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Fantasy Football Players You Can Drop After Week 3

  • The Draft Network
  • September 27, 2021
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Week 3 has nearly come and gone, and with just one game left on the slate, it’s time to look forward to Week 4. If you’ve been fortunate enough to reap the massive reward of rostering Cooper Kupp, Tom Brady, or sleeper of the year thus far in Los Angeles Chargers wideout Mike Williams, kudos to you as you’re probably sitting on your high-horse early in your fantasy campaign. However, for the majority of you, you’re looking for ways to improve your roster, and with addition, comes subtraction. 

Let’s jump right into my droppables of this week, presented by OwnersBox, which should allow some wiggle room for you to improve your team. 

Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints

Following a massive preseason and injuries to Michael Thomas, Callaway became the Saints’ de facto WR1 on paper. With Jameis Winston at quarterback, the stars aligned for Callaway to progress into a stud sleeper prospect with a massive ceiling capable of rostering week in and week out. However, it’s been much of the contrary through three weeks, as Callaway has just seven catches for 63 yards and a touchdown, good for WR74 (19.3 points) through three games. Thomas still remains on the PUP list and will be out at least the next two weeks before New Orleans’ bye in Week 6, which leaves room for Callaway to produce before his return, but for now, he’s safe to drop despite catching a touchdown last week.

A.J. Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers

Dillon’s role was expected to skyrocket with Jamaal Williams’ departure to Detroit. A bruising, downhill back who enjoyed one of the most illustrious collegiate careers of any ball-carrier in recent memory, Dillon just hasn’t received the necessary allotment of snaps behind Aaron Jones to become a serviceable option in your lineups. Heading into Monday night, Dillon is RB63 and finds himself below the likes of Vegas’ Alex Ingold, Tennessee’s Jeremy McNichols, and 49ers fullback Kyle Jusczyk in points. Drop.

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

The situation surrounding Crowder in New York doesn’t look to be improving any time soon, and you can’t waste a precious roster spot much longer. Initially thought to serve as a dominant target hog in the Zach Wilson-led Jets aerial attack, Crowder has been completely irrelevant through three weeks, missing every game. With Crowder and Denzel Mims out, the Jets’ offense has represented one of the most abysmal in all of football, highlighted by a shutout from the Denver Broncos yesterday afternoon. While his role can surely round into form upon his return to the lineup, Crowder is a free agent next spring and could be focused on his next endeavor outside of New York.

Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

A swiss-army knife, Shenault has found himself lost in translation early in 2021. Behind D.J. Chark and Marvin Jones for targets, his workload hasn’t shown any sign of increasing as the Jaguars’ mosey through their season. Rostered in nearly 80% of leagues, Shenault is currently WR64 and should quickly hit the waiver wire if he finds himself occupying a roster slot.

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears

As the quarterback debacle continues in Chicago, Kmet’s development into one of the league's young, premier in-line threats hasn’t come to fruition. Week 1 offered a glimpse into the ceiling Kmet has with five receptions for 42 yards against a stingy Los Angeles Rams defense. But in the following two weeks, the former Notre Dame star has just two catches for 11 yards combined. There are currently 30 tight ends with more accrued points than Kmet and I don’t see an adjustment in his target share coming anytime soon as long as Matt Nagy is calling plays.

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