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After last week, you might be tempted to drop your entire fantasy roster unless you have Justin Fields or Joe Mixon, because it was feast or famine on every level. We have four teams (Jets, Patriots, Bengals and Ravens) watching from home or a restful vacation spot this week, along with a myriad of injuries that continue to plague the league, but there are still drops to to do and movements to do.
We should always be looking for roster improvements, so cutting out non-producing players is a necessary evil. If you’re looking for players to put away for future use, I’ve got you covered there as well.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams (85% listed on Yahoo)
The Rams appear to be broken; maybe someone can get the canister out and blow. We’ve hit double-digit weeks in the NFL season, and managers need wins now, so we can’t wait for LA to figure out what’s going on with the offense. Tyler Higbee has gone from 95% of snaps in Weeks 1-5 to 76% in the last four contests and has only been targeted nine times in total since Week 7.
I know things are tough league wide at TE, but maybe it’s time for the 85% of you Yahoo managers who cling to Higbee to start broadcasting position based on weekly matches or trying to find a more productive option on the waiver wire like like Greg Dulcich, Cade Otton or dare I say, Cole Kmet.
Cam Akers, RB, Rams (41% registered)
Cam Akers is a disgruntled player who stays with a team that clearly doesn’t like him. In the RB’s first game since Week 5, Akers saw five carries he took for just three yards, and was swept away by Darrell Henderson’s 12 carries. Volume aside, Akers just doesn’t look good and doesn’t even perform near the level he was before his torn Achilles.
More than 40% of you still hold out hope for the 23-year-old, and it’s my duty to give you permission to let him go. The RB position has a fair share of emerging players due to injuries and attrition, so trade Akers for Jeff Wilson or Rachaad White.
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Alec Pierce WR, Colts (33% registered)
It was an ugly outing for the Colts in Week 9, among the worst offensive performances of any team this season. The rookie has been decent at times but sits as a WR48 at half-PPR and has only put up 10.8 total points at half-PPR since Indy moved to QB Sam Ehlinger.
It becomes clear that this offense will barely sustain a star like Michael Pittman Jr. going forward, let alone ancillary parts of the receiving corps. Pierce is currently fielded by 33% of Yahoo managers, so those teams are strong and replace him with wides on a more productive offense like Wan’Dale Robinson or even Terrace Marshall Jr.
Elijah Moore, WR, Jets (31% registered)
The 22-year-old was on this list in Week 7, but Elijah Moore is still listed at a sufficiently high rate and has done absolutely nothing to benefit fantasy managers since, so he’s earned another spot in this column. Moore is still a Jet past the trade deadline despite being traded and hasn’t made a catch since Week 5.
Head coach Robert Saleh gives us little optimism that his usage will change, so there’s no reason for Moore to be listed for fantasy purposes in the future in 2022.
Caleb Huntley, RB, Falcons (24% registered)
Cordarelle Patterson’s return after a stint in the IR leaves Caleb Huntley as a third option behind 10-year-old rookie journeyman Tyler Allgeier. Atlanta “softened” Patterson up to 13 carries and a target, which he turned into 53 total yards and two touchdowns.
Huntley’s usage was third in the pecking order and should stay there for the rest of the season, barring another injury. If you have a bigger bench and want to hide it, that’s fine, but the rookie can be safely dropped in most formats in favor of an RB higher on the depth chart.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens and Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
Both of these wide will undergo foot surgeries and are done for the season. There are still enough of you to form this duo for it to be worth mentioning. Free up a spot on the roster and let them claw back until next draft season.
Romeo Doubs WR, Packers and JK Dobbins, RB, Ravens
Doubs are expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury and Dobbins is recovering from knee surgery which is making them difficult to hold on to. The fantasy playoffs will be well underway when and if they return to the field, so they can be safely dropped off at this point.
On thin Ice (the story of Isaiah/Isiah)
Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Bills: It’s been a fantastic up and down trip for McKenzie in 2022, but he’s still the WR3 on one of the NFL’s best offenses. Let’s see how his usage evolves at home against the Vikings this week.
Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs: The rookie started for the second week in a row but didn’t do anything significant with the role, posting just nine total yards in Week 9. That backfield is very messy, with all three RBs cannibalizing any fantasy value , but don’t let Pacheco down yet. Let’s wait at least one more week, since the Chiefs have a favorable RB game against the Jaguars on Sunday.
This article originally appeared on 4for4.com
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A proud alumnus of the UGA Grady College of Journalism, Jennifer Eakins has worked in the sports industry for over a decade. She has worked with CNN Sports, the Atlanta Hawks and the Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft was in 1996, where she selected Ricky Watters with the first overall pick, and she’s been a fantasy freak ever since.