2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Drop List

by Kevin Huo
2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Drop List

Through six weeks, we are starting to see storylines - both player and team - start to develop.

In the NFC, we've got Russell Wilson carrying an overrated defense to narrow wins which is essentially the inverse of the beginning of his career. Jimmy Garappolo is following Tom Brady's early-career blueprint, riding a hot defense and strong run game to wins while doing just enough. The Rams and the Cowboys are imploding, demonstrating just how hard it is to make these decisions to pay their quarterbacks big money. The Packers continue to enlist the help of the referees to stay atop their division while the backup quarterbacks for both the Panthers and Saints battle for the NFC South crown.

Meanwhile, in the AFC, the Patriots' defense is the MVP (and fantasy MVP outside of Christian McCaffery) through six weeks.  The young triumvirate of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Deshaun Watson are staking their claim as the next generation of great quarterbacks. And all the other AFC teams stink.

As we see more and more of these storylines develop, we'll start seeing them in fantasy football as well.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Drop List

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Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

The #13 fantasy quarterback on the season, Rivers has many children as top-10 fantasy finishes. But it looks like this year is shaping up to be one where he finishes outside of QB1 range. He came out hot with three 19+ fantasy point performances in his first four games. Since then, he's scored 4.14 points against Denver and 14.8 points against the Steelers.

You'd think he'd actually be doing better with the return of Melvin Gordon, Mike Williams, and Hunter Henry. However, the losses of left tackle Russell Okung and center Mike Pouncey (out for the season) are arguably more difficult to overcome for the cement-footed Rivers.

While I could see him picking it up for the stretch run, he faces @TEN, @CHI, and at home (which really isn't a home game) vs the Packers in his next three weeks. Those teams allow the 21st, 26th, and 28th fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks respectively.

Running Backs

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Six weeks into the NFL season and we know only know a few things about the Buccaneers:

  1. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans are good
  2. Their run defense is surprisingly good
  3. O.J. Howard is bad for fantasy

Everything else is up in the air. Their backfield is a three-headed committee with Barber, Ronald Jones II, and Dare Ogunbowale all contributing week-to-week. Barber especially is a limited upside back who is touchdown-dependent and doesn't make big plays or catch a lot of balls.  Sounds very droppable to me.

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks

After Chris Carson dealt with fumbling issues the last couple weeks, there was legitimate hope that Penny would be able to carve himself out a significant share of the rushing attack. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you're a Carson owner), Penny dealt with injuries during that time. Carson re-seized the opportunity and has looked physically dominant as a rusher, pushing Penny towards a less-than-complimentary role.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

Mostert was a flash-in-the-pan with 22.6 fantasy points in Week 2 and 79 yards in Week 3. However, in the two games since Tevin Coleman has returned, Mostert has touched the ball only 11 times for 47 yards. He played only 9% of snaps in Week 6 suggesting a pure reserve role.

Kalen Ballage, Miami Dolphins

Any hopes holders of Ballage had that he would distinguish himself as the primary ball-carrier in Miami should hopefully be extinguished by this point. He's been one of the worst running backs I've seen in a while and was recently out-snapped and out-touched by Mark Walton. Even if Kenyan Drake is traded, it's Walton who would become the lead back.

On the bubble: Wayne Gallman, New York Giants

Wide Receivers

Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle, Kansas City Chiefs

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With the return of Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs' offensive pecking order falls back into line. Hill and Travis Kelce will dominate the majority of the targets while Robinson, Hardman, and now Byron Pringle will fight for scraps, especially when Sammy Watkins returns from injury. There will be weeks where any of the latter three will put up big fantasy numbers, but never anything consistent.

Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers

This trio of receivers is actually pretty talented in my eyes. Unfortunately, they play in an offense that isn't great for fantasy production at the wide receiver position. They are very comparable to the Titans, in that the offense is predicated around a strong rushing attack and the quarterback's role is minimalized. On top of that, the Niners' number one option in the passing game is definitively George Kittle. That means that neither of these three's targets will be consistent and therefore they can't be trusted as fantasy options.

On the bubble: Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tight Ends

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Howard was one of the players I touted as a breakout candidate at the beginning of the season. I foresaw a big-bodied receiver in the middle of the field catching touchdown after touchdown as the defense focused on Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Instead, he's had 18 targets in 6 games for 176 yards and no touchdowns. Cameron Brate is even making his way back into the mix with two catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in Week 6. Going into their Week 7 bye, Howard should be dropped from all rosters.

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