Fantasy Football Players You Can Drop: Week 11

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By Zach Cohen

I’m curious about something: How is your fantasy team doing? Have my columns helped? Or are you a first-time reader looking to help your team this week? Either way, let me know how it goes. If you have any feedback or questions, feel free to let me know on Twitter @ZachCohenFB. Maybe I’ll address some of it in my column on Friday. 

For those of you who aren’t weekly indulgers here at TDN Fantasy, I release my top waiver-wire pickups on Monday, players I would drop on Tuesday, and emergency replacements for a certain position on Friday. And if that’s not a good enough reason to stick around, I tend to crack a joke or three. Most of the time they’re just overused dad jokes, so if you’re into that type of stuff, you found the right place! As for today’s article, look away J.K. Dobbins fans. This may be a tough pill to swallow—for now.

J.K. Dobbins (RB - BAL) | Rostered in 55% of leagues

This one stings a bit because I was so high on Dobbins before the season. He simply just hasn’t lived up to expectations. Beyond that, he hasn’t even earned the Ravens’ starting job. Dobbins has looked really good at times, so I don’t know why he isn’t given a more featured role. Handing the ball to Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram as much as Dobbins does nothing for Baltimore. And this is a team that looks sluggish and un-explosive right now. If you have room, I’d keep him just to see if you can capitalize on any possible upside. But he is most definitely a player to consider dropping unless you’re in a dynasty league. His long-term arrow is still trending up.

James White (RB - NE) | Rostered in 42% of leagues

White has not been the PPR machine like he usually is. Over the last four games, has seen nine total targets while averaging just four points. A closer look at the numbers reveals White may have lost his job as the team’s primary pass-catching back to Rex Burkhead—the two are neck-and-neck in targets over that four-game time span. However, it’s Burkhead who has been used almost three times as much as White in the offense. Even Damien Harris is getting in on the action, though he is an inferior receiver to the two veterans. I have little confidence that White can regain his footing in the Patriots’ muddled backfield.

Devin Singletary (RB - BUF) | Rostered in 80% of leagues

Singletary was a “Look Ahead” player in last week’s column, and after another disappointing showing, I think it’s time to cut bait on the once-promising runner. He posted his worst performance to date on Sunday with just four touches and one reception, which went for a whopping -5 yards. Spoiler alert: Scoring two points in fantasy is not ideal. With a bye this week, Singletary’s value has plummeted, especially if you need that roster spot for a player who can help you make the playoffs. He is still better than some options on the waiver wire, but I’d be fine letting him go.

Marquise Brown (WR - BAL) | Rostered in 81% of leagues

Normally, I’d advise you to keep a non-quarterback player who sees the most offensive snaps on his team. Brown is also the Ravens' most targeted player this season, and he’s by far the most targeted wide receiver. So how is it that he has a total of 55 yards over the last three games? He hasn’t cracked double-digit points since Week 5! The issue with Brown that we have seen all season long is he is too reliant on one big play or touchdown. I don’t blame you for keeping him because his schedule gets pretty juicy starting in Week 12. However, I’d rather take my chances with other receivers on the waiver wire, such as rookies Michael Pittman Jr. or Jalen Reagor.

A.J. Green (WR - CIN) | Rostered in 68% of leagues

Green is a familiar face on my list of players to drop, so it begs the question: Why is he still so widely owned? Green has seen the second-most targets on the team over the last five weeks, but that’s only three more targets than Tee Higgins. And Higgins has played much better than the veteran receiver. One look at the stats backs this up, too. Green has three games of more than double-digit points. Higgins has done it in every game except the first two of the season. This isn’t a Higgins versus Green comparison, though it’s proof that Green is slowly being whittled out of this offense. I’d rather use this roster spot on a more impactful player.

LOOK AHEAD

Jared Cook (TE - NO) | Rostered in 68% of leagues

I was tempted to include every tight end as a player to drop. Rob Gronkowski and Mark Andrews were the highest-scoring players at the position this week with 13.1 points. That’s not great. It’s also why Cook isn’t in the main part of this column. He plays at such a premium position, even if his last two games have been horrendous, to say the least. Cook is also another player who relies on touchdowns to be fantasy relevant. The plethora of options in New Orleans and the injury to Drew Brees makes Cooks’ situation a bit murkier. Keep an eye on how he bounces back against a favorable upcoming schedule: Atlanta, at Denver, at Atlanta, and at Philadelphia.

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