that you might have a tough time letting go of, but Jordan Howard has absolutely won the job in Chicago with his performance over the last two weeks. Langford is still recovering from an ankle injury, but he won't recover his workload in Chicago. This is Howard's show now, and Langford is nothing more than an injury handcuff moving forward. Considering that he isn't suiting up again yet, you can safely cut Langford and add someone with more potential at the position. Even if something happened to Howard, Langford isn't talented enough to make a big difference on your fantasy team.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
Once a shoe-in for 1,000 yard seasons in Tampa Bay, Jackson's career is just about cooked. Through five games, the 33-year-old has just 15 catches and no scores. With Mike Evans soaking up so many targets, there's no real reason to hang on to Jackson, as he hasn't been able to separate and be the deep threat he once was. Second-year WR Adam Humphries may be the better bet if you're looking for another receiver to emerge from Tampa Bay, but this offense isn't one you necessarily need to have shares in. Move on from Jackson.
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Jason Witten, TE, DAL
He's been a fixture in fantasy leagues forever, but Witten can barely move these days. Even with Dez Bryant sidelined and Dak Prescott playing ultra-conservatively, Witten hasn't topped 50 yards in the last three weeks and still hasn't scored a touchdown on the year. Maybe things will get better when his old buddy Tony Romo returns, but Witten's inability to gain yardage after the catch and decreasing red zone presence in a slow-paced, run-first offense makes him more of a TE2. Witten has just one touchdown in his last 20 games. There are most certainly better bets to score on the waiver wire.