Ouch. Week 2 was full of injuries, and scares, and a whole lot of bad news. We continue to gather more and more info about players, and while it still may seem early, keeping your roster free of dead weight is worth practicing. You can’t grab the hot waiver pickups without making some cuts. So, let’s look at players who you should consider cutting ties with heading into Week 3.
Owned in 91% of ESPN Leagues
With the news that Woodhead suffered a torn ACL official, he’s the most obvious drop after the carnage of Week 2. A PPR stud, Woodhead was likely going to have another productive season, especially after the Keenan Allen injury. But, like Allen, he has ended up on the IR, and should make his way to the waivers in all redraft leagues.
Time to Say Goodbye
Owned in 54% of ESPN Leagues
I’ll admit it. I bought into the idea that Funchess may have been pushing Kelvin Benjamin to an extent during this preseason. Well, it’s Week 3, and I can already admit I was wrong. With only 8 targets through two games, Funchess simply doesn’t have the volume to sustain any value. The receiving value in this offense belongs to Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen. With a low-target role, Funchess doesn’t need to be rostered in 10 man leagues and is a strong drop candidate in 12 team leagues. His only value will come on the odd week he grabs a touchdown.
Running Out of Time
Owned in 93.2% of ESPN Leagues
Everyone wanted Coby Fleener to emerge in the Saints’ tight end role that has produced so many fantasy relevant seasons. Even Ben Watson proved he could be a fantasy starter in this role. Fleener has somehow turned this role into three catches for 35 yards through two weeks. I wouldn’t drop him yet, and he has a soft matchup with an Atlanta defense that has already given up seven passing touchdowns in Week 3. But if Fleener doesn’t show signs of life this week, he will end up on a lot of waivers come next week.
Remember, to check out the players the TFA staff are targeting on waivers and use this weekly update to help you clear roster space so you can make your moves during the waiver period! In coming weeks, I won’t be pointing out the obvious drop candidates that occur due to injury. Those drops are simple, and should be made in every league. As we continue to gather more data, and see more trends, these drops become less reactionary, and more based in trends in numbers. Check back next week for more!