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2017 Fantasy Football Week 6 Drop List: Big Bust


I feel like a broken record this season. Each weekly recap starts off with news of a season ending injury. This week is especially painful, as Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the rest of the season due to a broken ankle. OBJ will undergo surgery this week and hopes to be ready for Week 1 next season.

The Giants also lost Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard to lower body injuries. Marshall suffered what was initially thought a sprained ankle, and will require season-ending surgery. Shepard suffered an ankle injury similar to the one he suffered in pre-season and currently lists as doubtful for Week 6. The Giants will now be looking to sign a WR off the practice squad to start against the Broncos. Save for Evan Engram, I do not want any part of this offense for the foreseeable future.

Several other receivers in Week 5 met with injuries. Jordy Nelson and Devante Parker left their respective games and are questionable for next week. Charles Clay will miss several weeks with a torn meniscus. Hopefully the injuries in Week 6 will be few and far between.

Last Week’s Player Update

Terrance West didn’t do anything to regain the lead role in the Raven’s backfield; only just two carries. He looks to be firmly entrenched behind Buck Allen and Alex CollinsEric Decker had another poor performance; catching four passes for 34 yards. I can’t blame him too much with Matt Cassell at quarterback, but he won’t improve much even when Marcus Mariota returns. Justin Tucker finally had a good game; nailing three field goals and three extra points.

However, I trust him as much as I trust the Ravens offense. Which I don’t. Jamison Crowder didn’t even get a target in Week 5. Can you believe that? The nerve some players have, to not produce on their bye week! Hot seat candidate Isaiah Crowell set a season high for scrimmage yards, with 67. He’ll need to deal with the Texans next, who held Kareem Hunt to his lowest yards per carry (3.7 YPC) of the season. At this point, I would drop Crowell for a higher upside option.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 6 Drop List

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben and the Steelers offense are not the juggernaut that many owners were expecting. Through five games, Roethlisberger has a QB rating of 75.8 – fifth worst in the NFL. That QBR puts him behind Mike Glennon of all people. His average of 253 YPG is his worst mark since 2012. However, Ben only threw eight interceptions that entire season. He’s already thrown seven this season.

Roethlisberger’s latest performance may have been the final straw for his owners. In a blowout loss to the Jags, Big Ben threw five interceptions and no touchdowns. Granted, the Jags have a tough secondary, but five picks in 55 pass attempts is horrid. He has yet to break 18 Fantasy points in standard scoring, good for QB23. After the game, Big Ben had something interesting to say:

Maybe he was joking, but it’s not something owners like to hear from their starting QB. With Roethlisberger struggling, expect Le’veon Bell to see an uptick in carries for next week’s matchup against the Chiefs. The KC defense has been creating tons of turnovers, so I would expect a couple picks from Ben if the Steelers fall behind.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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Maclin was a semi-popular sleeper going into the season. Although he had struggled in 2016, he would be starting the season as the Raven’s top receiver with a pass happy QB at the helm. Unfortunately it has not worked out that way for Maclin. Baltimore has moved to a run heavy offense, and Joe Flacco has struggled in the early going.

Outside of a couple of early touchdowns, Maclin hasn’t contributed much this season. He has a season high of 56 yards and was held to four receptions or fewer in all but one of his five games. So far, it’s looking like Maclin won’t post useful Fantasy numbers without a touchdown.

With the Ravens running the ball so often, the eight targets Maclin saw in Week 5 might be a ceiling for his workload. There are higher upside options to be had and Maclin should be dropped in most leagues.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Lockett still has all the talent and potential in the world, but it won’t materialize for him this season. The speedster has game-breaking ability but the Seahawks offense is having trouble supporting one wide receiver, nevermind two or three. You would think that an awful run game would help the Seattle receivers. However, their top receiver, Doug Baldwin has topped 50 yards just twice this season.

Lockett is averaging three catches and just under five targets per game. The name of the game in Fantasy Football is volume, and Lockett is simply not getting enough volume to support sustained production.

Unless you’re playing in a return yards league, Lockett is way too volatile to carry as anything more than a bench stash in case of injury. If Baldwin or Paul Richardson go down, Lockett might get enough volume to be worth adding once again.

Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants

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There are so many things working against Perkins that he is no longer worth holding in any leagues. The most important factor is his performance. To put it bluntly, Perkins has been awful. The Giants offensive line hasn’t helped, but that’s no excuse for averaging just 1.9 yards per carry. his Week 4 performance was so bad, that his longest run of the day (14 yards) accounted for more total yards than he finished with (13 yards).

Adding injury to insult, Perkins missed Week 5 with a rib injury and does not have a clear timetable to return. When he does return, he will have to battle Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman for carries. Both Darkwa (8.6 YPC) and Gallman (5.2 YPC) looked much better than Perkins has at any point this season.

Perkins has squandered a chance to become the Giants lead RB and will have a tough time earning it back. Anyone holding onto him for his return can safely drop him without hesitation.

On the Hot Seat

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

Honestly it took every fiber of my being to not put Cooper in the drop section. He was drafted in the late second round of most drafts and has been an utter bust thus far. After his one catch, eight yard performance on Sunday, Cooper has now failed to contribute a full Fantasy point in three straight games. To put in perspective how bad Cooper has been this season:

Outside of one drive where he caught a TD, Cooper has been useless. Despite a large target share through the first four games of the season, Cooper could not take advantage. His hands have always been an issue, but the drops have become more pronounced this season. At the moment, his three drops ties him for second most in the league. Although if you’ve been watching, it seems like a lot more than three drops.

Cooper has a lot of upside, but should be benched as long as E.J. Manuel is starting for the Raiders. Even when Carr gets back, Cooper will need a couple of good performances to regain owner’s trust.

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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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