Throughout the fantasy football season, there have been mass amounts of column inches, words, and more dedicated to helping you make roster additions all season. This often includes things like how much FAAB to allocate, sleepers to stash away, and more. However, what is the counter move? When you drop someone who becomes a fantasy droppable player? As we head into the playoffs it is time to cut bait on a few supposed “stars” and scoop up higher-upside players.
After you drop these scrubs, check out some options to add in the SGPN Playoff Waiver Wire Column.
Who are Fantasy Playoff Droppable Players?
Matt Ryan (QB) – 85.3% of Rosters
Matt Ryan, the former MVP, seemed like he was going to be off to a hot start putting up seven games with 275 or more yards in the first nine weeks. However, this hot start was merely a cover for a relatively pedestrian start. Ryan had as many games without a touchdown pass as he had multiple touchdown games, four. Since the bye week in Week 10, Ryan has moved from pedestrian to atrocious. He is completing only 55% of his passes and has four touchdowns against six interceptions while being sacked 14 times. Drop Ryan ASAP.
Matt Stafford (QB) – 60.3% of Rosters
Matt Stafford has had an up and down year all season. However with a rib injury threatening his availability for Week 15 and continued injuries to his receiving corps threaten his ability to be productive. Stafford has a difficult schedule coming up as well with games against the Titans and Buccaneers on tap for Weeks 15 and 16. Consider several other options with better schedules and opportunities than Stafford and mark him as fantasy droppable.
Quarterbacks to Add – Baker Mayfield or Jalen Hurts
Darrell Henderson (RB) – 68.4% of Rosters
It seemed like this was going to be Darrell Henderson’s year to emerge as the consistent option next to Cam Akers in the Rams’ backfield. Despite some success , his numbers have steadily decreased. Early on in the season, he was right around 40% of the Rams offensive snaps. Now that number has dropped into the 20% range. Additionally, his touches are down from 13.8 per game before the bye week to 6.3 after the bye. He has made some big plays, but he is not seeing enough touches to be considered a viable fantasy option right now.
Le’Veon Bell (RB) – 63.3% of Rosters
Y’all gotta stop being so enamored with big-name players landing in new and “better” situations. Sure Bell left a toxic situation with the Jets, but he has not been the same back since he skipped the 2018 season with a contract dispute. Even though he arrived in a much better Kansas City Chiefs offense, he has only been averaging 7.7 touches per game, and that is skewed by a 13 touch game he had in Week 13. He does not have a run or reception of 20+ yards since 2017 and does not look like the same elusive back he once was. Le’Veon is 100% fantasy droppable right now.
Running Backs to Add – Jeff Wilson Jr, Gus Edwards, Phillip Lindsay
Antonio Brown (WR) – 84.3% of Rosters
There needs to be a support group out there for people who go all-in on big names who change teams. Antonio Brown has had a mediocre season at best. Since returning to the NFL in Week 9, he has only had 10+ targets one time this season. Hell, he is not even averaging the most points from anyone with the last name “Brown.” He currently ranks behind John, Marquise, and AJ in that category. Presently he is averaging only 6.8 points per week and has only broken 10 points once. He is playing in a crowded passing-catching group and will not see consistent targets to merit consideration as a fantasy option.
Darius Slayton (WR) – 56.2% of Rosters
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There was a stretch in the early going where it seemed like Darius Slayton was going to be part of a pass-happy New Jersey Giants’ defense. That is a long way away. Since then he has only had one 60+ yard game despite being on the field for a majority of the Giants’ offensive snaps. Additionally, he has not seen a red-zone target since Week 6. The Giants have moved away from their attempts to build a passing offense in favor of a run-early and run-often approach. Slayton still remains on 56% of rosters despite not having one productive week since Week 6. He is fantasy droppable for the rest of the playoffs.
Wide Receivers to Add – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, KJ Hamler, Keelan Cole
Zach Ertz (TE) – 62.7% of Rosters
Oh, look, another big name player who was last relevant in 2017. Okay, that is an exaggeration, but injuries have robbed Zach Ertz of his effectiveness. Add that to the fact that Jalen Hurts looks like he wants to target Dallas Goedert and his receivers more often. Ertz was once one of the most reliable options at tight end, but he has only one touchdown and has only cleared 50 yards once this season. Drop Ertz ASAP.
Tight Ends to Add – Cole Kmet, Dalton Schultz, Dawson Knox
Packers DST – 66.3% of Rosters
The Packers DST has climbed up to the DST14 on the season. However, that number is inflated by three double-digit weeks. Outside of that, they have been below 5 points in six weeks. Additionally, they have a difficult schedule in the upcoming weeks with the Panthers and Titans on the schedule in the upcoming weeks. Look here for several better options and why they are better choices.
Defenses to Add – Cardinals, Giants
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