Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Drop List!
The 2020 NFL season has been all over the map. COVID-19 has been rife throughout the league causing players to be inactive when they otherwise would have played, while outbreaks have caused shifts in the schedule.
Injuries have been prevalent as well. Christian McCaffrey, who was a consensus first-overall pick in a majority of fantasy leagues, finally recovered from an injury to play in Week 9. He posted massive numbers as per usual but is back on the injury report with yet another setback.
#Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, who returned after missing more than a month with an ankle injury, could miss more time with a shoulder injury suffered yesterday, source said. He’s having tests today, but his status this week is very much in doubt.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 9, 2020
If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it's that life —like football— can be extremely unpredictable. To combat this unpredictability, fantasy owners must roll with the punches and react to the ever-changing landscape. The first step to doing so is to recognize who to put out to pasture. With the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Drop List, we'll identify potential drop candidates for fantasy owners to move on from.
2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Drop List
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Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (42% Rostered)
On Sunday, Derek Carr propelled the Las Vegas to their second-straight win with a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
While it was a key win for Carr and the Raiders who are eyeing a playoff spot in the stout AFC West, he didn’t exactly stuff the stat sheet.
For the second week in a row, the veteran signal-caller has failed to top 165 yards. In his last two appearances, Carr has only managed 28 completions for 276 yards. Although his ball security has been excellent this season, the Raiders have found success in running the ball.
The black and silver will likely continue to lean on Josh Jacobs in another divisional matchup with the Broncos. Carr will be a low-end QB2 at best and fantasy owners can likely find a better value on the waiver wire.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (30% Rostered)
Daniel Jones and the Giants pulled out their second win of the season by beating the Washington Football Team again. It’s not a huge feat, but it counts in the win column just the same.
The #Giants have won 5 games since naming Daniel Jones their starting QB in 2019.
4 of those wins have come against Washington. They are 1-16 against everyone else. pic.twitter.com/0YbTlWfzY9
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 9, 2020
Danny Dimes had his best game of the season in terms of QB rating, but once again disappointed in terms of fantasy numbers.
Jones finally didn’t turn the ball over but only threw for a single touchdown. This brings his TD/INT ratio on the season to 8:9. This atrocious level of ball security doesn’t help with his already paltry numbers.
Last week against Washington, Jones threw for 212 yards. He hasn’t topped the 300-yard mark this season. Without major yardage and a lack of touchdown production, Jones should consistently disappoint fantasy owners.
Next week Jones has a tough matchup against the Eagles who have allowed only 5.5 yards per pass attempt— third lowest in the NFL.
Le'Veon Bell, Kansas City Chiefs (88% Rostered)
A few years ago, Le'Veon Bell looked like he was on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Steelers.
Now with the Chiefs, Bell is struggling to ascertain touches against a rookie.
Bell has to contend with Clyde Edwards-Helaire taking the majority of snaps. Since jumping ship to the Chiefs, Bell has seen 20 touches, while Edwards-Helaire has had 26. Part of the reason why Kansas City has been leaning more toward their rookie ball carrier is Bell’s abysmal production.
Last week Bell only had five touches for a total of three yards.
It may seem tough to let go of Bell, but by looking at the numbers as opposed to the name, he’d be an obvious drop in any league. Don’t expect his usage to increase anytime soon with CEH commanding the backfield.
JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers (58% Rostered)
With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out, JaMycal Hasty looked as though he would be the back to roster in San Francisco. Instead, he had only four carries for three yards, while adding two receptions for another ten yards.
In Week 8, Hasty ran 12 times and so we expected him to see a larger share of the touches against Green Bay in Week 9. Green Bay came out firing on all cylinders and jumped to a substantial lead early on, causing the game script to fall out of Hasty’s favor.
With the 49ers falling behind 21-3 before halftime, Jerick McKinnon was utilized more robustly while playing from behind. McKinnon had 15 touches for 68 yards and a garbage-time touchdown to outperform Hasty.
The way things are going in San Francisco, the Niners are likely to once again play from behind against the Saints, who just tore apart a very capable Buccaneers squad last week. It seems that for the time being, McKinnon is the best option in the 49ers backfield.
Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (59% Rostered)
With John Brown back in the Bills lineup, Cole Beasley has slipped into oblivion.
Two weeks ago, Beasley took advantage of Brown’s absence having a monster performance against the lowly New York Jets. Beasley reeled in 11 catches for 112 yards both of which were career-highs.
In the last two games, the nine-year veteran has only totaled five catches for 63 yards.
Beasley has to compete with Stefon Diggs and Brown for snaps, while Buffalo also tends to include Gabriel Davis within the receiving rotation. In Week 9, this trio of competitors combined for 28 targets, compared to a meager three targets for Beasley.
Now that Brown is the clear cut starter alongside Diggs, Beasley is safe to drop in all but the deepest of leagues.
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (56% Rostered)
Since Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury, Michael Gallup has struggled to produce fantasy-viable numbers.
Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci, and Garrett Gilbert have struggled to move the ball through the air— in large part due to a decimated offensive line. As a result, Dallas has shied away from the deep ball.
In the last three weeks, Gallup has only ten catches for 97 yards, which is a far cry from his consistent play while Prescott was in the lineup.
Outside of the injury issues in the quarterback and offensive line departments, Gallup is also competing with two talented wideouts CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper for targets. Last week against the Steelers, Gallup was outperformed by both Lamb and Cooper.
Considering the bounty of injuries in the Cowboys offense and the high level of competition within the receiving corps, fantasy owners may want to consider other options for their squad.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (60% Rostered)
Usually, rookie quarterbacks find salvation in tight ends. They tend to run shorter routes and often become prime safety valves for inexperienced signal-callers. Since Tua Tagovailoa was given the keys to the Dolphins offense, he hasn’t relied heavily on Miami’s TE1, Mike Gesicki.
In Tagovailoa’s two starts, he’s thrown 53 passes but has only targeted Gesicki six times, connecting on four of them for 50 yards. Even though the receiving corps in Miami isn’t the most dynamic, Gesicki hasn’t risen to the occasion since Tua took over.
Tagovailoa has won in his first two starts, so it’s unlikely he’ll change course going forward. For Gesicki to be effective in fantasy terms, he’ll be dependent on scoring touchdowns, which isn’t ideal.
Gesicki has the potential to produce if he sees a high volume of passes, but since Tagovailoa usurped Ryan Fitzpatrick for the QB1 role, his average target share dropped from five targets per game to just three.
Although Gesicki gets a decent matchup against the Chargers in Week 10, who have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends this season, he’ll have trouble breaking out if his target share stays as limited as it has been.
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