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2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List: Too Much Hype


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

I didn’t do too bad with my recommendations in 2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List: Fantasy Foursome. While Prescott did accomplish his first 200-yard passing game since Week 15 of last season, he was still not a top quarterback. Bucs rookie running back Ronald Jones was actually active for the first time this season and got into game action. He rushed 10 times for 29 yards and wasn’t impressive, but when your only competition is Peyton Barber, almost everyone looks good.

Heading into Week 5, fantasy owners can stop drinking the Kool-Aid on players that were given a lot of preseason hype. It’s time to move on and grab one of the players mentioned in the 2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire: Follow The Leader. 

Find out which players are safe to move on from and a whole lot more in the 2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List

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Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks

With the surprising news of Chris Carson being declared inactive on Sunday, all eyes were set on seeing the starting debut of rookie running back Rashaad Penny. Well, Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll had a better idea. He decided to start the third running back on the depth chart, Mike Davis. All Davis did was carry the ball 21 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. This was easily the best performance by a Seahawks running back this season.

The rookie running back did have a decent game on Sunday as Penny put up 49 yards on nine carries. However, it is fairly evident that Penny is now that he is the odd man out in the running back rotation in Seattle.

He has been a non-factor in the Seahawks first four games. He has only 29 carries this season to go along with four receptions. With Davis and Carson both stepping up, it looks like there will be very few opportunities for Penny to gain touches in this backfield.

Penny might be a good stash in dynasty leagues. However, he has struggled so far in his rookie campaign on the field and has also struggled to show up to camp in shape as evidenced by reporting to camp in the 240s.  The preseason hype is over and it’s time to move on.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills

Everyone is motivated by something, fame, fortune, or both. No one seems to know what motivates Kelvin Benjamin. After his trade to the Bills, he was recognized as the No. 1 receiver on the team. In addition, he is in a contract season, you would think he should be very motivated to perform. Given that there are really zero options around him in this offense besides LeSean McCoy, you would think he would receive all of the love from his quarterback.

Well, now that I am done dreaming, the former first-round pick looks totally detached from his team and lacks any type of urgency and assurance. This type of lackadaisical attitude has followed Benjamin throughout his career and it has reared his ugly head here again in Buffalo.

So far this season, Benjamin has a grand total of seven catches for 92 yards and one touchdown. He has dropped multiple passes including two would-be touchdown passes.

The Bills offense is a project in the making which is led by rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Like any rookie quarterback, he will go through peaks and valleys but he did show promise in the Bills shocking win over the Vikings in Week 3. He completed 15-of-22 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed 10 times for 39 yards and two more touchdowns on the day. Allen is NOT the reason Benjamin is having another miserable season.

The only person to blame for the poor play of Kelvin Benjamin is Kelvin Benjamin. The big receiver had a chance to earn himself a big contract next season. The only thing that Benjamin has earned is a one-way ticket out of Buffalo and off your fantasy rosters.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Seattle Seahawks

No one really expected much from Brandon Marshall when he decided to join the Seattle Seahawks this season.  He did fairly well this preseason and in Week 1, he caught a touchdown pass but it has been all downhill since.

Marshall has looked washed up for the last few seasons. However, the Seahawks were desperate for someone to help at receiver especially in the light of Doug Baldwin‘s injury to begin this season. Marshall has racked up 10 catches for 125 yards and 1 touchdown through 4 games this season.

He had six targets in each of his first three games this season. While also dropping four passes and collecting only 35 yards. Marshall is contending with wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who is stepping up and is now a focal point of the Seahawks passing game. Lockett has cemented his role as the WR2 in this Seahawks offense.

The Seahawks offense is still a work in progress. Their offensive line has improved but it is still one of the worst in the league. Quarterback Russell Wilson will be happy to see Doug Baldwin continue to get healthier. With the emergence of Lockett and second-year receiver David Moore gaining more playing time, Seattle’s receivers are finally coming together into a respectable unit.

Where does all of this leave Brandon Marshall? He is simply a fantasy non-factor and owners should give up hope for Brandon Marshall contributing to your fantasy rosters.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker is still owned in 35 percent of CBS leagues, and I do not understand why. Is it because in 2016, he actually played 15 games and put up 744 yards and four touchdowns on 56 receptions while catching a career-high 64.4 percent of his targets? I remember my draft prep for the 2017 fantasy season. Almost every fantasy expert was predicting Parker as the breakout candidate to own. Well, Parker finished with one touchdown on 57 catches and 670 yards.

Parker has shown the ability to be a down-field threat, as he averaged 19 yards per reception as a rookie in 2015, but has dipped each season since. Unfortunately, he has spent more time nursing injuries than he has on the football field. He possesses the physical attributes that you look for in a receiver. Size, great hands, solid route runner, but he has yet to live up to his lofty draft status.

This season, Parker has played just one game through four weeks. He was limited by finger and quad injuries as well as a dubious role in the Dolphins offense. He did play in Week 3 against the Raiders, which he caught two of three targets for 40 yards. The buzz around his appearance was that he was only being played to showcase his talents for a trade.

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The Dolphins have talent at receiver with three receivers-Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson-all had at least eight catches and 130 yards through the first three games. Parker’s contract is too much to pay for a marginal receiver. All indications are that the Dolphins have grown tired of Parker. While the Dolphins are having issues in getting away from Parker, fantasy owners have a lot easier, drop DeVante Parker.

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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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