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2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List


Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List!

We’re nearing the middle of the regular season, which means fantasy playoffs are on the horizon.

It’s time to make a push for fantasy hardware, but where to start?

The first step is trimming the fat on your roster so that you can make room for fantasy studs. With the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List, we’ll take a look at some drop candidates fantasy owners can give the snips.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List

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Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (47% Rostered)

I like free beer as much as the next guy. At the same time, I like winning championships.

As fun as it is to see an NFL star actively get involved in fantasy football, it’s time for fantasy owners to wake up— Gardner Minshew is a mediocre quarterback on a weak team.

Talk has been swirling around Minshew’s status as the top man in Jacksonville. After losing his sixth straight game and heading into a bye week, it’s a perfect time to ready the replacement, Mike Glennon.

Minshew’s 6.9 yards per pass attempt ranks 24th in the NFL. It’s also an indicator of the lack of big-play potential of the offense, which is vital to fantasy viability. Outside of DJ Chark, the Jaguars offense doesn’t have any home-run hitters, which also hurts Minshew’s upside.

It’s time to get sober and put down the free beers.

Cam Newton, New England Patriots (87% Rostered)

Cam Newton has been on this list before.

The lack of weapons, combined with a struggling offensive line has been troublesome for the former MVP. Sprinkle in a bout with COVID-19 and you’ve got a full-blown nightmare on your hands.

Newton was pulled from Sunday’s contest against the Washington Football Team after throwing three interceptions on just 15 attempts.

In 2020, Newton has only two passing touchdowns while throwing seven interceptions. On top of that, he’s only topped 162 yards passing once this year.

Jarrett Stidham has been called upon twice this season in relief of Newton and it’s just a matter of time until he’s crowned QB1 in New England.

Running Back

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Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (46% Rostered)

On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills pulled out a win against their division rivals New York Jets without scoring a touchdown.

This is as much of an indictment against Buffalo’s offensive production as it is against the New York Jets as an organization.

Nevertheless, the Bills pulled out a win, despite having a pedestrian rushing game from both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss.

Moss rushed for 47 yards on seven carries while hauling in three catches for 25 yards. The 47 ground yards were a season-high from the rookie out of Utah.

The issue lies within the time-share in Buffalo’s backfield. On any given night, Sean McDermott’s play-calling could lead to the usage of Singletary, T.J. Yeldon, or Moss. This unpredictability doesn’t bode well for owners of Moss, who have been largely disappointed though out the fantasy season.

While the Bills rushing situation is volatile, the running back to own is Singletary.

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers (64% Rostered)

Justin Jackson rushed for a measly twelve yards on Sunday against a weak Jacksonville defense. He also reeled in five catches for 43 yards on six targets, saving face in PPR leagues. The targets and receptions tied season-highs for Jackson, but his inability to break for long gains remains apparent.

Jackson is fighting for snaps with fellow running back Joshua Kelley, who out-touched Jackson 17-10 on Sunday.

While Austin Ekeler remains sidelined, it’s prudent for fantasy owners to lean toward Kelley as his higher rate of usage is bound to yield better results.

Wide Receiver

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Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (50% Rostered)

Marvin Jones is now on the wrong side of thirty, and his age is catching up with him.

Although he easily had his best outing of the season on Sunday, where he caught five of his six targets for eighty yards, he’s largely been an afterthought in the Detroit Lions offense.

Kenny Golladay is the clear-cut WR1 in Motor City while Danny Amendola has out-produced Jones in terms of receiving yards 270 to 226.

Jones is averaging 37.7 yards per game, which is the lowest since his rookie year in 2012. This is after easily his best game of the season— in the two previous games, the former fifth-round pick had three catches for 17 yards.

Jones and the Lions face a stout Colts defense next Sunday, and he can’t be trusted as a viable fantasy option.

Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars (38% Rostered)

In Weeks 4 and 5, Jacksonville’s talented rookie receiver, Laviska Shenault, seemed to be turning a corner. The physical wideout made 12 catches while erupting for 170 scrimmage yards.

Since then, the University of Colorado product has been extremely underwhelming, averaging just 27 receiving yards per game.

Shenault is also competing with DJ Chark and Keelan Cole for targets, both of whom have found the end zone three times, while Shenault has only hit pay dirt once.

Although he has the potential to become a serviceable receiver, the aforementioned uncertainty around Gardner Minshew doesn’t bode well for Shenault.

He’s a clear drop in most non-dynasty leagues.

Tight End

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Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (45% Rostered)

What else could go wrong for the Cowboys?

They employ the lousiest defense in the NFL. Dak Prescott, who was the top-rated fantasy quarterback had a blood-curdling season-ending injury. Then Andy Dalton was knocked out of Sunday’s matchup with the Washington Football Club due to an egregious late tackle.

The following tweet aptly encompasses the Cowboys current season:

While the wheels are falling off in Dallas, Dalton Schultz’s numbers have also taken a nosedive.

In Week 2, Schultz caught nine passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. In Week 4, Schultz had four receptions for 72 yards and another score. The last three contests, however, have only resulted in a total of seven catches for 63 yards.

It’s hard to imagine Schultz turning it around anytime soon, especially with one of the best receiving trios taking up a huge target share and potentially a third-string quarterback.

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers (73% Rostered)

When Adams was held out of the lineup for two games, his absence opened the door for Robert Tonyan. The third-year tight end racked up 148 yards on eleven catches and scored four touchdowns in the two games Adams was sidelined.

Now that Aaron Rodgers has his favorite receiver back in the fold, it’s unlikely Tonyan will see the sort of usage fantasy owners became accustomed to.

Adams caught 13 of 16 targets against Houston for 196 yards and two scores this past Sunday. It’s clear that the three-time Pro Bowler will be eating a huge share of the targets going forward.

Fantasy owners are safe to drop Tonyan as his stock dropped as soon as Adams put on a helmet.

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

About Tyler Mulligan

Tyler is a multimedia sports journalist from Toronto, Canada. He's a contributor for Fantasy Six Pack and an analyst at Pro Football Focus. His main areas of focus are football, hockey and basketball, but his heart lies in fantasy sports.

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