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2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List: Eating Crow


First and foremost I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the recent events that took place in Las Vegas and Puerto Rico. If you’re in a position to provide any kind of help, please do whatever you can. Any kind of help can go a long way.

Fantasy owners took some massive hits this weekend, with several players suffering major injuries. Dalvin Cook will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Chris Carson looks to have suffered a broken ankle, and will miss the rest of the season if the early diagnosis is correct. Derek Carr will also miss 2-6 weeks with a minor spine fracture. Ty Montgomery broke “multiple ribs” on Thursday night, while Marcus Mariota is day-to-day with a hamstring injury.

Last Week’s Player Update

I had Cam Newton on the hot seat and he responded with his best game of the season. Adrian Peterson looks completely done, rushing for just four yards on four attempts. Peterson needs to be dropped in all leagues.  John Brown returned from injury and had another mediocre game, catching three passes for 47 yards. Brown was tied for third on the team in targets and will need to fight for volume moving forward. Thomas Rawls was inactive for Week 4, but may be Seattle’s lead RB following Carson’s injury. Austin Hooper had more than two targets for the first time all season, catching 5-of-7 passes for 50 yards. With Atlanta on a Week 5 bye, Hooper isn’t worth adding.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List: Eating Crow

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens

West started the season as the Ravens No.1 RB. Without Danny Woodhead in the picture, West figured to get a heavy workload. The season started well as West produced 80 yards and a TD in Week 1. Since then, the Ravens offense has been exposed as one of the worst in the league. Without much respect for the Raven’s passing game, teams have held West to 3.3 YPC on 37 attempts. The loss of Marshal Yanda was also a massive blow to the Ravens’ running game. His poor performance has led to a decrease in carries, rushing just four times (for -7 yards) in Week 4.

West isn’t much of a pass catcher, so he will rely heavily on goal line chances moving forward. With the Ravens offense in it’s current state, West’s opportunities will be scarce. West also need to compete with Javorius Allen for carries. Allen hasn’t been much more efficient (3.5 YPC) but he brings solid pass catching skills to open up options for Joe Flacco. West also needs to compete with Alex Collins, who has posted back-to-back 82 yard games. Collins isn’t much of a pass catcher either, so he will eat directly in West’s carries.

Poor efficiency and a crowded backfield make West droppable in 12 team leagues. Even if he were to hold off Collins, owners are looking at an inefficient, one-dimensional RB in a committee situation.

Eric Decker, WR, Tennessee Titans

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Long gone are the days when Decker was one of the safest and most consistent WR2’s in Fantasy. After a move to the Titans, Decker has fallen victim to a crowded offense with a run-first philosophy. Decker was targeted eight times in Week 1, but has seen fewer looks in every game since. In Week 4, Decker saw just two targets, catching both for 13 yards.

Decker has looked slow and doesn’t seem to fit in the Titans offense. He is firmly behind Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker for targets. When Corey Davis is healthy, he figures to gain a large chunk of the targets as well. Decker does lead the Tennessee receivers in redzone targets, with five, so there is hope for the occasional TD.

Despite seeing RZ targets, Decker remains a low-floor, low ceiling-option as he will only be Fantasy relevant in the games where he catches a touchdown. With Mariota’s status for Week 5 up in the air, Decker will be a very risky play moving forward with Matt Cassell at the helm.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins

Summer hype almost never pays off. Crowder was a community favourite going into the season. His ranking soared as high as the fourth round in PPR leagues. Through four games, Crowder has performed incredibly poorly. He has scored negative Fantasy points in two of his four games this season. His most recent dud was last night, where caught his only target for -7 yards.

To be fair, Crowder was listed on the injury report with a hamstring issue, which may have hindered his Week 4 performance. However, his performance in Weeks 1-3 don’t give owners much hope for the rest of the season. When healthy, Washington has a lot of weapons that Kirk Cousins can spread the ball to. The emergence of Chris Thompson (who leads the team in targets) has also taken away some of Crowder’s volume.

Crowder should also be looking over his shoulder, as there have been rumblings that 2016 first rounder Josh Doctson could see an increase in targets. Crowder still holds some value in PPR leagues due to a consistent 4-6 catches per game. However, his standard league value is in the tank, as he doesn’t provide enough upside to be worth holding through the Redskins’ Week 5 bye.

Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

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I’m going to go back to the well one more time to pick on the Ravens. Yes, I understand that Tucker is probably the best kicker in football. Yes, I understand that kickers are hard to predict. But what you can predict about kickers is the team they’re attached to, and Tucker is being shackled by the Ravens atrocious offense.

Through four games, Tucker has yet to score double digit Fantasy points. He has attempted six field goals, one fewer than Greg Zuerlein has MADE this season. The key with kickers is to pick those who play for good offenses, so they can capitalize on more opportunities. The Ravens have been unable to give Tucker the opportunity thus far, ranking 30th in yards per game and 31st in points per game.

This will be the one and only time I have a kicker on the drop list, but Tucker is a special case. His performance over the last couple years may be blinding his owners to the fact that he has been a negative asset thus far. If there is a kicker on waivers attached to a better offense, Tucker can be dropped.

On the Hot Seat

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

Another summer hype train gets derailed. Crowell came into the season ranked ridiculously high, ending the pre-season ranked 23rd in Yahoo! leagues. I will admit that on the surface, Crowell’s 2016 numbers look good (952 yards, 4.8 YPC, seven TDs). However, his workload was a consistent problem, as he received 15 or more carries just six times. Hue Jackson said over and over that Crowell would be heavily featured. While that may have been the intent, but it’s not what has happened through four games.

The Crow has been terrible to start the season, averaging just 2.9 YPC on just 11.5 carries per game. Due in part to his inefficient running, the Browns offense can never get going, leading to negative game scripts, and more passing downs. He has yet to break 50 rushing yards in a game this season. Dropping the lead RB for any team is a tough call, but his performance isn’t showing any signs of improving. As BYE weeks start, Crowell is still worth holding as a FLEX option for the time being.

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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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