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Fantasy Football Players You Can Drop: Week 8

  • The Draft Network
  • October 27, 2020
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We’re entering an interesting point in fantasy leagues. Now is the time to really look ahead and project how your team is looking over the next few weeks. Before you know it, the playoffs will be here. However, the trade deadline is even sooner. And the flurry of injuries this season have tossed many fantasy teams into a state of panic. You’ll notice my list of droppable players this week is a little thin—and for good reason. If any of your players have even a sliver of value, look to trade them first. As good players keep getting scooped up off the waiver wire, it gives some players (like the ones below) a tad bit more value than they may normally have. Basically, you need to see how a player matches up with a player who you could possibly pick up. But for the most part, you can move on from these guys.

Sammy Watkins (WR - KC) | Rostered in 41% of leagues

This may come as a surprise because Watkins has missed the last two games with an injury. It’s not that Watkins is a bad player; it’s that you need to weigh the risk versus the reward. Will you ever need to have Watkins in your starting lineup? As I said in my Waiver Wire column on Monday, there are many good, widely available options for the position. With Watkins, you’re not sure what you get. It doesn’t help his case that the Chiefs have plenty of other weapons for Patrick Mahomes to throw to. Perhaps the main reason, though, is it’s nearly impossible to trust Watkins to stay healthy. He’s only had one season where he played every game: his rookie season in 2014. By keeping him on your roster, you’re holding out hope he can be a constant source of 12-plus points when you can find a better option on the waivers. 

Dalton Schultz (TE - DAL) | Rostered in 39% of leagues

The Dalton Schultz Fantasy Experiment has finally come to an end. Schultz followed up three good-looking weeks with three bad-looking ones. This Dallas offense has quickly become a hot mess, and Schultz seems to be directly impacted by it. His targets have dipped significantly since Dak Prescott went down, and I doubt they’re getting better with *checks notes* Ben DiNucci at quarterback. Tight ends are a tough position to manage, so I don’t blame you if you hang on to Schultz a bit longer. But in all likelihood, he belongs on the waivers.

Frank Gore (RB - NYJ) | Rostered in 24% of leagues

When the New York Jets cut Le’Veon Bell, Frank Gore saw a mini resurgence in fantasy leagues. Unfortunately for those poor souls who added Gore, it’s time to place him back on waivers. While it’s encouraging that he split carries with rookie La’Mical Perine, Gore just hasn’t been able to produce. An old running back on a bad team rarely works out well, especially when that running back is barely involved in the passing game. If you still have Gore, you’re banking on a rushing touchdown. Considering all the above factors, that’s even unlikelier when you realize the Jets have only three rushing touchdowns all season.

N’Keal Harry (WR - NE) | Rostered in 24% of leagues

Harry has been such a disappointment in his two-year career. He’s dealt with some injuries, but when healthy, he has failed to justify Bill Belichick spending a first-round pick on him in 2019. For the third game in a row, Harry was the third-most targeted wide receiver on the team. That’s not good, especially since he’s seen just two targets each game since the Patriots’ Week 5 bye. If you’re still somehow clinging on to Harry, it’s finally time to cut bait.

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Julian Edelman (WR - NE) | Rostered in 78% of leagues

It’s just not a great year for New England receivers. The only reason Edelman isn’t a sure-fire cut this week is that he leads the team in targets per game. Even so, Edelman still hasn’t done too much with those targets. He hasn’t cracked seven points since his explosion in Week 2. The road ahead is decent as he gets games at the Buffalo Bills and Jets, but after that, matchups against the Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, and Los Angeles Rams could spell trouble for the 34-year-old wideout. I barely have any confidence left in Edelman this season.

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