2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List

by Kevin Huo
2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List

The NFL reared its ugly head and showed us once again that nobody is safe. Veterans Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger went down with injuries and if their backups don't step up and play well, you might see some skill position players from those squads in this list soon and very soon (I'm looking at you Tre'Quan Smith). But in the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List, they are safe.

Each week, I’ll go through every position and tell you every player you can safely cut from your roster. Unless something wildly unpredictable such as an injury or a trade happens, I’m not expecting these guys to contribute in the near future.


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Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben will have elbow surgery and is out for the year. Mason Rudolph will likely start the rest of the way.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

It's been a tough two weeks for Kirk Cousins-truthers as he's totaled only 328 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks in that span. On top of that, he's accumulated PFF's worst quarterback grade of 31.0. That's 17.9 points worse than Mitch Trubisky which really should tell you something.

Not only has Cousins not been playing well, but the offense is clearly now centered around Dalvin Cook who is leading the league in rushing. Cousins doesn't have the volume-based upside he once had and has taken a step back as a passer as well. He's barely in the streaming conversation at this point.

On the bubble: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers; 

Running Backs

Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans

If you drafted Lewis in hopes of Derrick Henry being a fluke, you've been disappointed so far. While Henry has 32 touches for 252 total yards and three touchdowns through three games, Lewis has 10 touches for 27 yards and no scores.

Henry's increased usage in the passing game (26 passing snaps compared to Lewis' 45 per PFF) means Lewis is barely even a complementary back now. He's a handcuff who can be dropped.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

Going into the season there were legitimate concerns about Marlon Mack's usage in games the Colts were playing from behind. Due to Andrew Luck's sudden retirement, there was some speculation the Colts would be in a lot more of these games.

Well, it turns out Luck wasn't the only talented player on that team. The Colts have enough supporting talent around Jacoby Brissett to stay competitive in every game - meaning Mack remains the workhorse.

Hines has a limited role in this offense and would still likely split duties with Jordan Wilkins if Mack was to get hurt.

Ty Montgomery, New York Jets

Montgomery was on the bubble last week as LeVeon Bell was banged up heading out of Week 1. But Bell looks healthy and Montgomery played only five snaps in Week 1 and put up a few empty yards in garbage time of Week 2. He's purely a handcuff at this point and not even a good one as the Jets' disastrous quarterback position will make it hard for him to succeed even if Bell gets hurt.

Wide Receivers

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

And the Corey Davis experiment ends (for me) after two weeks. If you're like me, you drafted him on upside and his lofty draft position.

However, Marcus Mariota and the Titans are simply spreading it around too much to trust anyone. In Week 2, the Titans had nine different players (including offense linemen David Quessenberry) catch a pass. None of them eclipsed 40 yards. After seeing this and a zero target, zero catch game in Week 1, I'm willing to move on from Davis.

Donte Moncrief, Pittsburgh Steelers

Often times "NFL Scout Twitter" disagrees with PFF which famously puts numerical grades on everything. But I think this is a scenario where all parties can agree. Through two games, Moncrief has been dreadful. He's caught only three of his eleven targets for seven yards and his one drop last week led directly to an interception. Not surprisingly, he's PFF's worst graded wide receiver in 2019.

With the injury to Roethlisberger, it makes it even easier to drop Moncrief who has not impressed and doesn't have much of a connection with Rudolph either. We should see James Washington overtake him quickly.

Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers

I gave Pettis the benefit of the doubt last week, putting him only on my "on the bubble" list. But this week he received zero targets on 35 routes ran while both Marquise Goodwin and Deebo Samuel ran amuck. He's probably the fourth or fifth receiving option on a team that wants to run the ball primarily. Not to mention he seems to be in the coach's doghouse.

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears

Another player that I spared, Miller won't be safe this week. I thought maybe the Bears were easing him into the game after he missed the majority of training camp with a should injury, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Mitch Trubisky only targeted him once and Miller is the third receiver on a team that lines up the majority of the time with only two wideouts. He's a safe cut.

Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee missed Week 2 with a knee injury after missing the majority of training camp with that same issue. Even if he comes back healthy, he's likely behind Dede Westbook, DJ Chark, and Chris Conley.

On the bubble: Keke Coutee, Houston Texans

Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

With the demise of Kirk Cousins' fantasy value, all the Vikings' pass-catchers need to be downgraded as well. You're obviously not dropping Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen, but Rudolph can be safely dropped after catching three of his six targets for nine yards through two weeks.

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