Fantasy Football Players You Can Drop After Week 5

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The Arizona Cardinals are 5-0, Tom Brady and Justin Herbert combined for 10 touchdown passes, Davis Mills nearly escaped Foxborough with a win… it was a wacky and wild Week 5 in the NFL. However, we are now on to Week 6 following the conclusion of tonight’s matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, which means a new list of players to drop from your fantasy roster as you approach crunch time in your fantasy league. 

Let’s get right to it, courtesy of our friends over at OwnersBox.

Will Fuller, WR, Miami Dolphins 

Fuller has been irrelevant since joining the Dolphins this offseason. An injury-prone wideout who’s found himself in street clothes far more often than in uniform through five weeks, he has no clear track toward a major role in Miami, especially considering the absence of Tua Tagovailoa. Currently WR121, Fuller was initially looked to provide a speed threat opposite Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker, but he’s simply been unable to remain healthy. 

Ty'Son Williams, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Williams remains RB38 in half-PPR formats even while losing his role in the offense, but with Latavius Murray on track to serve as the bell cow back moving forward and Devonta Freeman close behind in workload, it’s difficult to find a reason to keep Williams on your roster, starter or not. Averaging nearly 10 FPPG before serving as a healthy scratch for Baltimore in Week 4, Williams could reassert his role if another backfield injury were to occur for the Ravens, but for now, he’s safe to drop. 

Kenny Golladay, WR, New York Giants

A big game last week against the Saints saw Golladay produce like the WR1 head coach Joe Judge has expected him to be. The Giants backed up a Brinks truck for the former Detroit Lions wideout this spring, and for the first three weeks, Golladay was held relatively quiet. With fellow wideouts Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) ruled out prior to Sunday’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, a prime opportunity presented itself for Golladay to thrive against the Cowboys’ secondary, but he also fell victim to the injury bug, leaving the game early with a hyperextended knee. He failed to record a catch prior to his departure at halftime, and moving forward, whether it’s Daniel Jones or Mike Glennon under center (Jones suffered a concussion and was carted off the field), Golladay’s stock in a depleted offense with a bum leg isn’t ideal. If you have room, stashing him isn’t the worst thing, but if you are in need of immediate points from the waiver wire, you can move on comfortably from Golladay, the WR44 in standard-scoring formats.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Currently rostered in 83.7% of all leagues, Smith-Schuster, a player who quickly became a fan favorite in Pittsburgh due to his elaborate personality and exciting skill set on the gridiron, has seen his production falter. Prior to his exit from Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, Smith-Schuster carried twice for six yards while failing to haul in his only target from Ben Roethlisberger. Now, it looks like he may be done for the season. Through five games, the former second-round selection hadn’t eclipsed more than 52 yards receiving and failed to reach paydirt via the passing game. Even if he does return this season, Smith-Schuster is in the shadows of Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and running back Najee Harris on Mike Tomlin’s offensive totem pole. 

Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Following a breakout 101-yard performance in Week 1 where Mitchell looked all the makings of the 49ers’ future bell-cow back, the sixth-round selection spent the next two weeks on the shelf. And while he reclaimed his RB1 role Sunday against the Cardinals, he saw just nine carries working ahead of fellow rookie Trey Sermon (one carry for seven yards). With Trey Lance (16 carries for 89 yards) now under center for the foreseeable future, Mitchell’s ceiling has shrunk considerably when you account for Lance’s obvious dual-threat ability and the willingness of Kyle Shanahan to keep the ball in his young gun-slinger’s hands. The future of the run game in San Francisco is currently up in the air, and with plenty of other immediate options for points, you don’t need to get tricky and keep Mitchell on your roster in hopes of a slate-breaking game. Move on and don’t look back.

Written By:

Ryan Fowler

Staff Writer

Feature Writer for The Draft Network. Former Staff Writer for the Washington Football Team. Multiple years of coverage within the NFL and NBA.

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