2018 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List: Redemption

by Dennis Sosic
2018 Fantasy Football Week Drop List: Redemption

Hello Fantasy friends and foes. Welcome back to the Fantasy Six Pack's Weekly Drop List.

Week 2 is in the books, hope your teams didn't lose any of your top players. Speaking of losing, my 2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Drop List: Snap Decisions was not as successful as I wanted.

The good news is that Devontae Booker seems to continue to lose fantasy value with the play of rookies Royce Freeman and Philip Lindsay, and Fitzmagic struck again while playing against the Eagles, so Jameis Winston should be on the bench when he returns from his suspension.

However, Gio Bernard looks to be a hot waiver add now that Joe Mixon is out two-four weeks after going arthroscopic surgery. While no one can predict injuries, it looks like the inclusion of Bernard may have been premature. Also, Matt Ryan showed everyone that he should still be considered a fantasy starter. Ryan threw for 272 yards with two touchdowns and even ran in for two touchdowns. His typical fantasy roller-coaster ride seems to be on the incline, for now.

Here is a look at which veteran quarterback needs to be benched, and who are the two receivers that fantasy owners can let go. Lastly, which tight end is not worth holding on to. Find out who these players are and a whole lot more in the 2018 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List

Sam Bradford, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Let the Josh Rosen era begin!?! The Cardinals invested a ton of money this off-season on a quarterback with a history of struggling to stay healthy in Sam Bradford.

The former top pick has been an absolute nightmare for Arizona through the first two games. In Week 2, he was limited to just 90 passing yards on 27 attempts-three yards per completion.

The offense has scored six points through eight quarters. Of course, not all of the issues are Bradford's fault. Their play-calling has been horrendous. Their best weapon, running back David Johnson has been rendered useless by a non-existent passing attack.

Fantasy owners hoping to see the good Sam Bradford pairing up with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald to create a semi-potent offense have to be offended on what they have seen. There is no reason why fantasy owners need to hold on to Bradford. In fact, the Cardinals should even bench Bradford and put in rookie Josh Rosen. The Cardinals can easily go 0-3 and worse with Bradford. Why not give Rosen some experience and see what he can do?

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets

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Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has found his favorite target. No, it's not the Jets leading receiver from 2017 season, Robby Anderson. Quincy Enunwa has quickly become the go-to wide receiver for the rookie quarterback. Through two games, Enunwa has 13 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Robby Anderson and Darnold did hook up in Week 1 for a 41-yard bomb that was Darnold's first career touchdown pass. Unfortunately, that was his only catch and target. In Week 2, the speedy receiver caught three of five targets for 27 yards and lost a costly fumble in the second quarter.

Currently, it looks like Anderson does not have Sam Darnold's trust. He is playing third fiddle to Enunwa and even Terrelle Pryor, who had eight targets and turned those into four catches for 84 yards in Week 2. That is more catches and more yards than Anderson has in the first two games combined.

Anderson has never been a high volume receiver and has been mostly reliant on the deep ball in his career. He is still a boom-or-bust option and good luck picking the boom weeks, especially with a rookie quarterback. Darnold is a work in progress and will make mistakes, but the talent is apparent.

There is also the black cloud of a suspension that could come down from the NFL any time this season. That volatility provides enough questions for fantasy owners to look elsewhere for a wide receiver.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Oakland Raiders

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Some fantasy analysts were predicting a comeback from Jordy Nelson this season. Nelson played well last season while Aaron Rodgers was playing. However, once Rodgers got hurt, his production and skills appeared to decline. Coincidence? I am pretty certain that the Fountain of Youth is not in Oakland, but Nelson owners better hope that it is.

He will need to regain his running skills and develop great chemistry with a new QB in Derek Carr in one season. The expectations seemed far-fetched and I had my concerns regarding Jordy Nelson becoming a factor in fantasy football this season.

Through two consecutive weeks, he has seen just four targets from Carr. Additionally, Carr played excellent this past Sunday against the Broncos, completing impressive 29-of-32 passes. Carr spread the ball around with Amari Cooper leading the team with 10 catches on as many targets for 116 yards. Tight end Jared Cooks and Seth Roberts combined for seven receptions and the newly re-signed Martavis Bryant added four catches for 30 yards. That handful of weapons continue to dimish Nelson's fantasy outlook this season.

It is also concerning that Coach Jon Gruden explained that Nelson was here in Oakland for as much as for his leadership and influence in the locker room than his production on the field. Well, that's great for the Raiders' team but that won't help my fantasy team score points.

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills

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There really is zero fantasy options in Buffalo. Their offense is horrible, I feel bad for LeSean McCoy. McCoy is the only Bill that you should consider on the 0-2 Bills. However, it's difficult to imagine that McCoy will live up to his draft capital.

Charles Clay has been reliable in the past, but he has such a low ceiling that he could struggle to find any type of meaningful production in an offense led by rookie Josh Allen or (gulp) Nathan Peterman.

Clay finished with a 0/0/0 stat line on two targets in Week 1, even though he was on the field 62 percent of the time when Buffalo had the ball. In Week 2, he did slightly better by catching two passes on three targets for 29 during their loss to the Chargers.

There have to be better options at tight end than Charles Clay, I suggest you find another tight end immediately.

See which players are trending in 2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trends: Wild Weekend. Which players should you buy and sell? Find out more here in Week 2 Fantasy Football Buys and Sells.

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