If you’re new to my column, then welcome to the Week 11 Players to Drop, or as some like to call it, the Reaper Report. This is where we give suggestions on which players you can safely drop in order to stay a step ahead of your competition.
I’ve listed 44 players to drop thus far in the 2015 season and while Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler, Jonathan Stewart and Michael Floyd have me eating a little more crow than I’d like, the other 40 players I’ve recommended have done their best Brendan Fraser impression and are slowly accepting their irrelevance. (Don’t worry, Brendan. We’ll always have Encino Man. You had me at, “wheez the juice” and “betty nuggs”).
You’re not going to find advice on dropping Peyton Manning, C.J. Anderson or Russell Wilson. We gave you that advice weeks ago to give you a head start on the rest of your league.
Still not sold? Below is a quick rundown of players I have recommended be dropped along with the link to the full column in that week’s headline.
Let’s get down to business!!!
- 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
- Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
- Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
- Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
- Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
- Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
- Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
- Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills
- Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
- Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
- C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
- C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints
- Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
- Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
- Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
- Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
- Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
- Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta Falcons
- Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
- Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
- Mike Wallace, WR, Minnesota Vikings
- Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins
- Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
- Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
- James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Another week of Fantasy Football in 2015 means another devastating injury to Fantasy Football owners. This time it’s Julian Edelman owners who are being invited to join the Injured Reserve Club. Other notable members of this excluse club include owners of Jamaal Charles, Keenan Allen, Jordy Nelson, Arian Foster, Le’Veon Bell and Steve Smith.
If you are friends with someone that has been initiated into Injured Reserve Club and wish to remain friends with that person, there are two rules you need to be aware of. The first rule of Injured Reserve Club is: You do not talk about the Injured Reserve Club. The second rule of the Injured Reserve Club is, You DO NOT talk about the Injured Reserve Club.
Edelman owners, in order to complete your initiation ritual, please repeat the following mantra, as each previous member has done when they first learned of their player’s season ending injury:
(I have no idea if this video is considered work safe or not but I wouldn’t risk it)
Much like that awkward co-worker at the holiday party who suddenly spots you from across the room, the Fantasy Football playoffs are fast approaching. Now is the time to make that bold move to make a jump in the standings or solidify your roster, but before you go out and add Tony Romo, Jay Ajayi, Danny Amendola or the Dirty Sanchise (or is it The Franchez?) Mark Sanchez, make sure you’re feeling good about who to let go of.
(Still shaking your head at what took place during Week 10? Check Joe Bond’s Monday Morning Hangover here)
Week 11 Players to Drop
As always, we’re playing by Talladega Nights rules here folks. If you ain’t first, you’re last!
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Urban Dictionary’s definition of Outkicking Your Coverage is, “To engage in a romantic relationship with a person who is much better looking, and or smarter, and or in a higher socioeconomic class than you. This essentially is a person who is widely considered to be out of your league.”
If you’ve been lucky enough to have experienced an “outkicking your coverage” type situation at some point in your life, then you probably know the rules for how to proceed once it’s begun: You don’t ask questions. You don’t wonder why. You don’t analyze the situation or try to re-create it down the road. You simply smile, say thank you to whoever or whatever it is you believe in and enjoy what the universe has presented to you.
Kirk Cousins against the New Orleans Saints in Week 10 was the Fantasy Football equivalent.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
This recommendation isn’t for every single owner in every league but for those of you in shallow 10 team leagues or those of you in the bottom half of your league standings, you need to do something Eddie Lacy hasn’t been able to do all season, make a move quickly.
Just like the numbers that populate on Eddie Lacy’s bathroom scale, the numbers in the stat sheet are difficult to accept. Over the course of the last five games for the Green Bay Packers, Lacy has rushed for just 78 yards, managed only 36 receiving yards and has only one touchdown to go along with his three fumbles. To make matters more complicated, James Starks is now fully entrenched in, at the very least, a running back by committee situation. After Lacy was a scratch in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, Starks has now taken the lead in percentage of snaps played over Lacy, 55-percent to 43-percent.
