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2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List: Garbage Time

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For the second week in a row, football fans were left wanting more after a slew of uneventful games. Once again, the Bengals, Giants, 49ers and Seahawks showed everyone how truly terrible football can be. Updating an observation from last week, I can say that Eli Manning still looks lost. Even with Odell Beckham Jr. on the field, the Giants look like one of the worst offenses in the league.

Week 2 was a really bad week for tight ends in regards to injuries. Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Reed and Rob Gronkowski all went down with various injuries. Seeing Reed and Gronk on the list isn’t a surprise, although both have said they’ll be fine. Olsen was diagnosed with a broken foot and will be out for 6-8 weeks. He’s worth holding in leagues with an IR spot, but it’s tough to justify using a bench spot on an injured tight end with 28 yards through two games. Depending on league size and waiver wire options, dropping him wouldn’t be the worst option.

Another key takeaway from Week 2 is that Kareem Hunt is for real. Going up against a tough Eagles front did not phase him, as he ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He will continue to see plenty of opportunities and is a bonafide RB1 moving forward. I envy those who got to draft him before Spencer Ware‘s injury.

As the season unfolds, it becomes easier to make drop decisions. Here’s who should be sent to the wire after Week 2.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List

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Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

As one of the few people that believed in Bortles (for Fantasy purposes) it sucks that I have to put him on the cut list so early in the season. If you drafted Bortles, the hope was that he would keep playing well enough in garbage time to make himself a useful Fantasy QB. He’s still got the garbage time locked down, but his performance outside of garbage time has been downright ugly:

Bortles has looked indecisive and inaccurate in both games this season. He’s completing a career low 56.9% of his passes while averaging just 174 passing yard per game. He seems to be regressing and things won’t improve any time soon. With Leonard Fournette in the fold, and Allen Robinson out for the season, Bortles opportunity to throw garbage time TD passes has dwindled. It’s time to lower your Bortles and move on to a different QB streamer.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills

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It seems like so long ago that Matthews was a subject of hype for his rookie season. A few drop filled seasons later, Matthews finds himself as the fourth passing option on the Bills. Targeted as a mid-round flier, owners were hoping that the lack of experience in the Bills WR corps would allow Matthews to emerge as the No. 1. Through two games it hasn’t worked out as expected.

The Bills continue an extreme run-based offense, feeding LeSean McCoy at every possible opportunity. Among teams that have played two games, the Bills have attempted the second fewest number of passes, with just 53. As a result, Matthews has seen just six total targets this season. This puts him fourth on the team behind McCoy, Charles Clay, and Zay Jones.

He has managed to turn his six targets into 91 yards, which leads the team. However, more than half of those yards came on a single play against the Jets’ awful secondary. While he might pull ahead of Jones on the depth chart, he will likely remain behind Clay and McCoy in targets. A receiver in a run-heavy offense and few targets is not an inviting option in most leagues and is safe to drop.

LaGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Blount’s 2016 season with the Patriots represented his absolute ceiling and he was given a chance to resume the same role this year with the Eagles. One problem, the Eagles don’t have Tom Brady. Blount made his living in New England as the goal line clean up crew, racking up 18 touchdowns last season. The move to a significantly worse offense took an immediate hit to Blount’s scoring potential; the Eagles average less than half of the red zone scoring chances the Patriots have this season.

Outside of red zone opportunities, the Eagles’ scheme just doesn’t seem a good fit for Blount. Their shotgun heavy playbook doesn’t allow Blount to build the momentum he needs to drive into the trenches. As a result, he saw just six total snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs.

Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles seem to fit much better into the scheme that Doug Pederson wants to run. Unless Blount scores a touchdown he won’t put up useful numbers on any given week. The Eagles next game is against the Giants’ stout run defense, where Blount won’t find much room to run. He is safe to drop in shallower leagues and leagues where Chris Carson is available. On the bright side, he has his priorities straight.

Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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Wallace had a resurgence last season as he posted over 1000 receiving yards for the first time since 2011. Being Joe Flacco‘s most targeted receiver let Wallace run wild like he was back in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately this season has been a different story; Wallace has just 15 yards through two games.

Much like the Bills, the Ravens are looking to establish a heavier run game this season. With a new game plan in place, there hasn’t been much room for Wallace thus far. Jeremy Maclin and Breshad Perriman are ahead of Wallace on the WR depth chart. Many of Flacco’s pass attempts are also being thrown to the TE or RB instead of down the field.

Even if Wallace were to re-establish himself, he wouldn’t be much more than a boom/bust FLEX at best. Owners should drop the veteran for someone with higher upside.

On the Hot Seat

A new section that I’ll be adding to the drop list. Players in this section aren’t worth dropping yet, but their performances are worth monitoring closely moving forward.

Ted Ginn Jr., WR, New Orleans Saints

Ginn had every opportunity to start this season with a bang. Playing as the No.2 receiver for Drew Brees in a prolific offense should have resulted in one workable performance. Unfortunately, Ginn has produced duds in both games, most recently mustering 24 yards against the Pats in Week 2. With Willie Snead returning in Week 4, Ginn has one more game to prove he belongs on Fantasy rosters. He’ll have his chance against a Panthers secondary – a unit not yet tested against a competent offense.


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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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