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2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List!

Week 4 is in the books and the NFL landscape is predictably unpredictable.

The Philadelphia Eagles secured their first win of the season gaining the top spot in the NFC East.

The Browns dominated the star-studded Dallas Cowboys, hanging 49 points on the blue and white.

More importantly, the Tennessee Titans are currently out of commission, as their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within their roster.

While all this is important in determining the success of a fantasy football squad, so is keeping a steady rotation of waiver-wire pickups. To do so, making a sound choice on who to cut from your roster is of utmost salience.

Welcome to the house of flying daggers, it’s time to make some cuts.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List

Quarterback

Cam Newton, New England Patriots (91% Rostered)

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Cam Newton just tested positive for COVID-19, causing the Sunday match-up with the Super Bowl winners Kansas City Chiefs to be postponed to Monday night in order for the teams to get their ducks in a row.

Now that Newton has come down with the ailment, he’s an obvious drop candidate, but this isn’t the only reason to give Superman the snips.

Through three games this season, Newton has struggled to move the ball through the air, in an offense that lacks weapons. Newton’s two passing touchdowns on the year is met with a pair of interceptions and only 714 passing yards.

Not all of this is Cam’s fault, as he’s inherited an inept receiving corps that features a bunch of stiffs outside of Julian Edelman. When Rex Burkhead is your most targeted receiver (as he was in Week 3), you’ve got a problem on your hands.

Performance aside, Newton is looking doubtful for Week 5 against Denver as he’s required to test negative on two occasions before being allowed to step back on the field.

As entertaining and talented as he is, Newton is a safe drop in most leagues.

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (84% Rostered)

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Don’t get me wrong, I like me some Joe Burrow.

Burrow’s coming off his first NFL win, defeating Uncle Rico and the Jaguars, throwing for 300 yards and a touchdown.

He erupted in college last year, smashing records and leading the LSU Tigers to a National Championship.

He’s a good player and has the potential to live up to his hype coming out of college. Sometimes success in the league doesn’t translate to fantasy numbers.

Cincinnati has averaged 44.2 passes per game this year, the second most out of all teams, behind the Cowboys. Usually, this is a good sign for fantasy owners. However, in their one victory, they leaned on their running game. Burrow made a season-low in passing attempts.

Joe Mixon exploded last game for 181 total yards and three touchdowns. There’s a good chance they lean on their rushing attack going forward because they finally found success.

In Week 5, Burrow gets the toughest test of his short career, as he takes on the Baltimore Ravens, one of the most well-round defenses in the league.

As I mentioned before, Burrow is a stud, but his fantasy upside is limited. There are currently better options for fantasy owners.

Running Back

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins (77% Rostered)

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Myles Gaskin has solidified himself as the running back to own in Miami in terms of usage.

In Week 3, the second-year running back out of the University of Washington had 22 rushing attempts and five targets through the air. Last week, his usage suffered due to a game script that had the Dolphins playing from behind. With 10 ground attempts, he still out-worked all other running backs on the roster.

Gaskin has been getting the majority of touches, but he hasn’t been effective with his opportunities. Against the Seahawks, Gaskin’s 10 carries only yielded 40 yards, and he’s averaging just 48 rushing yards per game.

He’s also regularly being vultured at the goal line, with Jordan Howard swooping in for short-yardage situations.

The Dolphins also rank 24th in the league in points per game. More often than not, the game script will not be in favor of the rushing attack, as they’ll be playing from behind.



Gaskin is the best option in Miami, but that’s not saying much— owners can find better streaming options on the wire.

J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens (82% Owned)

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In Week 1, rookie running back J.K. Dobbins shined for the Ravens scoring two touchdowns in his first NFL game.

Since then, he’s been an afterthought in the high-powered Ravens offense.

In the three games since, he’s only attempted eight rushes while making six catches.

As good as the Ohio State product has looked when given the opportunity, the crowded backfield that includes Gus Edwards and Pro-Bowler Mark Ingram has led to Dobbins sitting on the bench for a majority of games. On top of that, a large number of rushes get eaten up by Lamar Jackson.

Dobbins is a solid player to have in dynasty leagues because he’ll eventually get his time to shine. In most leagues, however, his usage within the Ravens offense doesn’t warrant ownership.

Wide Receiver

Darius Slayton, New York Giants (80% Rostered)

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A drop list wouldn’t be complete without featuring at least one player from the NFC East.

The worst-of-the-worst, New York Giants, are 0-4 to begin the season after losing their premier running back, Saquon Barkley.

While a poor season was to be expected from the Giants, their offense is dead-last in the NFL, averaging an abysmal 11.8 points per game. In an NFL that has been higher scoring than ever, this lack of scoring is a big red flag.

Darius Slayton, the current WR1 in the Big Apple, started with a bang. His Week 1 performance was excellent, scoring a pair of touchdowns while reeling six catches for 102 yards.

Since then, however, Slayton hasn’t been able to gain traction, totaling nine catches over the following three games for no touchdowns.

With Sterling Shepard sidelined, fantasy owners had high hopes for Slayton. But with Barkley also out, the Giants offense has been unbalanced and unable to get a sustained offense rolling.

Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos (70% Owned)

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Jerry Jeudy, in my opinion, is the best receiving prospect to have entered the NFL this year. It was a stacked receiving class that included also CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs.

Jeudy, the 2018 Fred Biletnikoff award winner for the most outstanding receiver in college football, had his best game of the season in Week 4, scoring his first career touchdown.

He also only had two catches. Despite having a relatively high volume of targets, Jeudy only has 14 catches through his first four games. These numbers just don’t cut it in fantasy football.

It’s not all Jeudy’s fault. The QB situation in Denver is currently in flux. With starter Drew Lock sidelined with a shoulder injury, Denver has looked to Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien for answers.

Driskel and Rypien are inexperienced and have struggled at the NFL level. Rypien led Denver to their first win of the season, but it was against the lowly New York Jets and he threw a trio of picks in the process.

It’s unclear when Lock will be back, but Jeudy is a lock to drop especially in PPR leagues.

Tight End

Evan Engram, New York Giants (84% Rostered)

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We’re back to the NFC Least— in particular the Giants.

Daniel Jones has struggled immensely amid the injures to his key weapons Barkley and Shepard.

As a result, New York’s TE1, Evan Engram, has seen a higher volume of targets.

His problem is that he’s not catching his targets. Whether it’s the fault of Engram or Jones, Engram has only caught 17 of the 30 balls that have come his way. He’s also only totaled 131 yards and zero touchdowns.

One of the fastest tight ends in the league, Engram is usually able to rip off large gains by running seam routes. This year, the former first-round pick has only one catch over 20 yards.

The Giants offense is so limited that they’re not able to support a high-end pass-catcher like Engram, and his value has dropped off a cliff.



Don’t expect Daniel Jones to suddenly figure out the key to success. Currently, all his potential weapons are disarmed and it’s unlikely Engram will see any sort of fantasy success going forward.


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About Tyler Mulligan

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

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