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2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Drop List: Snap Decisions


Hello Fantasy football friends and foes. Welcome to the first edition of the Fantasy Six Pack 2018 Fantasy Football Weekly Drop List.

Obviously, guys who suffered significant injuries need to be dropped immediately. I am going to focus on players who are available in around half or more of all ESPN and Yahoo leagues.

I will provide players who you can safely drop from your rosters so you can search the waiver wire to find short and/or long-term solutions.

Let’s take a look at four players who you can drop after Week 1.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Drop List

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Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan had a terrible Week 1 performance against the Super Bowl Champions Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. He finished 21-of-43 for 251 yards passing, no touchdowns, and one interception, all of which led to a dismal 57.4 passer rating. The Falcons’ offense was saved by Julio Jones, who was unstoppable, catching 10 passes for 169 yards.

There was no indication or word that Ryan was dealing with an injury but his arm looked very weak with no zip on his passes. Ryan was getting zero help by the odd play calling by OC Steve Sarkisian. The Falcons had four opportunities to get into the end zone, but they didn’t seem to have any answers but sure had a whole lot of questions.

Another issue was that horrible play by their offensive line. They were being manhandled all night long, allowing four sacks and a bevy of hurried throws. The offense had a ton of work to do. It seems like ages ago that the Falcons offense had the league-leading output of 2016, masterminded by now 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Atlanta’s offense dropped from first to 15th last season. Of course, Ryan orchestrated that offense to an MVP that season and led them to the Super Bowl before they collapsed against the Patriots.

Fantasy owners hoping to see the Matt Ryan from 2016, I wouldn’t hold my breath. He was over-drafted last season and that trend continued in 2018. Hopefully, you didn’t fall victim to this in your drafts. If so, do yourself and your fantasy roster a favor and drop Ryan. You will have more luck in streaming quarterbacks while also keeping your sanity.

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston had his strongest training camp and preseason in his career. He completed 30-of-41 passes (73 percent) for 388 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. His 126.9 passer rating was the fourth-highest of any quarterback this preseason. Winston is also the only quarterback in NFL history to start his career with back-to-back 4,000-yard passing seasons.

So why is Winston on Week 2 of the Drop List? All of us are aware that he will start the 2018 regular season by serving a three-game suspension for allegedly groping an Uber driver in March of 2016. His absence led to another performance of Fitzmagic! All veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick did was lead the Bucs to a 48-40 upset win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.

Fitzmagic went for 417 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-28 passing. In the nine Bucs possessions excluding the end of halves, they scored seven times, missed one field goal late in the game and punted just once.

Given Winston’s decision-making, both on and off the field, the Bucs have very little motivation to crown him the starter once his suspension ends. The Bucs should ride the Fitzmagic train as long as it takes them. They know that they have Winston in the wings. Fantasy owners who took Winston in their drafts, hoping to have a good backup quarterback after Week 4 can easily drop Winston. Fantasy owners can then stream quarterbacks if and when Fitzpatrick loses his magic.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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It was a very uneventful Week 1 for Gio Bernard. He was out-touched by sophomore running back Joe Mixon 22 to 2! Mixon (42) saw a vast majority of the snaps at running back after his hot start to the gameGiovani Bernard (14) saw limited action but it was hard to take Mixon off the field with how productive he was. Mixon had 149 total yards and a touchdown against the Colts on Sunday in the Bengals 34-23 win.

After an inconsistent rookie year, Mixon was expected to have a breakout year this year. He rushed for an impressive 5.6 yards per carry and even more importantly, flashed as a receiver. In space, he showed he’s virtually unstoppable.

It’s clear that this is Mixon’s backfield and that the Bengals will be the engine of the Bengals offense. According to Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is confident he can handle an even bigger workload moving forward. It seems fairly apparent that the timeshare is over. A huge win for Mixon owners. It would seem that unless you are a Mixon owner, there is no need to hold on to Gio Bernard.

Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos

When the ball kicked off Sunday for the game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, Devontae Booker was listed as the No.2 running back on the Broncos’ depth chart. Due to the emergence of undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay in the game, I would say that is definitely going to change now.

Booker managed a measly two carries for four yards in the Week 1 matchup against the Seahawks. He also caught two passes for 11 yards. Meanwhile, Lindsay totaled 102 yards from scrimmage and was the team’s only running back to score in the 27-24 win Sunday.

Lindsay was available in 98 percent of ESPN fantasy football leagues. Look for that number to be cut in half at least after this week. Fantasy owners can’t expect this type of performance from Lindsay every week. However, he’s an explosive player that looks to have taken over the RB2 duties for the Broncos.

I know it’s just one game. Or maybe it’s the start of a fluid situation in Denver. It seems that Booker is the odd man out with Lindsay, who seemingly boosts more upside and looks to be the one splitting snaps with fellow rookie Royce Freeman.

Before you go, take a look at who and what is trending after Week 1 in 2018 Fantasy Football Week 1 Trends: Grain of Salt by our new writer Dylan Small.

About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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