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2017 Fantasy Football Week 12 Drop List: Off the Hype Train


It finally happened. After all the preseason hype, Samaje Perine is the lead running back in Washington. This week, Chris Thompson fractured his fibula and will be out for the rest of the season. To Perine’s credit, he played well on Sunday, racking up 117 rushing yards and a touchdown. People are talking about Perine being a league winner.

However, I’m not ready to anoint him yet, as his play prior to Week 11 was pretty bad. However, with his expected volume and opportunity there is a chance for him to be the golden ticket moving into the playoffs.

Another bit of interesting news, Alvin Kamara out-snapped Mark Ingram 46-28 this week. The Saints were down big and needed Kamara’s receiving skills. I wouldn’t expect this to be a trend, but the rookie has more than proven that he is a must start moving forward.

The Nathan Peterman experiment was short lived. Starting in place of Tyrod Taylor, Peterman managed to throw five interceptions on 14 pass attempts. Hopefully everyone was reading Tyler Thompson’s weekly Stream-o-Matic articles and knew to start the Chargers defense. The Bills will play the Chiefs next and if Peterman inexplicably gets another start, Kansas City will be the undisputed top defense.

Let’s see how I did last week.

Last Week’s Player Update

Danny Amendola proved me wrong in a big way. Facing off against the Raiders in Mexico City, Amendola caught 8-of-9 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. He led the team in catches and was second behind Brandin Cooks in receiving yards. I’d still be wary of starting Amendola, but I’m about done trying to predict the Pats target distribution.

Of course Tarik Cohen would have his best day since Week 1 after I suggest dropping him. He rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 15 yards. His volume will continue to be volatile, but if owners in PPR leagues need help, he will have games like this. Good luck predicting when.

Cameron Brate continued to struggle with Ryan Fitzpatrick behind center, catching just one pass for 12 yards on Sunday. Week 11 was his third straight one reception game. Brate’s volume has gone down the tube and he is barely a streamer option at this point.

Jordy Nelson continued to struggle without Aaron Rodgers. The former WR1 caught just two passes for 21 yards, and was once again behind Davante Adams for targets. If your trade deadline has passed, Nelson is a good candidate to drop if immediate help is needed.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 12 Drop List

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers

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Henry isn’t on the drop list for anything that he is doing wrong. But the 70% of owners (in Yahoo! leagues) who still have him on the roster need to let go. The Chargers depth chart is just too deep to support Henry as a consistent option. Henry needs to compete with Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams and the ever present Antonio GatesMelvin Gordon will take around 20 touches per game as well.

Through 10 games, Henry ranks fourth among Chargers players with 39 targets, one ahead of Travis Benjamin. He now has to compete with emerging RB Austin Ekeler who has drawn the same number of targets as Henry over the past two weeks.

Over the last three weeks, Henry has caught just five passes for 43 yards. Things won’t get easier as Philip Rivers likes to spread the ball around and Henry’s targets will continue to be inconsistent. With so many weapons around him, Henry can’t be started until he becomes a consistent part of the Charger’s game plan

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

Benjamin is an unfortunate casualty of team circumstance. I was never a fan of his talent, but I understood that his size and red zone prowess made him a decent WR3 in Carolina. Now that Benjamin has been traded to the Bills, I see no real reason to hold onto him. Having Taylor or Peterman as your QB isn’t great for Fantasy purposes.

To make matters worse, Benjamin suffered a knee injury this week. Although he avoided ACL damage, there is a good chance he will be held out of Week 12. If he does play, he will be limited be the knee issue and a horrid offense.

Ed Dickson, TE, Carolina Panthers

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Dickson has a nice little run while Greg Olsen was out with a broken foot. However, the veteran tight end plans to return for a Week 12 matchup with the Jets. Despite being a solid, but unspectacular option as the Panthers’ starting tight end.

With Olsen back in the lineup, Dickson will go back to his backup/blocking role. If he plays, Olsen will immediately become Cam Newton‘s most consistent target. Dickson might get a target here and there, but he’s not worth owning in any league moving forward.

Seattle Seahawks, Defense

The Seahawks have been a serviceable defense all year, but may be in for some hard times with Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor out for the season. The Seahawks ranked 7th in DVOA against the pass before the injuries. There’s no long term indication of how they will fare without their defensive stars, but their Week 11 performance against the Falcons wasn’t a great start.

After their Week 12 matchup against the 49ers, the Seahawks schedule looks tough for Fantasy purposes. They will face the Eagles, Jags, Rams, and Cowboys between Week 13 and 16. Each team ranks in the bottom 10 in points surrendered to opposing defenses. With the playoffs looming, grabbing a team with a good playoff schedule is key.

Current owners can hold them for their matchup against the Niners, but if a defense with a better ROS schedule is available for Week 12 and beyond (Bengals, Steelers, Redskins, Eagles) I would make the switch early.

On the Hot Seat

James White, RB, New England Patriots

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I said I was ABOUT done with the Pats, but I’ll do one more for luck. White was looking like the exception to the “avoid New England’s backfield” rule early in the season. He had carved out a consistent role as the team’s passing down back and was producing excellent PPR value all year. Following the Patriots bye week, White has seen a sharp drop in touches. He has seen just four targets in two games and looks to be behind Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead.

Burkhead did fumble on Sunday, so I would wait before dropping White. For all we know he could get nine targets while Burkhead gets benched. If White spends another week as the third backfield option, it would be time to make the drop.

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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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  1. Fantasy Filter

    November 21, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Great stuff, really appreciate the timing of this article and how easy it is to read. Posting on my fantasy football news curation site now.

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