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2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 Drop List: Think Don’t Feel


These articles are designed to show you some numbers and key information to make informed lineup decisions. I like to point out trends that offenses have been using and make it relevant to fantasy football.

With only one or two weeks left before the fantasy playoffs, you have to cut emotional ties with players and stick to the facts.

This week I will again look at a player from each position that I think has no fantasy gas left in the tank. These are players who have had their roles diminish over the past several weeks.

Simply put, I mean a reduction in targets or attempts, less looks downfield, or less attention in the red zone.

Week 12 Drop List Recap

First, let’s look at my “Drops” from last week and see how they performed in Week 12

Pretty spot on from last week’s post. Mike Williams’ and Jordan Wilkins’ fantasy relevance was due to injuries to notable players at their respective positions. In fantasy sports, consistency is key, as fill-in fliers are difficult to predict from week to week.

Players on IR after Week 13

2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 Drop List

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Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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After an embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills on the road, the Jaguars hit a season low in morale. They fired their offensive coordinator and upper management had no choice but to bench Blake Bortles.

There is not much left to say other than Cody Kessler will get the start in Week 13. It’s safe to say it’s probably time to move on from most Jaguars players after Leonard Fournette was given a one game suspension for fighting.

Player to target instead: Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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One target. One catch for 12 yards. Yikes.

With Golden Tate’s role increasing in Philadelphia, the consistency of Zach Ertz, and a quarterback who likes to spread the ball around, times are tough for the 25 year old. With only one touchdown grab on the season and no game with more than six catches since week two. Oh, did I mention only three targets over the past two weeks? Double Yikes.

The Eagles face the eighth toughest strength of schedule for wide receivers going forward. They have the Redskins, Cowboys, Rams, and Texans in the next four weeks. Triple Yikes. I think its time to move on.

Player to target instead: Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks

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Only twice this season has Penny seen double digit carries. Only once this season has he had a rushing touchdown.

Against Carolina, he rushed four times for four yards with no targets. In fact, Penny hasn’t had a target since week nine against the Chargers. I’m a man of consistency and that is not what you are getting here.

With Carson as the clear lead back in Seattle, there is little to no upside in the San Diego State product. My confidence level for Penny going forward is very low. Yes, he has handcuff potential for decent match-ups down the stretch; yet, he is not someone I am holding onto if I have better options.

Player to target instead: LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions

Benjamin Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints

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While it is tough to count out any player on an offense that throws almost always over 30 times per game, I did not like what I saw from Watson this week. He dropped a ball in the end zone that would have been a sure touchdown, and has a total of eight targets over the past five weeks.

With so many mouths to feed in New Orleans, Watson is a guy I cannot trust down the stretch. He is a player trending in the wrong direction and dropped touchdowns are surely not helping his cause. I would absolutely move on.

Player to target instead: C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Philadelphia DST

Over the past five games the Philadelphia Eagles have given up 21,18,27,48,22 points respectively. They have only registered twelve sacks and two turnovers over that span as well. This does not look at all like the team that beat the Patriots to win the Super Bowl last season.

Over the next four weeks, they face the Redskins, Cowboys, Rams, and Texans. That is good for the sixth toughest strength of schedule remaining and not a squad I want to be a part of going forward.

Defense to target instead: Seattle Seahawks DST

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About Christopher T. Luft

Christopher Luft is from Connecticut and graduated from Providence College with a BS degree in Biology. He went to Optometry school at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed an ocular disease residency at the Wilmington, Delaware VA. Chris loves to cook, spend time with his wife, practice and study jiu-jitsu, and of course, fantasy sports.

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