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2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Drop List

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Drop List!

Football is finally back.

In the seven months since the Super Bowl, the world has changed immensely. The fact that sports are back, brings a semblance of normalcy that we’ve been longing for.

Still, things are different. Players and coaches are seen sporting protective masks. Stadiums are mostly empty. Civil rights slogans are prominently featured on uniforms of players and personnel. Tom Brady is no longer a Patriot.

Regardless of the abundance of changes to the world we live in, some things remain the same. In fantasy football, unfortunately, this means there are many disappointments.

But don’t fret! With the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Drop List, we’ll go through the players that are drop candidates, so you can be proactive in limiting fantasy-related sorrow early in the 2020 season.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Drop List

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Quarterback

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns had arguably the toughest matchup to start off the year. Baltimore is stacked across the board.

Not only do the Ravens have the reigning MVP and Madden cover athlete Lamar Jackson at the helm, but they also have an extremely stout defense that averaged 1.5 turnovers per game in 2019.

Mayfield threw for only 188 yards, one score and a pick in his 2020 debut. While the performance was lukewarm, it can be attributed to his lack of ability to make plays while under pressure.

All game long, the pocket collapsed and the 2018 first-overall draft pick struggled immensely. Even with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry split out wide, he had trouble getting the ball into his playmaker’s hands.

Part of this was due to losing newly-acquired left tackle, Jedrick Wills to a leg injury. Even though Wills’s MRI came back negative, there’s a real chance the Browns’ 2020 first-rounder could miss time. If this happens, it’ll be tough for Mayfield to get in a rhythm.

Baker will get the Bengals in Week 2, and while he should bounce back, he’s better left on the bench — better yet, the waiver wire.

Wide Receiver

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals started the 2020 season with a statement, defeating last year’s NFC champions, the San Francisco 49ers, in a tightly contested matchup, 24-20.

This game came down to the wire, and Kyler Murray showed why he was the first-overall pick from a year ago. With 91 rushing yards and 230 passing yards, the sophomore quarterback rose to the occasion to squeak out a victory against Jimmy Garappolo and co.

Murray has new blood in the receiving corps and boy, does he ever like his new weapon.

DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded by the Houston Texans during the offseason, appears to be right up to speed with his new squad. Hopkins saw a whopping 40% of Murray’s passes come his way against the Niners. As a result, he feasted— reeling in 14 catches (16 targets) for 151 yards and narrowly missing a touchdown.

Christian Kirk, on the other hand, seemed to be the odd-man-out in Arizona’s offense. He and future hall-of-famer Larry Fitzgerald both saw five targets. The sure-handed Fitz caught four of those passes, while Kirk completely struck out and was unable to secure a single target.

The donuts on the stat line might be a one-off, but one thing is for sure— as long as Hopkins is in Arizona, he’s the beast to feed.

Expect Hopkins to continue to post monster lines, while Kirk falls into obscurity.

Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans

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DeShaun Watson is certainly missing the aforementioned Hopkins. In the season premiere, Watson and the Texans seemed a step behind for the majority of the game against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

This was to be expected, as the Chiefs have one of the most talented lineups in all of football.

What wasn’t necessarily expected was the Texans receiving corps to be completely out of sorts to begin the year.

Kenny Stills, who was expected to be the third receiving threat for Watson, particularly looked behind the eight-ball. Only seeing a trio targets from Watson, he had two drops.


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With the lack of OTA’s and shortened training camps, it’s expected for some of the players to be rusty,  but Stills’ poor showing doesn’t bode well for fantasy owners. He’s already behind Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks. After Thursday’s showing, Randall Cobb likely slides into the WR3 role.

Pass on Stills. There are better players to throw on the bench than him at this point. His regression is visible, and his play is a far cry from his days in Miami.

Running Back

Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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Now that Todd Gurley is out of Los Angeles, many have thought that Darrell Henderson’s value would skyrocket.

In reality, however, Henderson’s fantasy value has taken a beating over the offseason and throughout the preseason.

Firstly, the Rams selected a versatile running back in Cam Akers with their top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Next, Henderson was sidelined for over two weeks in an already truncated training camp after suffering a hamstring injury.

Although he returned to practice in the days leading up to the season opener, Henderson’s usage was abysmal. The former University of Memphis star only rushed the ball three times for six yards in the Rams’ 20-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Meanwhile, while Henderson was held out of action, Los Angeles relied heavily on their veteran ball carrier, Malcolm Brown.

Brown had 110 total yards from scrimmage and punched in two rushing touchdowns. Brown’s ability to break tackles and fall forward was evident, and if anybody is going to nod while in goal-line situations, it must be Brown.

Akers also ascertained 15 touches on the day. While he wasn’t overly efficient with his opportunities, he was solid enough to see usage down the stretch when the game was on the line.

Because of the crowded backfield, it seems that Henderson is the odd-man-out in the City of Angels. Fantasy owners can find better options on the waiver wire.

Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans

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When the Texans got rid of DeAndre Hopkins, they received David Johnson from the Cardinals. Johnson, who was considered one of the most lethal fantasy weapons a few short years ago, is looking to rejuvenate his career after multiple disappointing seasons.

Johnson appears to be back with a vengeance, posting 77 yards on 11 rushes and a trip to the end zone. He also caught three of four targets for 33 yards through the air.

Duke Johnson, on the other hand, seemed to play second fiddle. His 18 yards on just four carries shouldn’t sit well for fantasy owners, especially considering he received zero targets in the passing game.

Duke’s lack of usage can be attributed to his departure in the first-half for an apparent sprained ankle. On Monday, Johnson wasn’t spotted at practice and his outlook for Week 2 looks bleak.

Not only was Duke outperformed by his teammate David Johnson, but his injury status is also up in the air. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere in order to generate fantasy production.

Tight End

Tyler Eifert, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

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While playing for the Bengals in 2015, Tyler Eifert was targeted 74 times. He turned those targets into 52 receptions for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns.

This was an eternity ago. Now in 2020, the once-dominant Eifert has slipped into obscurity thanks to a plethora of injuries since that Pro-Bowl caliber season.

Now playing for the Jaguars, it’s hard to imagine a restoration of his previous prowess.

Even though noted free beer savior Gardner Minshew completed 19 of 20 passes to upset the Colts, his use of tight ends was nearly non-existent. Minshew only targeted tight ends twice (one to Eifert) resulting in an eight-yard reception.

With Laviska Shenault Jr., D.J. Chark, and Keelan Cole likely to dominate Minshew’s targets, the tight ends in Jacksonville will continue to be afterthoughts in the passing game.


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Eifert should be an afterthought for fantasy managers as well.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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