What should fantasy owners do with T.O.?
November 10, 2005
Being a fantasy football owner can be really frustrating at times.
Pity the poor owners who selected Terrell Owens in the first or second round a few months ago. They chose Owens at the expense of picking a quality running back or quarterback.
These owners have certainly shed a few tears this week, wondering why they took a chance on the mercurial receiver who the Eagles suspended for the remainder of the season.
There were enough hints that Owens wouldn’t last the season. A team can only take so much abuse from an insubordinate player.
But should these ticked owners join the Eagles in cutting loose T.O.? An owner couldn’t have a tougher decision.
In some leagues Owens has already been waived. I’m sure other owners are lining up on the waiver wire to take a chance that Owens will again play this season.
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With the NFL Players Union involved, there is a slight chance that Owens could suit up for the Eagles or some other team this season. But the NFL’s best receiver obviously won’t play this weekend. Owens does, however, have a remote chance of playing against the New York Giants on Nov. 20. An arbitrator will hear a union appeal on the four-game suspension Nov. 18.
Another possibility of Owens returning is if the Eagles cut him following his four-game suspension. That would make Owens a free agent and give him an opportunity of catching on with a team trying to make the playoffs or possibly even a Super Bowl contender.
That would give T.O. owners five games at most with the touchdown machine’s services. It’s worth the risk, because fantasy playoffs usually begin in week 14 or 15.
Keep Owens at least until the arbitrator makes a decision. Owners who have already tossed Owens into the free-agent scrap pile, may pay dearly in the postseason.
The Eagles probably won’t take him back, but if he winds up signing with, say, a Carolina, Indianapolis or Denver, he could put up some incredible numbers. Imagine if he hooks up with Peyton Manning or is lined up opposite Steve Smith. Scary propositions, right?
WORST TRADE OFFER OF THE WEEK: L.J. Smith and Byron Leftwich for Carson Palmer. Smith (concussion) is questionable for the Redskins on Monday night and when is the last time Leftwich threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns like Palmer has done from time to time?
START ‘EM: RB Larry Johnson, RB Tiki Barber, RB Shaun Alexander, WR Reggie Wayne, WR Plaxico Burress, WR Eric Moulds, QB Peyton Manning, QB Tom Brady, QB Eli Manning and DEF Chicago Bears.
SIT ‘EM: RB Michael Bennett, RB Dominick Davis, QB Trent Green, QB Chris Simms, WR Hines Ward and WR Andre Johnson.
– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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