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2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List: Shed the Fat

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Juicy news of the week isn’t an injury, but a disgruntled receiver out in Pittsburgh. Martavis Bryant has not been happy with his role this season and has made that point very clear. After confirming his trade request, Bryant made some disparaging comments on Twitter (see below) about teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Clearly, Bryant is unhappy with his current workload and fans’ perception of his ability.

His concerns have merit, as he was targeted just five times in the last two games. On Monday, he skipped the mandatory team meetings. Teammates said he “called in sick”, but let’s not kid ourselves. If the Steelers are inclined to trade Bryant, he could once again become a useful Fantasy asset.

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Tyrell Williams simply doesn’t have the workload to produce useful numbers. On Sunday he caught his only target for 11 yards. The only reason he should be on rosters is for Keenan Allen insurance.

Latavius Murray had a massive game against the Ravens, rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown. He saw four more carries that Jerick McKinnon and made the most of them. The Murray/McKinnon situation reminds me of the Patriots backfield last season. If the Vikings have a lead, Murray will play the Blount role and get more carries. If the Vikings are behind, Mckinnon will get much more work as the passing down running back.

Martellus Bennett continued to struggle, catching just two passes for 17 yards. Brett Hundley was as awful a expected, and Bennett can be dropped.

Andre Ellington did not play due to a quad injury, so he can stay dropped as well.

Finally we come to Matt Ryan. Against the league’s worst pass defense, he only managed to muster 233 yards and one touchdown. The Falcons offense has looked awful under Steve Sarkisian and everyone in the passing game is struggling. Stream away.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins

The Redskins’ big offseason signing has not had the season that many people envisioned. Through six games, Pryor has only surpassed 30 receiving yards twice. After seeing 11 targets in Week 1, Pryor hasn’t seen more than five in any game since. Opportunity was slim for the former QB in a crowded Washington offense.

Things have gotten much worse for Pryor, as he did not start the game in Week 7. Second-year wide receiver Josh Doctson seems to have taken his place as the starting “X” receiver. Jay Gruden said that Doctson was drafted to be the No.1 wide receiver and will be given that opportunity. Pryor can be dropped in standard 12 team leagues.

Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins

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Kelley was one of my sleepers going into the season. He was the lead back in a good offense. Rookie Samaje Perine did not impress in camp, and there was no immediate threat to his early down work. However, Kelley has not taken advantage of his opportunity. Despite being the main early-down running back, Kelley has yet to surpass 12 carries in a game. He has also missed two games with various injuries.

When he does play, Kelley looks every bit the slow, plodding running back you envision when a guy’s nickname is “Fat Rob”. He has averaged under 3.5 YPC in three of his four games this season and has yet to score a touchdown.

Moving forward, Kelley will continue to struggle with workload. The Redskins rank near the bottom of the league in rushing attempts, and neither of their early down backs are giving them a reason to change that. Chris Thompson has emerged as the running back to own in Washington due to his play-making ability on the ground and in the passing game. Unless the Redskins have a lead to protect, expect Kelley to continue struggling.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans

I really couldn’t decide if I wanted to put Matthews or Delanie Walker in this spot. Both Titans have been inconsistent all season, due to the struggles of the Tennessee offense as a whole. I put Matthews here because although he has been the most targeted player on the team, but hasn’t turned it into production. Through seven games, Matthews has just three games where he has more than three receptions.

The Titans will have their bye in Week 8, meaning owners will need to use a bench spot on Matthews to hold him. When Week 9 rolls around, Matthews will likely need to compete for targets with Corey Davis, who has been out since Week 2. In Week 1, Davis saw 10 targets and looked like the go-to receiver for Marcus Mariota. If healthy, Davis will take a huge target share from Matthews, taking away the one thing he had going for him.

Owners with the bench space to wait and see should do so, but owners in a bye week crunch should consider Matthews to be the one to drop.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams

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In years past, Watkin’s problem was staying healthy. Now that he has been able to stay healthy, his problem is production. Watkins has played a full slate of games for the Rams, but has produced useful Fantasy numbers just once in his seven games. With the exception of Week 3, Watkins has been consistently absent from the Rams’ gameplan.

Despite massive improvements, Jared Goff still does not have a great deep ball. With Watkins running the deep routes as part of Sean McVay’s offense, he is often the second or third read when Goff goes through his progressions. Without the volume to maintain a decent floor, Watkins has become a boom-bust wide receiver who will score 90% of his Fantasy points on his owner’s bench.

Watkins will not become the focal point of the Rams offense overnight. So owners counting on his talent to break out, may need to wait until Goff can make another leap in his development.

On the Hot Seat

Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers

Talk about losing your job to injury. After hurting his ribs a few weeks ago, Ty Mont has all but lost his job to Aaron Jones. In Week 7, Montgomery was out snapped 44-to-7, and was out-touched 20-to-5. After a great start to the season, Montgomery has seemingly been replaced by a far superior, traditional running back.

With Hundley at the helm for the Packers, Montgomery still figures to see a good bit of action. However, if the snap count doesn’t shift back to an even split in Week 8, Montgomery will be a prime drop candidate.


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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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