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2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List!

Another week is in the books and the main theme thus far has been injuries. The injuries keep pouring in, changing the fantasy football landscape one ailment at a time.

Injuries are one of the main reasons to get rid of a player from your squad. We’ll be looking at some of the players who you should drop based on previous performance, offensive schemes, and estimated return on investment as opposed to season-ending injuries.

With that being said, it’s time to sharpen those knives and trim the fat from your fantasy roster.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List

Quarterback

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Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (78% Rostered)

The Eagles have been abysmal to begin their 2020 campaign.

After dropping their first two contests of the season, Week 3 seemed like it should have been a walk in the park. They had a winless Bengals squad, led by a rookie quarterback.

Unfortunately for Eagles fans, they were unable to secure the win, ultimately tying Cincinnati. Luckily for the Eagles players, Lincoln Financial Field was without fans, otherwise, there would have been hell to pay.

Nonetheless, Philadelphia’s sub-par season can largely be attributed to Philly’s golden boy, Carson Wentz. He’s thrown six interceptions, while only throwing for three touchdowns through the first three weeks.

Wentz may have to play without a known band-aid, DeSean Jackson, who went down with a hamstring injury last weekend in Philadelphia. Even though Jackson’s injury isn’t considered serious, his injury-plagued history doesn’t bode well for Wentz.

Without Jackson, Greg Ward emerged as the top target, proving the sheer lack of depth the Eagles have at the receiver position.

It’s time to move on from Wentz, who will have an even tougher time against San Fransisco’s stout defense.

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (60% Rostered)

The Titans sit atop of the AFC South, with the only undefeated record in the division. As a team, all cylinders are firing.

Last week against the struggling Minnesota Vikings, Tannehill managed to throw for 321 yards — his highest total of the season. Despite eclipsing the 300-yard mark for the first time this year, Tannehill went scoreless through the air and threw an interception.

Tannehill might be undefeated on the season, but a large part of the Titans’ offense is centered around their bell-cow running back, Derrick Henry.

Henry has the most rushing attempts out of any player through three weeks (82), averaging over 27 runs per game. The bruiser leads the NFL in rushing yards as well, with 319.

As long as Henry is healthy, he will be the life-blood of the Tennessee offense. Tannehill on the other hand, has a tough schedule ahead of him. He’ll be facing the elite Pittsburgh Steelers defense in Week 4 before taking on the undefeated Buffalo Bills in Week 5.

Tannehill has been excellent as a Titan, posting a 10-3 record since joining in 2019. This doesn’t always translate to fantasy results, and he’ll have his toughest tests in the upcoming weeks.

The 32-year-old is a poor streaming candidate going forward and worthy of a drop.

Running Back

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Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams (59% Rostered)

The young coaching prodigy Sean McVay is known for his unpredictable play calling and creative offensive schemes.

The fantasy outlook for the Rams running backs is equally unpredictable.

After being the top waiver wire add following Week 1, Malcolm Brown has been inexplicably overtaken as the back to own for the Rams. In the first game of the season, Brown had 21 touches for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Since then, he has only mustered 66 scrimmage yards and hasn’t reeled in a catch.

Even with rookie running back Cam Akers sidelined against the Bills, McVay opted to rely heavily on Darrell Henderson, who proved to be an effective multi-purpose weapon. Henderson has hit the 120-yard mark for a second-straight week, out touching Brown 35-19 in that time frame.

With the unexpected play-calling by McVay, it’s tough to be excited about any of the running backs in Los Angeles. However, if you’re in a position to pick one, it shouldn’t be Brown.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (69% Rostered)

Sometimes things are just too good to be true. Nyheim Hines’ production in Week 1 was exactly that.

After putting up a solid stat line in Week 1, Hines has fallen off the map. In the past two weeks, the former fourth-round selection has averaged 3.5 carries to go 2.5 receptions per game.

Hynes’ two-touchdown performance against Jacksonville in Week 1 was likely a one-off. With Marlon Mack sidelined for the year, it’s the rookie Jonathan Taylor’s backfield. Unless Taylor ends up on the injured reserve, fantasy owners can do without Hines.

Wide Receiver

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DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (61% Rostered)

A true burner, DeSean Jackson has the potential to take over any football game.

He’s also been one of the biggest boom-or-bust fantasy targets for several years. When he’s healthy, his speed allows him to break through the secondary en route to monster gains.

He’s also rarely healthy.

While his hamstring issue is considered non-serious, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be effective going in the Eagles’ injury-riddled offense, led by a struggling quarterback.

Wentz has been horrible to start the year and part of the problem is the offensive line that has been held together by thumbtacks because of injury. In order for Jackson to be effective, he needs Wentz to have time in the pocket. The Philadelphia O-Line has been a sieve.

Jackson is a volatile FLEX option at best, but it’s probably better to move on from the injury-plagued veteran.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (89% Rostered)

Dropping A.J. Green might be a stretch— but hear me out.

Joe Burrow targeted Green heavily in the first two games. The 22 targets were only met with eight receptions by Green for a total of 80 yards.

Out of Burrow’s 44 attempts against the Eagles, only six went to Green, resulting in a measly 36 yards. A 13.6% target share was a step in the wrong direction for Green. Fantasy owners can expect Tyler Boyd and rookie Tee Higgins to continue to receive a higher volume of targets.

The Bengals will continue to rely on their youthful bunch of receivers and fantasy owners will have to look outside of Green to receive consistent production.

Tight End

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Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (57% Rostered)

One mistake fantasy managers make when drafting is being wooed by big-name players, regardless of their production.

Rob Gronkowski is a perfect example of a player that people targeted because of his fame.

After a year-long hiatus, Gronk is back. While wearing the pewter and red, he looks like a shell of his former self. The numbers also indicate his demise as a relevant fantasy option.

While Week 3 was his best to date, he’s still lagging behind in an explosive Buccaneer offense. Through three weeks, Gronk has only been targeted 11 times by Tom Brady, resulting in eight catches for 59 yards.

Sorry Gronk; it’s time you get the snips.

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (53% Rostered)

Even with David Njoku sidelined with a knee injury, Austin Hooper’s stock has been dropping.

Battling with rookie TE Harrison Bryant for targets, the former Falcon doesn’t seem to have the opportunity for fantasy production. The Browns’ low-volume passing offense simply doesn’t target tight-ends often. With Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. split wide and an elite backfield, it makes sense that Baker Mayfield won’t be looking Hooper’s way often.

Through three weeks, Hooper has only been targeted on 10 occasions, resulting in seven catches for 63 yards.



Hooper is expendable at this point in the season, with numerous streaming options on the wire.


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About Tyler Mulligan

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

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