Well, we managed to escape Week 6 with only one significant injury. Big Ben is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a meniscus injury. While this is a significant injury in real football and fantasy football, this season has been particularly full of injuries. One significant fantasy relevant injury seems like a low count for a week with how this season has gone. Hopefully Big Ben will be closer to the 4-week timetable, and Antonio Brown owners can eventually relax. For now, it’s time to take a look at players who haven’t been pulling their weight and are worth a look at dropping.
Owned in 77.7% of ESPN Leagues
Bortles has failed to throw for 3 touchdowns in a single game this season. He hasn’t thrown for 300 yards since Week 2. He just barely snuck into double digits against the Bears this week. His only really good game was Week 4 against the Colts. What’s alarming, is without scoring 9 points on the ground, Bortles only threw for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns in that game. The Colts’ defense is awful. They made Brock Osweiler look good in a late game situation. That’s saying something. Bortles simply hasn’t put up the numbers he did last year. He was a regression candidate coming into the season but has seen more than anyone expected. He’s droppable in 1 QB leagues of 10-12 teams, and it’s possible you can find a better option in an even larger league.
Owned in 83.9% of ESPN Leagues
Maybe I’m just unfairly judging the Jaguars’ offense. But they’ve played 5 games, and even highly drafted receiver Allen Robinson has failed to live up to his billing. Yeldon was allegedly going to be the lead back this week and was out-touched by Chris Ivory. Ivory is also the player who will be getting the majority of the goal line work, making Yeldon a low TD player in an offense that can’t get going. More owned than Ivory, Yeldon is now likely the lesser valuable back in a timeshare. If nothing else, owners would be better off with Ivory. There are higher upside options out there in most leagues.
Owned in 78.4% of ESPN Leagues
As of my writing this, Floyd has been a complete afterthought in the Monday night game against the Jets, outside of a late touchdown. The touchdown came in the 4th quarter of a game the Cardinals’ were already dominating. He has spent a lot of time on the sideline in the past few weeks. Arizona also hasn’t been the same deep ball offense they have been in the past few years. He has no games over 65 yards. No games with more than 4 receptions. Averaging under 3 receptions per game is no way to produce fantasy relevant statistics. A low target share, in an offense that is moving away from the deep ball, makes Floyd a player best left on the waivers.
Week 7 has only Carolina and Dallas on a bye. Week 8 however, has 6 teams on a bye, and it may be worth planning ahead for the Week 8-9 block that sees 12 total teams on a bye. While that scheduling doesn’t make sense to me personally, it’s something fantasy owners will have to work around regardless. Getting a head start can give you a chance to find better bye week fill-ins, which can ultimately decide a win or a loss. Read up on the TFA post-waiver recommendations, and check back next week to see who should be on your personal chopping block.