The running game in Green Bay is a 2004-2006 Kevin Federline level disaster. Lacy is the type of player, that when healthy, should feast in the red zone (instead of Red Lobster), but a closer look at Green Bay’s red zone offense shows us they rank only 26th in the NFL in percentage of touchdowns scored via the run, with just 17-percent. This offense is revolving around Aaron Rodgers, much like tiny objects have begun revolving around Eddie Lacy’s stomach due to the gravitational pull.
The Packers have a relatively promising schedule ahead of them, as the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys all allow over 110 rushing yards per game. Unfortunately for Fantasy Football owners, the last two games of the Fantasy Football playoffs are against Top 8 teams against the run, the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.
Eddie Lacy is fat.
Brandon Bolden & James White, New England Patriots
Sometimes there’s an obvious solution right in front of you, but pride gets in the way and logic is moved aside. If you’re going to take a shot on a free agent, don’t try something absurd and simply hope it works out. We’ve seen that strategy before …
Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Writing about Golden Tate as a player to drop in Fantasy Football isn’t something that’s coming naturally. The Detroit Lions rank third in the NFL in average pass attempts per game, with 42, and last in the NFL in average rush attempts per game with just 19. The formula for success is there.
Tate’s Week 10 performance against the Green Bay Packers was essentially a mirror image of what you’ve been getting from him all season as he had four receptions on four targets for 52 receiving yards (43 yards coming on one play) and zero touchdowns (Gross).
Golden Tate has just one touchdown on the season and has only eclipsed 60 yards receiving twice. In standard scoring leagues this is more concerning than a Wes Welker comeback attempt. Tate made a name for himself last season by displaying his ability to accumulate yards after the catch, as he finished third in the NFL with 691 yards, roughly 52-percent of his yardage total. This season, the stats suggest Tate is the same player he was during his break out campaign, as evidenced by accumulating roughly the same percentage of his yards after catching the ball, 50-percent.
Tate’s yards per catch has taken a George Lopez career level nosedive from the 13.4 he posted last year. This means there are significant problems in Detroit outside of just Kid Rock. The Lions offensive line struggles have forced Matthew Stafford to get rid of the ball faster, meaning passing plays have less time to develop, meaning shorter routes for players like Golden Tate.
The argument against dropping Tate is the upcoming schedule for the Lions as they face the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers to close out the season, with the St. Louis Rams presenting the only elite level pass defense.
However, this argument is the equivalent of selecting Frog as your favorite animal.
Ted Ginn, Carolina Panthers
I see questions on Twitter every single week from Fantasy Football owners asking about Ted Ginn. Should I start Ted Ginn or Stefon Diggs? Should I start Ted Ginn or Martavis Bryant? Should I start Ted Ginn or Michael Crabtree?
Unless you play in a NFC South only Fantasy Football league, you can safely assume the answer to each one of these questions is, the other guy.
Ginn has breakaway speed and limited competition for targets for the Panthers, both things that are attractive for Fantasy Football owners. Unfortunately, he also has a track record of not being very good. Ginn is technically the top wide receiver on the Panthers, but Cam Newton and the passing game doesn’t produce enough volume to support a viable Fantasy play outside of tight end, Greg Olsen. The tight end position accounts for 34- percent of all receptions on the Panthers, which is currently the second highest in the league.
The Panthers are currently ranked 28th in the NFL in passing yards per game and are rushing the ball at a league high rate of 52-percent, which in turn means they’re passing the ball, a league low, 48 percent of the time. An even closer look shows us that Panthers wide receivers only account for 49 percent of the team’s receptions, which ranks in the bottom seven in the NFL.
Here’s the point. Ginn might give you a good highlight now and again, but he’s not in a reliable situation and combine that with the fact that he’s a boom or bust player to begin with and you’ve got yourself a frustrating situation. You’d have better luck throwing an envelope into the ocean than accurately predicting when Ted Ginn is worth a start.
Honorable Mention: I’m giving these guys another week or so
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Vernon Davis, TE, Denver Broncos
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