Attention all ye 0-6 and 1-5 teams: Drop the dead weight

It always amazes me how quickly the fantasy football season flies by. Given that most leagues’ playoffs start in week 14, next week’s games will mark the midway point of the regular season.

If your fantasy team is at the bottom of the standings right now, you no longer have the luxury of waiting for high-ceiling players to pan out. Painful as it may be, it’s time to plug the holes in your lineup by trading your prized prospects for players you can start right away. From this point forward, treat every week like it’s your last – because realistically, if you lose, it probably is.

Here are a few examples of high-potential players you might be hoarding on your bench, along with some potential trades you could offer for less-exciting players who could help you right away.

If you’ve got… Try trading him for…
Beanie Wells Ricky Williams or Tim Hightower
Sammy Morris Jerome Harrison or Mike Bell
Anquan Boldin (assuming he’s going to miss a week or two) Vincent Jackson or Hines Ward
Anthony Gonzalez Torry Holt or Donald Driver
Michael Crabtree Whatever you can get