Time to cut struggling players?

It's been a frustrating season for Giants RB David Wilson, and his fantasy owners as well. AP Photo/LM Otero

For many fantasy owners, the biggest reaction they had in Week 3 was cringing after hearing about the 16 points (in ESPN standard scoring) Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin put up. Franklin was a popular sleeper pick early in the fantasy draft season, but he fell out of favor once he dropped to third on the Packers' running back depth chart.

This caused nearly all fantasy owners to drop Franklin from their rosters -- he currently has a 1.6 percent ownership rate in ESPN leagues -- but given his skill fit with the Packers' system, those owners are now second-guessing if they should have kept him on the roster with the hope that he would turn things around as the season progresses.

This type of second-guessing happens even more often when it comes to starting-caliber players who are falling short of expectations. This week's Fantasy Foresight article aims to help with this situation by reviewing four players fantasy owners might be thinking of giving up on, but whose metrics and matchups indicate that they should be kept.


David Wilson, RB, New York Giants

There probably isn't a more disappointing fantasy running back than Wilson. He had the 17th-highest ADP among running backs (34.2), yet after three games, his owners have all of one fantasy point to show for what was on average a fourth-round pick.

A major factor in Wilson's scoring total is the Giants' 27.9 percent total in the good blocking rate (GBR) metric that gauges how often an offensive blocking wall gives its rushers good blocking (very roughly defined as not allowing the defense to disrupt a rush attempt). That is a more than 20 percent drop from the team's 48.8 percent GBR in 2012, which ranked sixth in the league.