For the second consecutive week, four teams—Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Washington—entered the week with a .500-or-below winning percentage and defeated a team that began the week in first place or tied for first. In what has been a roller coaster of a month around football, there have been eight such wins the past two weeks, the most in Weeks 9-10 since 1970. A Sunday slate of games that saw Cam Newton’s return, a dazzling performance from Mac Jones, and a Green Bay Packers shutout in Russell Wilson’s return from injury, a wild last handful of weeks has put divisional projections to the wayside, as storylines around the league remain without a decisive conclusion.
For you, however, and your fantasy roster, I hope this article finds you in a comfortable spot as you approach the playoffs. With major bragging rights—and, often, cold hard cash—on the line, the time for you to acquire players with some pop remains paramount if you’re in need of some extra juice to fuel your championship push.
Without further ado, here are five players you can safely place in the rearview mirror as we steamroll into Week 11.
Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Despite an impressive start to the season in which Davis amassed five straight weeks of double-digit fantasy points, his snap count has slowly decreased, and in turn, his overall impact within Atlanta’s offense has as well. With 17.20 fantasy points combined since Atlanta’s Week 6 bye week, Davis has been ineffective in both the run and pass game, and Wayne Gallman’s insertion into the rotation spells bad news moving forward for the veteran back. Add in the presence of Cordarrelle Patterson, who’s been Atlanta’s Weapon X so far this season, and rostering Davis doesn’t make much sense at this point in the season.
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears
With David Montgomery back in the fold and Justin Fields’ ability to create on designed concepts in the run game, Herbert’s role has been decreased back to what it was pre-injury for Montgomery. While he’s surely a dynamic talent whose role in Chicago’s offense will increase down the road, for now, it’s Montgomery’s show. If you’re able to stash him in case Chicago’s RB1 goes down, do it. If not, you can safely move on.
Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers
If you’ve watched Darnold at all the past month, first things first, I’m sorry. With Cam Newton set to take over under center moving forward and Darnold’s season likely over after suffering a shoulder injury, we likely won’t see Darnold ever suit up for Matt Rhule again. A signal-caller that enjoyed early success this fall, Darnold has been abysmal since Week 5 against Philadelphia. He’s amassed eight interceptions compared to just two touchdown passes, leading the Panthers to a 4-5 record and losers of five of their last six following a 3-0 start (outside of their 34-10 win over Arizona on Sunday in which Darnold didn’t play).
Jeremy McNichols, RB, Tennessee Titans
When Derrick Henry went down, it looked to be McNichols who was going to shoulder the run game moving forward in Tennessee. However, with the addition of Adrian Peterson and snaps allotted to D’Onta Foreman, McNichols has quickly found himself out of the running back rotation with no clear avenue to an increased workload. A major part of the passing game early in the season—including an eight-catch, 84-yard performance against the New York Jets in Week 4—McNichols’ has been all but scratched off the offensive game plan for the Titans moving forward.
Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
Another RB to place on waivers, Hubbard finds himself in a similar situation to that of Herbert where the health of Christian McCaffrey has quickly spelled his workload. While he still managed nearly double-digit carries against Arizona, the ceiling on his performances remains low considering the impact McCaffrey has on Carolina’s offense. An impactful back that will, like Herbert, see increased touches moving into future seasons, you could hang on to him in hopes that McCaffrey suffers a setback, but it’s not worth wasting a roster spot. Drop.