What a week of football it’s been thus far. With just one game left on the docket to wrap up the 16th and final matchup of Week 2, Sunday’s slate of games presented a clear view of the expectations for each and every player you have rostered. Now two games into the campaign, point-studs have secured their roles, while names expected to garner a large portion of your team's point-share each and every week have found themselves on the shelf, or simply not producing.
If you’ve reaped the rewards of rostering Derrick Henry, Kyler Murray, or Tom Brady, you should be sitting pretty heading into Week 3. However, a wild and injury-riddled Sunday afternoon may cause you to reevaluate your lineup extremely early in the season.
Don’t panic, it’s a long journey home. With that said, here are five players to drop that should open up some wiggle room for additions within your roster entering Week 3.
Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Acquired from the Patriots just weeks before kickoff, Michel’s role in Los Angeles has been non-existent through two games. 48 yards on 11 carries combined has found Michel clearly behind Darrell Henderson Jr. for snaps, and I don’t see a larger role for him moving forward despite sharing the workload with Henderson in Week 2. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1 of last season, and I fully expect that trend to continue. With Henderson as the primary back in goal-to-go situations, Michel has been relied upon to provide a punch between the 20s that has not rounded into form just yet. You don’t have time to wait, drop him.
Trey Sermon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Inactive Week 1, Sermon’s first carry as a pro couldn’t have gone much worse.
With Raheem Mostert gone for the year, Sunday was an opportunity for Sermon to assert his role alongside sixth-rounder Elijah Mitchell in the 49ers backfield. However, his one carry was all he earned, fumbling on his only play from scrimmage before leaving the game with a head injury.
While Mitchell has now earned the role of Kyle Shanahan’s bell-cow back through two weeks, JaMycal Hasty has bumped into the RB2 role with Sermon’s lack of availability and production through two games. Many expected Sermon to garner a majority of the work in San Francisco following Mostert’s season-ending injury, but it’s been Mitchell who’s taken over the reins of the ground attack through two games.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Now 34 years old, Jackson played in just 15% of the offensive snaps for the Rams in Week 1 and was irrelevant Week 2 against the Colts, amassing just three total snaps (5%). Initially thought of as Stafford’s primary deep threat—a role he’s served in throughout his career at his prior three stops—Jackson’s career is looking like it’s quickly coming to a close through two games in 2021. Jackson has found himself in a crowded offense for targets behind Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and second-year speedster Van Jefferson—not to mention the passing game role of Henderson, who earned five targets from Matthew Stafford in the Rams’ 27-24 win over the Colts.
David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
With more than 2,600 yards rushing over the last five seasons combined, Johnson has totaled just 35 yards in two games, and a once heavy workload just isn’t there anymore to garner a spot on your roster moving forward. While the Texans’ offense has surprised through the first two weeks, Tyrod Taylor looks to be out for the foreseeable future, limiting Johnson’s potential role as a receiver—a spot he’s thrived at in the past. In the run game, Johnson slots at RB2 behind veteran Mark Ingram II, and that doesn’t look to change with Davis Mills now running the show.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns
Beckham’s future in Cleveland remains a mystery. Out for the first two games of the year, Beckham is reportedly eyeing his season debut next week in Chicago, but we’ve heard this story before. Rostered in more than 90% of leagues, dropping Beckham could come as a surprise to many this early in the year, but with a goose egg through two weeks, it’s coming down to crunch time if your roster lacks depth and is in desperate need of points at the wide receiver spot. Additionally, even if he does play against the Bears, his workload will surely be limited, ultimately hindering his true fantasy production moving forward.