2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List: Fantasy Foursome

by Dennis Sosic
2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List

Hello Fantasy friends and rivals. Welcome back to the Weekly Fantasy Six Pack Drop List.

Just like Chris Conte got stifled by a stiff arm, I was rendered humbled by one player that I recommended to drop last week in my 2018 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List: Redemption. Low and behold, Jordy Nelson can still run. Who knew? Just like Matt Ryan, Jordy Nelson decided to remind me that veterans can still play and be fantasy relevant. I don't see Nelson running free in any secondary anytime soon, but if you were forced to play him, congrats! SELL HIGH!

Matt Ryan, on the other hand, is quite a different story. With injuries to two important players on their defense, the Falcons defense has been rendered quite a fantasy matchup for opposing teams. This has led to more passing by Ryan especially with the running game in hiatus at the moment. Ryan has been phenomenal in his last two games. The emergence of rookie receiver Calvin Ridley and the potential shootout potential has led Matt Ryan to be a quarterback to pick up in every matchup. Now, if he can somehow figure out how to get Julio Jones some touchdowns.....

With three weeks now played this season, we are noticing some valuable trends. I discovered four players that comprise a Fantasy Foursome that fantasy owners can do without in the 2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List

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Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys offense is in trouble. They are averaging 13.7 points a game. Only the winless Arizona Cardinals averages fewer points. Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game have fallen and seemingly can’t get up.

The Cowboys converted just 3 of 13 third-down chances, dropping them to 8-of-34 for the season. Dallas ranks next-to-last in third-down conversions at 23.5 percent -- again, only the Cardinals are worse -- and come in at No. 30 in total offense with an average of 277.7 yards.

For the third straight game this season and the ninth time in the last 11 games dating back the last year, Prescott passed for under 200 yards. Prescott has faced two major challenges. First, I'm trying to think of a worst group of wide receivers and tight ends and I can't think of one. He really has no one to throw to. Veteran Allen Hurns has been a bust, rookie Michael Gallup has been very inconsistent at best, and Deonte Thompson along with Terrance Williams don't scare defenses. Prescott has one weapon he can count on and that is Cole Beasley.

The other challenge was that the once-dominant offensive line has been riddled with injuries. This has necessitated Prescott becoming a dink and dunk passer which is curtailing their offense and fantasy appeal. Zeke is their offense and teams will start stacking the box against him in short order, daring Prescott to beat them deep. However, which receiver is going to win their matchup?

Combine the lack of offensive weapons and depleted offensive line with the erratic play-calling of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and you get a quarterback that I don't want any part of on my fantasy roster. There are several streaming quarterbacks to choose weekly, there is no reason to hold on to Dak Prescott.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions

Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson buried the Patriots Sunday night with a combined 149 rushing yards on 32 carries. The most important aspect of that win is that the Lions finally had a running back rush for over 100 yards in a game. Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries. The last time a Lions running back rushed for over 100 yards was November 28, 2013!

Johnson and Blount split carries but its quite obvious that Johnson is much more athletic and explosive. Johnson deserves a larger workload. Head Coach Matt Patricia prefers the by-committee approach but the pecking order should start with the rookie running back. The Lions also have Theo Riddick who has always been a dynamic pass-catching threat in the open field.  However, Johnson is the most complete back on the roster. He should be the featured back on the Lions for the remainder of this season.

Blount should be relegated to handle the bulk of the goal-line work. At best, he is a touchdown-or-bust option in deeper leagues. Do you want to hope on random short yardage touchdown runs? Yeah, me either!  Let the Kerryon Johnson era begin in Detroit!

Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers offense is running wild in Pewter country and the points are piling up via Ryan Fitzpatrick and their explosive passing game. Unfortunately, their inability to run the football continues to be a massive issue. Fitzmagic's outstanding play has hidden this problem so far this season.

The Bucs felt that they found their solution when they spent the 38th overall pick in the draft on running back Ronald Jones. However, Jones looked horrible in the preseason, he had an ugly stat line of 28 carries for 22 yards. He was downright awful.

It is fairly evident that Jones has yet to earn the trust of his coaches. For the third straight week,  Jones has been inactive because the Bucs don't think he's ready to contribute.

Tampa Bay has rolled with Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers as their primary backs through the first three weeks. Neither back has a stranglehold on the position, but until if and when Jones becomes active, there is no urgency in getting Jones on the roster. Therefore, there is no reason to have Ronald Jones on your fantasy rosters.

Allen Hurns, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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As noted above, the Cowboys offense is well, offensive. Without regurgitating all of the negative stats to beleaguer the point, I cannot see how anyone outside of Zeke can be trusted in your fantasy lineups. Once considered a possible fantasy sleeper, Hurns is looking more and more like a wasted signing by the Cowboys and someone you cannot hold onto any longer on your fantasy rosters.

Hurns has caught four passes for 51 yards through the first three games this season. The Cowboys will always be committed to running their entire offense through Ezekiel Elliott, which is understandable. However, the expectations and the contract for Hurns were indications that he would make a positive impact to the Cowboys receiving group and quarterback Dak Prescott. With the injuries to their offensive line, the Cowboys are forced to dinking and dunking, which makes it quite difficult for any Dallas receiver to post consistent fantasy numbers.

Currently, Hurns is not even listed as the Cowboys WR1, and he is even getting outplayed by journeyman receiver Deonte Thompson. Thompson has nine catches for 83 yards through the first three games of the season. It looks likely that Hurns is becoming increasingly less of an option for Prescott. Let's continue that trend, and remove Hurns as an option on your rosters.

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