Another week is gone. It’s crazy to think the midway point of the season is just a few short weeks away. Let’s jump right into five names you shouldn’t hesitate to drop if you’re in desperate need of wiggle room within your roster, courtesy of our friends over at OwnersBox.
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
Barkley’s skill set as one of football’s most dynamic athletes isn’t a secret. But his inability to stay healthy over the last few seasons has presented questions about his overall career trajectory. Following a torn ACL in 2020, Barkley entered the year with an expected pitch count as he worked back to full speed and a full workload within the Giants’ offense. And while Week 6 represented his first missed game of the year, his injuries continue to pile up—on top of his continued rehab with his knee, Barkley’s ugly roll of his ankle suffered against Dallas could hamper his ability to return to 100% this fall. With 54 attempts (3.6 avg) for 195 yards and two touchdowns entering Week 7, it’s safe to drop the once sought-after RB1.
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills
A second-team All-Pro last fall, Beasley has quickly fallen down the list of targets Josh Allen prioritizes in his progressions. And while he amassed a staggering 30 (!) targets the first three weeks combined, he’s totaled just two per game since Week 3 and currently finds himself slotted at WR58. With the presence of Stefon Diggs, addition of Emmanuel Sanders, and improvement from tight end Dawson Knox, targets will become increasingly hard to earn and Beasley has quickly found himself on the outside looking in.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
Following an impressive 23-point output in a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5, Mayfield was substandard against Arizona, totaling his lowest fantasy output of the year (12.16) and failed to play the full game after re-injuring his left shoulder. While he’s played on a partially torn labrum since Week 2—a definite credit towards his toughness and grit—Mayfield hasn’t been impressive so far this fall. For a signal-caller in hopes of a massive extension soon, his current standing among the league’s average players under center simply won’t welcome a hefty paycheck. Currently behind the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Daniel Jones, and Taylor Heinicke in fantasy output from QBs, he’s safe to move to the waiver wire.
Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets
Despite ranking among the Jets’ leaders in targets (20), Moore has totaled just 66 yards in five games and has seen a role once solidified following his selection No. 34 overall in April quickly fall into the hands of Keelan Cole, Jamison Crowder, and Braxton Berrios. A speed threat out of Ole Miss, his pairing with gun-slinger Zach Wilson was initially looked upon to serve as a dynamic, youthful jot of energy into a Jets offense in need of such. However, through five weeks, it’s been everything but. He’s more than safe to drop.
Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
Similar to Mayfield’s stat-sheet stuffing day in Week 5, Gaskin torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the tune of a 31.9-point outing, highlighted by his role in the receiving game where he hauled in two touchdown receptions. However, his momentum was abruptly halted in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he drew just five of the team's 20 rushing attempts, two fewer than teammate Salvon Ahmed. Even factoring in the limited volume he received, Gaskin did little with his work—his longest rush went for only four yards and he averaged just 1.8 yards per carry.
Currently rostered in 98% of leagues, through six games, Gaskin has topped five rushing attempts only twice and surpassed 50 rushing yards in a game on one occasion. A backfield that fluctuates in bell-cow responsibilities weekly, don’t let a breakout week entice you into keeping Gaskin rostered. He’s safe to drop.