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From proven champions to first-time fantasy owners, there's always someone on your team that you have blind faith in. That player you keep plugging into your lineup week after week despite average to below average stats. It's those players who were once fantasy studs, dropping 20-point games, and you know they still have that ability -- they're just not showing it this season.
Here are three former fantasy stars you should cut heading into the playoffs.
3. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadephia Eagles
Alshon Jeffery is a long ways removed from his Pro Bowl days. After missing the first three weeks of the season, Jeffery put up 18-plus points in Weeks 4, 6 and 7 and looked to be a mid-round fantasy steal. But since coming out of the Eagles' Week 9 bye, he's been nothing but a dud. With the arrival of Golden Tate, Jeffery has seen less targets than his new teammate, and hasn't scored a touchdown in over a month. With tough matchups against the Cowboys, Rams and Texans in Weeks 14-16, Jeffery can be swapped out for a higher-ceiling option in the fantasy playoffs.
2. Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers
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What an incredibly disappointing season for Jimmy Graham. The five-time Pro Bowler was coming off a 10-touchdown season with the Seahawks and was paired with arguably the best quarterback in football when he signed with the Packers this offseason. Instead of reaching new heights, Graham has averaged just over three catches per game, has eclipsed 100 yards just once, and only has two touchdowns on the season. The tight end is now trying to play through a thumb injury, but you shouldn't expect him to break out of this season-long slump anytime soon. There are other tight end options on waivers who should put up bigger numbers than Graham over the next three weeks.
1. Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
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This one isn't Jordan Howard's fault, he just doesn't fit in coach Matt Nagy's new offense in Chicago. Howard hasn't had more than 10 points since Week 9, and is without a 100-yard game all season. The time for hope is gone with games against the Rams, Packers and 49ers in the fantasy playoffs, all in the bottom half of the league when it comes to giving up fantasy points to running backs. Howard was an early-round pick, but he's nothing more than a bench player in your fantasy playoffs.
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