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2017 Fantasy Football Week 10 Drop List: Drop DMC


I can’t be the only one who’s tired of Ezekiel Elliott. Can we just get the suspension over with so I can stop hearing about it? The only silver lining is that my FAAB bids for Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden did not go through. It looks like this saga might drag on to next season, but who knows anymore.

On a brighter note, great news out of Chicago on Monday, where Zach Miller was released from the hospital on Monday. His career might very well be over, but I can’t get over how quickly the prognosis turned around for him.

For those of you following the official Josh Gordon news updates: He is expected to report to the Browns facility today, with an eye towards playing in Week 13 against the Chargers. Last season, the Browns only win came against the Chargers, so naturally LA fans are quaking at the thought that it could happen again. If you need any more reason to be happy for the guy getting his life back together, here is an interview Gordon did with GQ. Memes aside, I’m rooting for him to get back on the field and showcase his elite talent once again.

Last Week’s Player Update

The four players I had on the Drop List last week combined for negative two points. A banner week for yours truly. Mike Gillislee had a bye week, so we can give him a pass for now. Trevor Siemian was benched in favor of Brock Osweiler. Yes, you read that correctly. Siemian has a ways to go to before he returns to fantasy relevance. Andrew Luck was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Hopefully we’ll see him healthy in 2018.

Last and certainly least, we get to Willie Snead. The Saints receiver only played 18 snaps, drawing zero targets. However, he manged to fumble on his only punt return opportunity, racking up a solid -2 fantasy points for the day. He is firmly behind Ted Ginn on the depth chart and should be dropped immediately.

Christian McCaffrey had his best game of the season, rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown. He also added five catches for 28 yards. He’s off the hot seat for now.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 10 Drop List

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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When Allen Robinson went down in Week 1, Hurns had a golden opportunity to take over as the main weapon for the Jaguars. He has not seized the chance, and has fallen behind Marqise Lee for in the race for targets. In eight games this season, Hurns has just caught just 29 passes for 376 yards. He is averaging just over five targets and just under 50 yards per game. These numbers are what should be expected from Hurns moving forward.

The Jaguars are a run first offense because of the immediate need to hide Bortles’ deficiencies. With Leonard Fournette in the backfield, there are only so many passes to go around. Rookie Dede Westbrook will be activated from the IR and play in Week 10. In three pre-season games, Westbrook caught 13 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. With Westbrook playing, Hurns will see his already limited target share decrease even further. Hurns owners should be looking for higher upside options on the waiver wire.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Lacy saw a spike in ownership prior to Week 9. Pete Carroll made the declaration that Lacy would be first in line for touches in the Seahawks muddied backfield and the adds followed. Against the Redskins, Lacy took six carries for 20 yards before exiting with a groin injury. He did not return to the game and is questionable for Week 10 against the Cardinals.

Despite playing a big role for Seattle, Lacy was unable to be efficient with his carries. Sadly, his 3.3 YPC average on Sunday was his second best mark of the season. Behind the Seahawks poor run blocking O-line, I wouldn’t hold my breath for much improvement. Lacy is also having trouble staying healthy, leaving a game for the second time this season. Groin injuries can be especially tricky and may effect Lacy’s speed and agility if he’s not fully healthy.

Owning (and starting) Lacy is an extremely risky practice. Even if healthy, he has to compete with Thomas Rawls for carries. Lacy will be a volatile, low-ceiling option for the rest of the season.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

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Some people may think I’m jumping the gun a bit, but I’m taking a proactive approach with Cobb. His season is sliding off the rails and will not improve while Brett Hundley is starting. His receptions have steadily dropped since Week 1, bottoming out at two in Week 8, before rebounding to five last night against the Lions. The yardage total is deceiving, as 46 of his 58 yards came on one screen pass.

Hundley hasn’t shown the ability to spread the ball around enough to keep Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Cobb fantasy relevant. As we saw in Week 8, the Packers passing game will struggle under Hundley. As the no.3 receiver on the team, Cobb will need to fight tooth and nail for targets.

Cobb’s best days are behind him and owners should not hang on to his name brand value. With Aaron Rodgers out, Cobb should be on the waiver wire.

Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys

I’m sure there are thousands of owners out there who spent their No.1 waiver priority or 20% FAAB bids to acquire DMC once the Zeke suspension was handed out. It looks like it was all for nothing as Elliott was once again granted a leave from his suspension. At this point no one really knows what will happen with the suspension.

If Elliott is eventually suspended, the Cowboys backfield will devolve into a full blown committee between DMC, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith. Based on reports throughout the week, it seemed like Morris was the favorite to lead the charge. It also looked like Smith may have been second on the depth chart, as he was seen taking handoffs with the second team, while McFadden was taking handoffs from the third string QB.

If Elliott’s suspension does stick, McFadden will end up part of a muddy RBBC and would be an extremely risky play every week.

On the Hot Seat

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Winston is once again suffering from an injury. This time, the shoulder injury will cost him at least two weeks, at which point he will be reevaluated. Outside of a couple of outstanding performances, Winston has disappointed his owners this season. Injury issues have held him back, as he has failed to finish two of the last four games.

It seems that the team may be in full tank mode by the time Winston is healthy enough to play. Based on the Andrew Luck situation, it would not be a surprise to see the Bucs be extra cautious with this injury. Owners fighting for a playoff spot can make the judgement call and drop Winston if a replacement is needed.

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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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