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2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List: Kryptonite

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Praise the Lord! Week 3 finally provided football fans with a slate of exciting games that was missing through the first two Weeks. Tom Brady needed a last-second comeback to beat the Texans. While the Eagles got a game-winning 61-yard field goal from rookie Jake Elliott. Two other games went to OT while the Rams took care of the 49ers in a spectacular high scoring game.

Three weeks in and we’re starting to figure out what performances are outliers and which are trends. For example, after three good weeks is it still fair to say Chris Thompson is getting lucky? The Redskins’ passing back has been electric thus far, totaling 350 yards on limited touches. Similar to Tarik Cohen, Thompson has a defined role and won’t need to worry about whoever Washington is using as their main RB because their roles don’t really overlap. Similarly, Wendell Smallwood is an intriguing pickup with Darren Sproles out for the season with a torn ACL and broken arm. With LeGarrette Blount’s limited by his skill set, Smallwood’s versatility will help him stay on the field.

Last week, I had Ted Ginn Jr. on the hot seat. He responded with 44 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ won over the Panthers. With Willie Snead returning from suspension, Ginn will receive fewer targets and will be a boom or bust flex at best most weeks. Blount scored a TD but was out-snapped by Smallwood and will be a TD dependent player all season long. Blake Bortles surprised everyone by destroying the Ravens, but I would not be rushing to add him. Mike Wallace and Jordan Matthews remain in run first offenses with little upside.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List

Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints

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Through three games, Peterson has looked completely cooked. The former MVP has just 77 yards through three weeks, averaging just 3.3 yards per attempt. He is in the midst of a backfield committee with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. At this stage in their careers, Ingram looks like the much better running back and Kamara is a much more useful weapon in the passing game.

Having to split carries with two other backs in taking away most of Peterson’s opportunities. Through three games, Peterson has garnered just 23 carries. As mentioned earlier, he’s not doing much with those carries, averaging more than one fewer yards per carry than Ingram, and two fewer yards than Kamara. With the pass-happy nature of the Saints offense, Peterson will won’t have the chance to receive the 20 carries he was used to in his heyday. He still can’t (or refuses) to pass block or catch passes which will limit his snaps moving forward.

The Saints offense doesn’t look good with him in the backfield and it looks like he’ll be phased out sooner than later. There’s not much upside left with Peterson and he should be dropped in all leagues.

John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Brown has been a Fantasy community favorite for a couple of years. his 1,003 yard 2015 season gave owners hope that Brown would be the heir apparent to Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona. It hasn’t gone so well in the last two years. In 2016, Brown caught just 39 passes for just 517 yards. He played the same number of game he did in 2015 but saw significantly fewer targets.

This season, Brown started the season with a dud, hauling in four passes for just 32 yards in Week 1. That would be all for Brown this season, as he has been held out the last two weeks due to a quad injury. Brown wasn’t even close to playing, as he didn’t practice all week. When he returns, he will need to compete for the WR2 spot with J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown, who have contributed in his absence.

For a receiver that relies so much on speed, I see Brown needing a couple of games to get into rhythm before he can be a consistent contributor. Brown can safely be dropped if there are healthy, more consistent options available on the waiver wire.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

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Ouch. So much for Rawls having a bounce back year. After suffering a broken ankle last year, Rawls was set to return as Seattle’s starting RB. Despite the signing of Eddie Lacy, Rawls made it through camp with the starting job. Unfortunately, he suffered a foot injury late in camp, and ending up missing Week 1. Seemingly, Rawls has lost his starting job, as rookie Chris Carson has thrived as the feature back. Carson out-snapped Rawls 51-16 in Week 2, and 41-1 in Week 3.

Being injury prone caught up to Rawls, and he needs to earn every carry moving forward. It will be incredibly tough, as Carson has given Pete Carroll any reason to decrease his workload. As a result, Rawls has been relegated to the backup RB spot.

If he does earn the starting job back, he will still share carries with Carson and C.J. Prosise. Not to mention he will still have to deal with Seattle’s awful offensive line.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons

Hooper probably won a lot of Week 1 matchups for his owners, as he totaled 128 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. He would then go on to lose his owners’ Week 2 and 3 matchups, catching a combined three passes for 16 yards. While his Week 1 performance was impressive, 88 of the yards came on a long touchdown pass with broken coverage.

The biggest problem for Hooper thus far has been opportunity. Despite playing in one of the best offenses in the league, he has drawn just six targets from Matt Ryan in his three games. He is a tight end with talent and plays heavy snaps, but not a main target in the crowded Falcons offense. No better than the sixth passing option, Hooper does not receive nearly enough targets to be a useful contributor.

At best, Hooper is a streaming option when the Falcons play a weak defense. Owners who chased his Week 1 point total should look for more consistent options on wire.

On the Hot Seat

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Newton has been awful to start 2017. His most recent effort, a dream matchup against the Saints, was a disaster. Newton completed 17-of-26 passes for 167 yards and three interceptions; his day somewhat salvaged due to a rushing touchdown. He was wildly inaccurate with his throws, and did not look confident as a passer. It’s clear that Cam has not fully recovered from off-season shoulder surgery.

It’s tough to drop a recent MVP just three games into a new season. However, the Panthers offense looks terrible, and Cam does not look anything like the player who led his team to the Superbowl two years ago. I’d hate to think that all the punishment taken over the years has finally taken it’s toll on him. Newton’s Fantasy owners should strongly consider benching Newton for his Week 4 game against the Patriots. This is the last straw for Newton, as he’ll go up against a Pats defense that was picked apart by DeShaun Watson. If he can’t perform well in this spot (or at home against New Orleans) where else can you trust him?


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About Jonathan Chan

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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