It’s Week 5 and the waiver wire is in full effect. Don’t fight it. Enough time has passed to admit two things; One, there’s room for improvement on your Fantasy Football team and two, you actually kind of liked Ballers on HBO.
It’s been a strange season thus far, with more confusion, contradictions and inconsistencies than Chris Berman’s wardrobe selection or LeBron James’ hairline.
Leonard Hankerson, Duke Johnson, Allen Hurns, Kamar Aiken and others are begging for an opportunity to play for you but there’s one problem, none of these guys showed up in your preseason research.
Having trouble deciding who to add? Check out this week’s Waiver Wire.
Remember that one time in college when you didn’t do that thing because at the time it was completely out of your comfort zone but now, looking back on it, you really wished you had done it? Folks, that’s called regret and frankly there’s no room for that in Fantasy Football.
Let’s take a quick look at the recommendations from the last three weeks and see how we did:
- Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
- Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans
- Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
- DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
- Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
- Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
- Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
- Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears
- Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
- Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
- Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
- Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans
- Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts
- Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
- Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Let’s get to it. Rip the band-aid off and take a look at the players to drop in this week’s Reaper Report.
Week 5 Players to Drop
As always, we’re playing by Talladega Nights rules here folks. If you ain’t first, you’re last!
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Often times one of the most difficult aspects of Fantasy Football is distinguishing what separates the real game from the computer screen, most notably at the quarterback position. Year after year we are witness to at least a handful of NFL quarterbacks whose success on the field, for whatever reason, does not quite translate to success in the world of Fantasy Football. This has nothing to do with Colin Kaepernick however, as he has become nothing short of unreliable for both the San Francisco 49ers and Fantasy Football owners.
Much to the chagrin of Trent Dilfer, Kaepernick has simply not developed during his time in the NFL. He has an elongated throwing motion and what appears to be a below average team around him, but Kaepernick attempts to make up for this with his inability to read defenses.
The 49ers currently sit at or near the bottom of the NFL in multiple offensive statistics; ranked 32nd in passing yards, 31st in yards per pass attempt, 32nd in passing touchdowns along with an offensive line which has given up the second most sacks thus far.
(Disclaimer: If your Fantasy league awards bonus points for posing nude in magazines, rocking an oversized flat bill or leading the league in memes, then disregard the advice given above)
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Owning Matthew Stafford is like a box of chocolates. You feel sick to your stomach and are likely to put on weight from an emotional binge eating session. Stafford somewhat salvaged what was close to being an abysmal performance Sunday night by goign 6-for-6 for 73 yards on the final drive. Before that stretch, Stafford had just 130 passing yards on the night, leaving Stafford owners with a feeling they have become all too familiar with, disappointment.
Stafford apologists will point out he’s receiving consistent pressure due to poor play calling and a less than stellar offensive line. However, according to ESPN Stats & Information, prior to Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Detroit Lions offense had controlled the line of scrimmage on 47.6 percent of dropbacks, roughly the league average. To put this into further perspective, this is also roughly 5-percent better than what, mythical creature, Aaron Rodgers is currently receiving.
It’s only Week 5 and already Stafford is dealing with injuries to his arm, ribs and chest. Stafford was already the Andy Dick of NFL quarterbacks (use whatever joke you want here), if we’re going to add injuries on top of erratic performance, on top of poor play calling then it may be time to let someone else enjoy the roller coaster (insert picture of someone getting sick on a roller coaster).
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
“YES! THANK GOD I HAVE JONATHAN STEWART!” – no one, ever.
Washington Redskins fans felt hope and together rejoiced as Mike Shanahan was introduced as Head Coach. St. Louis Rams fans celebrated the NFL Draft selection of sure thing, franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford. Pop culture fans discovered an adorable young gentleman by the name of Justin Bieber. Consumers are introduced to something called an iPad and Jonathan Stewart had his most recent instance of back-to-back games with 90 or more rushing yards. Why is this relevant, you ask? These are all things that took place in the year 2010.
“Jonathan Stewart injury” has 1,290,000 results on Google (no, seriously). The majority of Stewart’s frustrating injury history is lower body related; knees, ankles and feet, and it appears to be taking a toll on the once promising running back.
On the surface, Stewart looks like a smart player to stash. The Carolina Panthers don’t seem to have an offensive weapon in the passing game outside of Greg Olsen and have been extremely run heavy, currently fifth in the NFL with over 130 rushing yards per game, on their way to a 4-0 start.
Unfortunately for Stewart owners, this is due in large part to Cam Newton playing hero ball, getting padded up heavier than the kid in Little Giants. Newton has taken advantage of his body armor and accounted for 17 of the team’s 30 rushing first downs and both of the team’s rushing touchdown’s thus far.
Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
Draft Shane Vereen they said. He’ll catch passes they said. He’s finally getting a bigger role they said… They were wrong. Ask David Wilson owners if they recommend drafting a New York Giant running back, then laugh … and then duck.
Vereen provided Fantasy Football owners with hope when he left the Super Bowl Champion, New England Patriots to sign with the New Giants in the off season. The Giants, seemingly, had a plan on how to best utilize Vereen’s skill set, most notably in the passing game. Instead, Fantasy Football owners are left scratching their heads with a situation that’s more complicated than the plot of Lost. Vereen is averaging just a hair over 19 rushing yards per game through the first four weeks of the season and has been held without a catch over the past two games. If your pass catching running back has as many receptions over the last two weeks as my Mom does, then you know you’ve done something wrong.
You may go back and look at Vereen’s stats a bit closer and point out his Week 2 performance against the Atlanta Falcons in which he totaled 95 yards to go along with eight receptions. Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to be all that impressive (insert McKayla Maroney face) when you investigate a bit further and find that players in similar roles within their offenses, Darren Sproles and Lance Dunbar, both had themselves better Fantasy games against that same Atlanta Falcons defense (Side note: start your pass catching running backs against Atlanta).
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
- Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
- Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
- Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
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