The last round of bye weeks is hitting us in Week 13. A week which will be the last regular season game or perhaps even the first playoff week for almost all leagues. At this point hopefully your starting lineup is pretty well set. Now is the time to drop low-upside players who won’t crack your starting lineup. Yes, depth is nice, and you shouldn’t drop viable starters. But stashing high-upside players for the playoffs can decide who wins a championship, and who doesn’t. Players like Dion Lewis, Sammy Watkins, and the like. So let’s look at who is worth dropping for high upside flyers, or last minute injury replacements
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The loss of A.J. Green is going to be felt strongly by Dalton owners. His first week without him was not a successful one, and with QB’s being of low positional scarcity, Dalton is no longer worth holding in 1-QB leagues. No Green, no Gio Bernard, and now Jeremy Hill is banged up. The Bengals’ offense is simply getting destroyed with injuries, which don’t help Dalton’s case on your fantasy team.
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Blake Bortles’ regression this year has been downright stunning. A year after supporting two receivers in Allen Robinson and Hurns, now neither are anywhere close to preseason expectations. And with Denver, Minnesota, and Houston as the next three defenses for Hurns to face, an uptick in production is far from likely. Bortles’ poor play, and a gauntlet of pass defenses on the schedule is a bad recipe for any player. Especially one with 34 yards in the past three weeks. Hurns is safe to drop, and his outlook for the rest of the season is bleak.
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Another Jaguar, Yeldon’s outlook is tied directly to Chris Ivory. If Ivory sits, Yeldon could be an emergency fill in for this coming week. Yeldon hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown since Week 1, and his last TD was a receiving score back in Week 9. Add in the fact that he hasn’t topped 50 rushing yards since Week 4, and Yeldon is nowhere near start worthy. His upside is practically non-existent, and while the upcoming schedule has been more favorable for running backs than receivers, it’s still a tough stretch for a player already struggling. You’d be better off simply rostering a handcuff than Yeldon. Mike Gillislee and Alfred Morris both have lower ownership than Yeldon.
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When he was healthy, he was ineffective. Now he’s a healthy scratch each week. Barring a Rob Kelley injury, Jones has no value at all. I’m hopeful that he’s been dropped in most competitive redraft leagues at this point.
Good luck with the last round of bye weeks, particularly if you’ve been rolling out Marcus Mariota at QB each week. With the fantasy regular season winding down, bench spots can begin to serve a different purpose than they did in the middle of the season. Check back next week to get a look at who can be dropped entering the fantasy playoffs!