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2017 Fantasy Football Week 13 Drop List: Into the Sunset

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If you’re reading this, it means I managed to get through Week 12 without dying of a hype overdose. Week 13 might be a different story. After a tumultuous two year journey, Josh Gordon will play in the Browns Week 13 game against the Chargers. Not only will he be playing, Hue Jackson will use Gordon as much as he can.

Even without my rose coloured glasses, Gordon needs added in all leagues. There is just too much upside to pass up. Gordon hitting the field makes me especially happy, as our esteemed Football Content Manager, Richard Savill, now owes me a beer. My head says he will be limited this week, but my heart says I should bench the Chargers defense just in case. You probably shouldn’t do that.

As if Kareem Hunt owners needed any more salt in the wound. Since Week 3, elite runner Blake Bortles has more rushing touchdowns than the Chiefs rookie. The difference in his Week 1 and Week 12 carry charts (below) is depressing. The early season breakout star is looking more like a liability going into the Fantasy playoffs.

Last Week’s Player Update

Hunter Henry took advantage of the Cowboys soft defense, catching five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. This one is on me. I should have seen it coming as soon as Sean Lee was ruled out. He will have good games this season but they will be tough to predict moving forward, especially with Keenan Allen being a target hog again.

Kelvin Benjamin was ruled out for Sunday and beyond because of a torn meniscus. He likely misses the rest of the season and is a droppable player in all leagues.

Ed Dickson took a back seat with Greg Olsen back in the lineup. Unfortunately, Olsen aggravated his foot injury and missed the second half of Sunday’s game. Dickson is not someone you should rush to the wire for, but it is a situation to keep an eye on.

Seattle had a decent performance against the 49ers but I would still drop them because their upcoming schedule (Phi, @Jax, LAR) are quite tough.

James White is officially the third wheel in the Patriots backfield, seeing just three carries and one reception against the Dolphins. Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead will get the majority of the work moving forward, so drop White.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 13 Drop List: Into the Sunset

Corey Davis, WR, Tennesee Titans

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Who else is still waiting on that breakout game? Since his return to the lineup in Week 8, owners have been clamoring for Davis to have a big game. The longer we see the Titans offense in action, the less likely the breakout seems. In four games since his return, Davis is averaging 3.3 catches and 35.5 receiving yards per game. He is third on the team in targets per game at 6.5, but can’t seem to turn the volume into production.

This past week, Davis saw his snap count drop, despite Rishard Matthews being out. Davis saw 72% of the snaps in Week 12 which is the lowest snap count he has seen since returning four weeks ago. Against a poor Colts secondary, Davis saw just four targets. Eric Decker saw a higher snap percentage than Davis (83 percent) and Matthews will likely see more snaps upon his return as well.

The Titans’ offense is not good, as the offensive line and running game have regressed. Marcus Mariota is having trouble making throws and hasn’t looked good at any point this season. Davis has the potential to be a great Fantasy asset in the future, but the production likely won’t start until next season.

Damien Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins

Williams and Kenyan Drake were forming one of the more frustrating committees in the league. That will no longer be an issue, as Williams will miss time with a dislocated shoulder. He is expected to miss this week’s game against Denver and may be looking at a multi-week absence.

Filling in for the traded Jay Ajayi, Williams racked up 4.38 YPC on 38 attempts. However, his upside was capped due to the carry split with Drake. Now that Williams is out, Drake will have ample opportunity to take full control of the backfield.

Williams hasn’t the upside to warrant being held through injury. Owners in both standard and PPR leagues can safely drop him.

Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

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Another hype job that owners, including myself, fell for this pre-season. With Jay Cutler under center, Parker was thought as a candidate for a huge season. His workload has been great as he has received eight or more targets in six games this season. We can consider one game a wash, as he left early due to injury.

Despite a peppering of targets, Parker scored only once this season. As evidenced by his one catch, five yard performance in Week 12, he also has a dangerously low floor to go along with his seemingly capped ceiling. Now there is speculation that Parker is playing injured as well.

New starting quarterback Matt Moore has a better rapport with Kenny Stills than he does with Parker. If Cutler can’t play in Week 13, Parker could see another low target game. In any case, Parker is facing off against the Broncos (sans Aqib Talib) in Week 13, and is a risky start in all leagues. If you’re an owner who absolutely needs production this week, drop him with confidence.

 Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

At this point, everyone should know that Witten is no longer a reliable fantasy asset. He is about as inconsistent as a player can be. Through 11 games, Witten has five games with over 50 yards, but four games where he has failed to reach 10 yards.

Since the Ezekiel Elliott  suspension took effect, the Cowboys offense has been horrific; scoring under 10 points in three straight games. Dak Prescott has been running for his life and the running game has come to a halt. With the offense moving the way it is, Witten will eventually need to move into a more blocking role to help protect his young QB. When he does run routes, expect very short checkdowns, as evidenced by his 6.3 YPC average in Week 12.

Until Witten and the Dallas offense prove they can move the ball without Zeke in the lineup, consider them all unreliable. Witten is a low floor, low ceiling tight end option until something changes in Dallas.

On the Hot Seat

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

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Once again, Anderson starts off the year on a tear and slowly fades away as the season moves on. Since the Broncos Week 5 bye, Anderson has just one TD and rushed for more than 50 yards only once.

The offensive situation is a big enough problem for Anderson, but he is also dealing with a decreasing snap percentage as the season moves on. From Weeks 8-11, Anderson’s snap counts read: 35, 23, 24, 29. During the same span Devontae Booker has seen his snap counts increase as follows: 25, 22, 23, 48. Anderson gets very little work in the passing game and Booker seems to take over the snaps as the game goes on.

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Head Coach Vance Joseph has spoken very highly of Booker and it’s looking like he is slowly taking over the majority of snaps. Until the picture becomes clearer, Anderson should stay on the bench.


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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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