2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Drop List

by Tyler Mulligan
2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Drop List

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Drop List!

The year 2020 is full of surprises.

From a purely football perspective, we've witnessed the unthinkable.

The New York Football Giants are the top team in the NFC East — without Saquon Barkley. Antonio Brown has transformed from online caricature to a member of one of the most star-studded receiving corps in all of football. Alex Smith has overcome his horrifying life-threatening injury to become the starter in Washington. The Denver Broncos had to start a practice-squad receiver at quarterback because all of their quarterbacks were locked down by COVID protocols.

Oh, and did I mention the Giants might make the playoffs?

William Shakespeare couldn't have written a more comedically tragic set of events.

Regardless of the unpredictability and instability of the NFL, fantasy football managers have to trudge through cancellations and rescheduling. With the playoffs nearing, keeping an eye on the liquid landscape of the NFL is important and relates to the process of dropping players from one's roster.

Each week we take a look at some of the top drop candidates, offering fantasy football players a little guidance as to how to trim some of the fat from their rosters.

Finding appropriate drop-worthy players is more of an art than a science. With that being said, it's important to factor in quantifiable variables to ensure you don't get burnt.

Playoffs are just around the corner, so let's break out the guillotine— metaphorically speaking, that is.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 13 Drop List


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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (89% Rostered)

Oh boy, did the Falcons ever fly last Sunday, stunning the Las Vegas Raiders with a 43-6 shellacking.

Matt Ryan picked up the W, but by no means was he the driving force behind the win. It was Atlanta's defense that stepped up on Sunday, providing five turnovers for the Dirty Birds. Atlanta's defensive unit also held Josh Jacobs and company to only 40 rushing yards on the day.

Ryan didn't have Julio Jones in the lineup and had issues moving the ball downfield. The former MVP didn't look anything like an MVP as he only threw for 185 yards on 39 attempts. It was the least total yards thrown for Ryan on the season, and while he did throw for a pair of touchdowns, the 4.7 yards per attempt really hurt his fantasy production.

Matty Ice will have New Orleans in Week 13, who has the highest-scoring fantasy defense over the past four weeks. Ryan is only viable in two-quarterback leagues especially with question marks surrounding Jones' condition.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants (35% Rostered)

The New York Giants are on top of the NFC East!

That's not saying much, though. Their 4-7 record is hilariously the best in the division, and Daniel Jones hasn't been stellar.

Last week, Jones continued the mediocrity which has been a hallmark of the division as they vaulted past the Burrow-less Bengals. Jones left the matchup late in the fourth quarter with an apparent hamstring ailment.

Colt McCoy looked decent in his relief of Jones going six for ten, driving the Giants downfield for a game-clinching touchdown.

Jones' status remains doubtful heading into a Week 13 matchup with Seattle, so he's a safe drop.

Running Back

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Darrell Henderson, Las Angeles Rams (81% Rostered)

The Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in consecutive games.

So, they're the real deal, right?

Not exactly.

For some reason, they can't pull out a victory against the pesky 49ers, who moved to 5-6 after sweeping the season series with the Rams. In terms of fantasy relevance, Darrell Henderson, who looked like the RB to own for the Rams was once again pedestrian against San Francisco's stout D-Line.

In his last four outings, Henderson has averaged less than 10 touches. In particular, he's been unable to muster any success on the ground, with only 53 yards through his last three games.

With Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers around, there's plenty of competition for ball-toting duties.  Akers was by far the most productive last Sunday scoring a touchdown while racking up 84 rushing yards on nine carries.

Akers seems to be trending upwards, which will undoubtedly hurt Henderson's fantasy value going forward.

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (80% Rostered)

Kenyan Drake is back with a vengeance.

The fifth-year back was expected to be in RB1 territory to start the season but was wildly underwhelming for the better part of the season. Now that he's apparently over his nagging injury issues, Kliff Kingsbury has been feeding him the rock. In the last three games, Drake has averaged 19 touches and has scored three touchdowns.

Chase Edmonds on the other hand, hasn't been given the opportunity to produce the kind of numbers that have him rostered in 80% of leagues. Since Drake has been healthy, Edmonds trails him in touches 57-27.

Last week against the Patriots, Edmonds had a total of 43 yards. The most telling stat, however, is Edmond's lack of redzone rushes. He had zero rushes inside the 20 on Sunday and has only nine in 2020. Drake is clearly the go-to guy when the field gets shorter and fantasy owners shouldn't expect that to change.

Edmonds will not only be fighting a losing battle for snaps next week against the Rams but will have to deal with Aaron Donald who is sure to terrorize the backfield. Edmonds will be a low-floor FLEX option unless Drake ends up on the injury report.

Wide Receiver

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Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (78% Rostered)

I know what you're thinking — "How could anyone in their right mind drop Antonio Brown?"

He's not the same Antonio Brown that fantasy owners used to love. Since reentering the league, he simply hasn't produced the big-time plays he was known for in a Steelers uniform.

Brown has been Tom Brady's fourth option in a star-studded receiving corps. Last week in the Buccaneer's loss to the Kansas City Tyreek Hills Chiefs, Brown caught two of three targets for 11 yards.

Since the polarizing receiver has been back in the fold, Brady has thrown 10 touchdown passes. Mike Evans has five of them, while Brown has gone scoreless. Brady's propensity to dink and dunk often leads to short-yardage situations near the endzone and Mike Evans is the most prolific wideout near the goal line in the NFL.

With Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski commanding Brady's attention, Brown hasn't had a chance to shine and remains a highly-volatile play for fantasy owners.

Will Fuller, Houston Texans (94% Rostered)

Will Fuller has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

The speedy wide receiver announced the news through an Instagram post, where he suggests he unknowingly took a PED and that he was prescribed the medication he believed was permitted.


This signals the end of the season for Fuller, who will sit out for the remaining five games for the Texans and one game next season. Fuller enters free agency this offseason, so he may have played his last game in a Texans uniform.

Fuller ends the season with 879 yards on 53 catches and eight touchdowns, all career-highs.

Brandin Cooks owners, rejoice. Former Fuller owners may want to look to Keke Coutee or the waiver wire for a replacement.

Tight End

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Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (40% Rostered)

With Chicago's quarterback situation currently in flux, Jimmy Graham has been underwhelming.

Whether it's Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky under center, Graham has been unable to manufacture usable fantasy stats for the better part of 2020.

Graham has failed to register more than 34 yards receiving in all but two games this season and in the last two outings, the veteran tight end has only brought in three catches on six targets.

Fantasy owners are better off playing the matchups as Graham is extremely touchdown dependent with struggling quarterbacks on the roster.

Check out the rest of our 2020 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

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