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2017 Fantasy Football Week 14 Drop List: Saviour of The Universe


Owners had to wait over two seasons for Josh Gordon to return, as Week 13 marked his first game since December 21st, 2014. The Fantasy hype would have you believing that Gordon was due for a monster performance. While he didn’t post his classic 200 yards, he did catch four passes for 85 yards. He looked very solid against Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 rated cornerback, Casey Hayward.

Gordon’s first game back had plenty of positives. Above all, Gordon saw a peppering of targets from the start – seeing 11 in the game. He may have had a touchdown or two, if not for a couple of poorly placed passes from Deshone Kizer. His return has shaken the makeup of the Browns offense, and it means big changes for teammate Corey Coleman. If you need any more reason to get hype, I will leave you with this little tidbit of information:

Roll on Gordon truthers. Roll on.

Last Week’s Player Update

Corey Davis was a small part of the Titans‘ offense once again, catching 2-of-4 targets for just 12 yards. Marcus Mariota isn’t doing much through the air and moving forward Davis is not a player to count on .

Damien Williams was inactive due to his shoulder injury. Kenyan Drake took full advantage of the opportunity, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. All logic says that Drake should be the main guy even when Williams returns.

Devante Parker was awful once again, catching just one pass for five yards. Even on a day where the Dolphins scored 35 points, Parker couldn’t get anything going.

Classic Jason Witten. He caught only one pass for eight yards, but it happened to be in the end zone. The touchdown was nice for owners, but you can’t rely on someone who managed fewer than 10 yards for the fifth time this season.

After a few perilous weeks, C.J. Anderson regained the majority of the touches in Denver. In a blowout loss to Miami, Anderson handled 15 carries and caught four passes, while Devontae Booker got just three touches. Don’t rush to trust CJA again, as Booker limited by the flu. I wouldn’t want to be the person trusting Anderson moving into the playoffs.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 14 Drop List

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

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Sanders is by far the biggest casualty of the Broncos offensive woes. This season, Sanders averaging the fewest targets, receptions, and yards per catch of his Broncos career. He struggled with an ankle injury early this season, missing Weeks 7 and 8, while limited in a couple other games. Although fully healthy now, the production hasn’t followed.

Over the last three weeks Sanders has caught just seven passes for 38 yards. The Denver offense is in shambles and will not improve anytime soon. You know it’s bad when some Bronco fans wanted Brock Osweiler to replace Trevor Siemian on Sunday. Yes, a part of the fanbase WANTED Brock to play.

I understand that dropping Sanders might seem crazy, but think about this. If you keep him, do you have enough confidence to start him in your playoff matchup? The playoffs aren’t the time to be waiting for a terrible offense to come around. I myself dropped Sanders to add a second defense to maximize my playoff matchups. If it backfires, I’ll be in the pit of despair with you guys.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets

ASJ was one of my sleepers going into the season. I believed he would establish himself as one of the main weapons for the Jets. For a brief period, he became their main red zone threat, catching a touchdown in three straight games. After that stretch, he has gone five straight games without a TD.

His involvement in the offense remains unpredictable, as his targets have fluctuated up and down over the last four weeks (2, 9, 7 and 3). The Jets offense is doing just fine without him, as Jermaine Kearse and Robbie Anderson have established themselves as the main receiving weapons.

Moving into the Fantasy playoffs, ASJ is not someone that owners should trust to get them to the next round. Cameron Brate, provides a good alternate option now that Jameis Winston is back.

Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns

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A few weeks ago, I was all over Coleman as a decent FLEX option. He was the number one receiving weapon for the Browns and had a string of solid games before and after his injury. Now all of a sudden, Coleman’s outlook is trending significantly for the worse.

Without Gordon, Coleman saw over 90 percent of the offensive snaps. In Week 13, Coleman’s snap count and targets both took a dive. His snap count stayed at a healthy 89 percent, however, he saw just four targets. That total was a surprise to me. Coleman became a clear afterthought in the Browns offense. It felt like he only had one or two, tops.

His down week could be due to the Chargers defense. It might be because the Browns made a point to get Gordon and David Njoku involved. On the other hand, it might be because the No. 2 wide receiver on the worst team in the league isn’t a good source of Fantasy points. Until the Browns offense sorts itself out, Coleman isn’t someone that owners should trust moving into the playoffs.

Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers

Montgomery hasn’t been a reliable Fantasy asset since Week 2 and it’s time to send him to the waiver wire. All the concerns about his durability were correct, as he has struggled with injury most of the season. After undergoing wrist surgery last week, Montgomery went on IR and now out the rest of the season.

Montgomery is droppable in all leagues. Even owners in keeper leagues will need to evaluate their options, as Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have established themselves as useful weapons as well.

On the Hot Seat

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

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For the first time in his career, Abdullah has full control of the Lion’s early down work. He does give up most of the passing down work to Theo Riddick, but he still has the highest snap percentage among Lions running backs. Despite receiving the heaviest workload of his career, Abdullah has floundered. He is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and has just three rushing touchdowns on the season.

The Lion’s offensive line is below average as a run-blocking unit. As a result, Detroit passes the ball nearly 63% of the time. With such a pass-oriented offense, Abdullah often finds himself without enough volume to contribute. His weekly rank has depended almost entirely on him scoring a touchdown.

Abdullah missed Week 13 with a neck injury and there has not been any update on his condition. He’s not a sure-fire drop candidate yet, as he is still a starting running back. However, he will only have low-end FLEX value when he plays.

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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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