Now is the time for drops from the back end of your roster for upside plays, especially for running backs and receivers who might have been overlooked by the rest of your league. The players below are a mix of veterans who are in the twilight of their careers and young guys who look unlikely to pay off.
Joe Flacco (All Leagues)
The Flacco era in Denver is officially over after a neck injury landed him on IR late last week. The former Super Bowl MVP has been nothing short of mediocre this season (every season?) and was not likely to garner much consideration for your fantasy team anyway. Outside of deeper 2QB and SuperFlex leagues he has held little value as he is averaging just 227 yards passing per game and threw for only six touchdowns. If you somehow still own him, I would recommend making the drop this week. He isn’t even worth an IR stash.
Gary Jennings Jr. (12 Team Leagues)
This one pains me to type. I bought in on the 4th Round pick out of WVU back in the summer. With the Seahawks signing Josh Gordon, however, any chance for Jennings to be a factor this year is down the drain. Maybe we should have seen this coming in preseason as Jennings was not exactly drawing rave reviews from the staff. Still, talent trumps all and most 4th Rounders will be given as much leeway as possible to make an impact. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, it will likely take a chance of scenery for that occur which is unlikely to happen.
Frank Gore (10 Team Leagues)
This drop is for shallower dynasty leagues as I respect Gore’s career and what he has accomplished in his career. However, it looks like there is a changing of the guard in Buffalo. For starters, Devin Singletary has outouched Gore 30 to 20 over the past two weeks. That might not look like a wide gap but given Singletary has 190 total yards to Gore’s 49 in that same time frame, its easy to see who is the superior back. Gore was stuffed on three straight carries at the goaline yesterday. With Singletary looking so good, Gore’s days as being fantasy relevant are numbered. I would be dropping him or trying to trade him to the Singletary owner as insurance.
Ty Johnson (12 Team Leagues)
Hard to believe we were blowing FAAB and waiver priority on Johnson just two weeks ago but here we are. After gaining just 54 yards in two soft matchups, a couple things are clear. Johnson isn’t very good and he is part of an ugly committee. With Detroit’s offense looking like it will air it out most weeks, JD McKissic is the better back to own. That is, unless you are into guys who run like a deer but turn like a battleship.
Jace Sternberger (12 Teams)
I know it is taboo to look at cutting a skill player in Green Bay, but with Sternberger on the IR tough decisions have to be made. The more I see Green Bay, the more I see an offense that doesn’t funnel targets to the tight end anyway. Between Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, and Marquez Valdez-Scantling it is hard to see a healthy Sternberger being better than the 4th option. Do we really want to hold onto a tight end that is unlikely to see more than 4-5 targets a game with virtually zero Red Zone role? If you are in a position where you need the IR spot, cut him loose.