Crystal statues, bronzed mini-toilets, honorary tattoos, salacious objects – every fantasy football league adopts some sort of symbol rewarding fantasy dominance. But of all the trophies in Fantasyland there is none more famous than the Shiva, an award given to the champion of FXX's 'The League' (New season premieres September 4!). For owners seeking the hardware, here are 10 players you should deal before they make you jump out of a window.
Dwayne Bowe, KC, WR (99-percent owned) – Bowe is two years removed from a 15-TD season and has fantasy owners excited with an upgrade at quarterback and in a pass-happy Andy Reid scheme now in Kansas City. But Alex Smith's unwillingness to go downfield is actually a pretty poor fit for Bowe's skills, so sell him now if others are treating him as a top-20 WR. – (Dalton Del Don)
Jamaal Charles, KC, RB (100-percent) – When healthy, Charles is an electric talent who eats up large chunks of yards. His 6.38 yards per attempt ranks second only to Jim Brown among rushers with at least 200 carries. Still, the injury imp relishes his flesh. He's only played two full seasons in his last four and already suffered a foot injury in preseason action. Over the past five years, 41.7-percent of RBs drafted inside the position's top-12 have finished outside the top-15. Plus, the 10-TD mark could be elusive. At a highly volatile position, he carries substantial risk. – (Brad Evans)
Trent Richardson, Cle, RB (100-percent) – Of the players that have often landed in the first round of fantasy drafts this past summer, T-Rich scares me the most. He dealt with a myriad of ailments last year, seemingly affixed with a Questionable tag every week. He also showed a peak-and-valley fantasy game, eight times rushing for 53 yards or less. His 12 touchdowns salvaged his fantasy value, but chasing TDs from an offense that ranked 24th in the league in scoring is risky business, especially when the price is this high. Trade him now and sleep better at night knowing that someone else is dealing with Richardson's next nagging injury. – (Brandon Funston)
Arian Foster, Hou, RB (100-percent) – Foster's efficiency has dropped significantly over the last two years. Sure, the volume remains terrific, but look at the YPC trend (4.9, 4.4, 4.1). The line in front of him has fallen off, too. It's never easy to guess which backs are headed towards a breakdown and which backs will last, but when you combine Foster's recent chart with the back and calf problems he's had dating to late May, I get concerned. I avoided Foster in the first round of all drafts this year, and I'd suggest taking a different top 10 option if it's offered to you in trade. – (Scott Pianowski)
Mike Wallace, Mia, WR (96-percent) – By the end of draft season, I didn't even have this dude in my top-36 WRs. I don't view him as a viable starter in fantasy leagues of standard size — not until he proves that last year was an aberration and that he can thrive without Big Ben. No thanks. – (Andy Behrens)
Michael Vick, Phi, QB (92-percent) – Thanks to a strong preseason, Vick is back in the good graces of the fantasy community. Smart owners will take advantage of this development and cash in. There's no doubt that Vick's upside in this Chip Kelly offense is immense, but anyone who thinks Vick is a good bet to hold up for 16 games is fooling themselves. Vick has missed more than four games a season over his past three campaigns with the Eagles. He's undersized for the position and has a history of concussions – not a great combination for someone who will be asked to run often. – (Funston)
Ron Mexico, Phi, QB (92-percent) – Vick has played one full season in the NFL. That's one in 10 years. His career completion percentage is a mediocre 56.3 percent (and it's been under 60 percent the last two years, despite Andy Reid's presence). Vick weighs a scant 215 pounds and has just two rushing touchdowns in the last two years. The receiving group in Philadelphia is average at best. Chip Kelly might be a brilliant man, but it's going to take more than a scheme change for me to trust Vick. First chance you get, cash in here. – (Pianowski)
Steven Jackson, Atl, RB (99-percent) – Jackson enters healthy and with fantasy owners drooling over his scoring potential joining an explosive Atlanta offense. But he's approaching 2,500 career rushing attempts, so his perceived value may be peaking right now. – (Del Don)
Andre Johnson, Hou, WR (100-percent) – In reality, the Texans wideout is a phenomenal player with near-Hall of Fame credentials. However, in fantasy, he's rather maddening to own. He's a solid PPR asset, but the lack of end-zone grabs deflates his value in standard formats. In a Houston offense that ran nearly 63-percent of time inside the red zone last year, he attracted only EIGHT targets inside the red-zone, the same number as Jason Snelling. His streak of sub-10 TD seasons, which stands at 10, will continue. Non-PPR players, don't be surprised if he finishes outside the WR top-15 in per game average. – (Evans)
Zach Sudfeld, NE, TE (66-percent owned) – Hey, listen, I like the Sudfeld story as much as anyone. Even gave him a fantasy endorsement a few weeks back. But there is a reason this guy went undrafted. Sudfeld underwent six surgeries in college, so the injury risk is as high here as it is with any player. Ideally, you'll get a big week from him early in the season — perhaps at Buffalo — and then you can take him to the trade market. – (Behrens)
Set your DVRs. Watch Taco and the clan on the season premiere of 'The League' on the new FXX starting September 4.