A season that has been continuously flipped on its head got even wilder Sunday. There was a Houston Texans win over the then 8-2 Tennessee Titans, a comeback victory for the Tyler Huntley-led Baltimore Ravens over Chicago, and a shootout in Los Angeles between the Chargers and Steelers capped off what was another chaotic football Sunday.
As we near playoff time, I hope you find yourself in a comfortable spot in your fantasy leagues. With injuries aplenty and underperforming studs in abundance, I’m sure the waiver wire has become a best friend for you as we’ve progressed through the campaign. With just a few short weeks left, every transaction means that much more as you look to maneuver your way to a title this fall.
With that, let’s jump right in. Here are five players who are safe to drop as you look to finalize your fantasy roster.
D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Much like Khalil Herbert in Chicago following David Montgomery’s re-insertion into the lineup, Johnson’s success was short-lived following the return of the Browns’ bell-cow back, Nick Chubb. Still rostered in nearly 75% of formats, Johnson will continue to man a limited role if Kareem Hunt is unable to return in the coming weeks, but he’s not worth rostering at this point in time. If you have the luxury to stash him in hopes of Chubb missing time, surely do so, but if you’re in need of immediate production from the RB/Flex spot, you can comfortably move on.
Marvin Jones Jr, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jones has been a massive disappointment in Jacksonville's No. 1 receiver role, which was supposed to be filled by D.J. Chark prior to his season-ending ankle injury. His line was serviceable on the surface during the Jaguars’ blowout loss to the 49ers (4 rec, 52 yards) but the 49ers were never threatened and Trevor Lawrence was ineffective throughout the afternoon. An enticing matchup lies ahead against Atlanta's thin secondary, but Jones might be dependent on garbage-time production right now. Drop.
Julio Jones, WR, Tennessee Titans
A nagging hamstring injury has ailed the former All-Pro wideout all season long and he was resultantly placed on IR this week. A pass-catcher that was expected to form a superstar duo on the outside opposite A.J. Brown, Jones has been a shell of himself in his debut campaign as a Titan and will remain out until at least Week 14.
Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
How the Chargers hang their hat isn’t a secret. They win games on the shoulders of Justin Herbert and the legs of Austin Ekeler, and they look to blow teams out week after week. For Cook, who thrived in New Orleans in the past working in tandem with Drew Brees, the targets have not been there as he’s totaled just 10 catches the last four weeks combined and has reached paydirt just twice in 11 weeks. An offense highlighted by Keenan Allen and a now-healthy Mike Williams, there’s only one ball to go around and Cook has found himself out of the mix as the Chargers hunt for a division title.
Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
A back who was looked upon to boost the Seattle run game this fall, taking the overwhelmingly large weight off of Russell Wilson’s shoulders, Carson hasn’t played since Week 4 and was placed on season-ending injured reserve this week. While he returned to practice this past week and attempted to give it a go, his absence can be added to the long list of things that have gone wrong for the 3-7 Seahawks this year.