Another week nearing its end means another week closer to a fantasy championship. With the NFL nearing its turn down the home straight away, and as teams begin to jostle their way for playoff position in both conferences, the margin for error in your transaction window has become ever so small. With that, here are five players you can safely drop as you search for immediate impact elsewhere, and a few trade candidates to kick the tires on.
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
With just two touchdown catches since Week 1, Kirk’s point ceiling is extremely limited due to the lack of targets in the red zone and the limited looks he receives on shot plays from Kyler Murray. While his target share for the majority of the year could be a reason to keep him rostered, with DeAndre Hopkins back in the fold and the Cardinals in search of the No. 1 seed in the NFC, it’s hard to believe Kirk will be a featured wideout in Kliff Kingsbury’s high-flying offense. The Cardinals will need him in the playoffs as teams look to limit Hopkins, but from a fantasy perspective, he’s safe to drop.
Foster Moreau, TE, Las Vegas Raiders
With Darren Waller out, many picked up Moreau after dropping Washington TE Logan Thomas (knee). In hopes of catching lightning in a bottle, Moreau, although nearly 30% owned in all formats, doesn’t earn the necessary looks from Derek Carr to warrant a roster spot. While he will remain TE2 and on the field in 12-personnel, he’s much more of an extension of the line than a downfield threat at this point in his career.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
I really do feel sorry for the kid. And while I remain hopeful that Jacksonville is able to turn it around whether or not Urban Meyer remains in charge in the seasons to come, Lawrence hasn’t been good in his debut campaign. But, while we can only judge the on-field product despite the barrage of off-field issues swallowing the Jaguars’ organization, Lawrence has been subpar, to say the least, especially the last two months of play. With just two wins the entire season, the Jaguars are, once again, on their way to earning a one-way ticket to the top three of next year’s draft. There are a litany of issues to solve if they ever hope to reap the rewards of their uber-talented quarterback. Lawrence has thrown for just two touchdown passes since Week 6. Drop.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
Following a season-high 23-point output in a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Chargers back in Week 5, Mayfield has been substandard, totaling outputs of 12.16, 9.5, 4.92, 7.94, and 12.28 on separate occasions. While he’s played on a partially torn labrum since Week 2—a definite credit toward his toughness and grit—Mayfield has failed to impress this fall. For a signal-caller in hopes of a massive extension soon, his current standing among the league’s average players under center simply won’t welcome a hefty paycheck. Currently behind the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Daniel Jones, Taylor Heinicke, Jared Goff, and Trevor Lawrence in fantasy output, while it’s not a knock on the aforementioned signal-callers and their individual success, it shows that Mayfield is simply not viable to roster at this point.
Antonio Brown, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He isn’t eligible to return until Tampa Bay’s Week 16 game (Dec 26), and while his production when available has been intriguing, I don’t envision him regaining his role that late in the campaign. Also, would you start him in your fantasy championship? Didn’t think so.
In hopes of striking gold late in the season, these players could invite larger returns than the actual production you’re currently receiving if you’re in desperation mode. Don’t be afraid to at least test the waters.
- Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals
- Julio Jones, WR, Tennessee Titans
- Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos