2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List

by Tyler Mulligan
2020 fantasy football Week 9 drop list

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List!

Another week is in the books and the playoffs are on the horizon. 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 instead of season-ending injuries.

With that being said, it's time to grab your axe and start chopping.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List

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Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (57% Rostered)

Teddy Bridgewater had a juicy matchup against the porous Atlanta Falcons defense this past Thursday. With bye weeks for a number of top quarterbacks, many fantasy owners decided to take a flyer on Bridgewater.

Unfortunately for said owners, Bridgewater produced a fantasy dud on route to his third-straight loss.

Bridgewater threw for 176 yards, which was his lowest of the season while throwing a single touchdown and an interception. This brings his touchdown/interception ratio to 8:5 through eight weeks.

Bridgewater has been struggling with the deep ball all season long, and this week he was more conservative than usual, electing to utilize check-down options for the majority of his 15 completions.

Without Christian McCaffery in the lineup, fantasy owners would think DJ Moore would have an increased role, but Bridgewater only managed to find the young receiver late in the fourth quarter.

Fantasy owners should look elsewhere if they want anything but mediocre QB numbers.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (87% Rostered)

In Sunday’s primetime matchup of the NFC East “leaders,” Carson Wentz was up against a Dallas defense that has been in shambles as of late.

Wentz and the Eagles managed to pull out the win but Dallas’ third-string quarterback, Ben DiNucci, was in a position to win late in the game.

A big reason he had a chance was because of Wentz. The Eagles quarterback threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles in the game. While the Philadelphia offense has been bitten by the injury bug this season, Wentz only threw for 123 yards. Throwing for two touchdowns bring his total to 12. He also has a total of 16 turnovers through eight games.

Do yourself a favor and leave Wentz on the waiver wire, even if the matchup seems enticing.

Running Back

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LaMical Perine, New York Jets (41% Rostered)

The Jets are arguably the worst team in the NFL.

Head coach Adam Gase has caught heat over numerous questionable decisions, including the release of All-Pro caliber running back, Le’Veon Bell.

Since the messy breakup between Gase and Bell, rookie running back Lamical Perine was expected to take the reigns of the New York backfield. Gase and the elder statesman of the Jets backfield, Frank Gore, have other ideas.

Last week against Kansas City, the 37-year-old Gore out-carried Perine 10-8. It's baffling that an 0-8 team is leaning on a senior citizen for rushing, but Perine’s production hasn’t helped his case.

Perine rushed for 27 yards on eight carries against the Chiefs, which was his second-highest rushing output of the season. Averaging 25 yards per game simply doesn’t cut it in fantasy football.

In order for Perine to be viable in fantasy leagues, he’ll require goal line touches because without scoring touchdowns, the rookie out of Florida is useless on most rosters.

Unless the allowance of Dowell Loggains to call the offensive plays drastically changes the script going forward, Perine will continue to produce at a level far below average.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (44% Rostered)

Dalvin Cook is healthy and showed no signs of rust coming off a two-week hiatus due to an injury as well as a bye week.

Cook exploded for 226 yards from scrimmage as the Minnesota Vikings upset the Green Bay Packers 28-22. He also had four touchdowns becoming the first player since Ahmad Rashad to score four touchdowns in a Viking uniform.

As a result, Alexander Mattison took a backseat. In fact, the entire Vikings offense took a backseat to Cook on Sunday.

Mattison had three rushes for eight yards. The dismal performance is obviously attributed to Cook’s overwhelming usage. Going forward, if Minnesota wants to sneak into the playoffs, they’ll need to rely on their premiere back.

Mattison has the potential to shine if Cook gets injured, but at this point in the season, he’s only viable as a handcuff option.

Wide Receiver

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Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders (48% Rostered)

Who doesn’t love a fast wide receiver?

They can stretch the defense, outrun defensive backs for monster gains and post big-time fantasy numbers.

Sometimes with burners, however, inconsistency can hurt fantasy owners.

I’m not saying Henry Ruggs is one-dimensional, but he hasn’t been able to break-out on a consistent basis. His best game was a 118-yard performance on just two catches. This is the definition of boom or bust.

On Sunday, Ruggs saw four targets for the first time since Week 1. To the dismay of fantasy owners, he only managed to catch two of Derek Carr’s passes for eight yards.

With the playoffs looming, fantasy owners can’t afford to roll the dice on the Alabama alumnus and can find stable production on the waiver wire.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (65% Rostered)

A few years ago, T.Y. Hilton was considered an elite wide receiver.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Since Andrew Luck retired seemingly out of nowhere, Hilton hasn’t been the same.

The former third-round pick for the Colts peaked in 2016, where he taught 91 passes for 1,448 yards. From 2013-2018 Hilton saw at least 109 targets in every season. Since then, he’s been battling through injuries and hasn’t hit the same strides as he did with Luck at the helm.

Hilton’s injury woes continued Sunday against the Lions. In the third quarter, the veteran wideout left the game with a groin injury and didn’t return.

Regardless of the injury issues, Hilton’s fantasy potential is impacted heavily by Philip Rivers’ propensity to spread the wealth. Against the Lions, Rivers completed a pass to 11 players, none of whom reeled in more than three catches.

Hilton is averaging just over 35 yards per game and hasn’t made a trip to the end zone in 2020. It’s time to look to the waiver wire for salvation.

Tight End

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (65% Rostered)

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With Zach Ertz—one of the best possession tight ends in the NFL— still sidelined as a result of an ankle injury, Dallas Goedert had the opportunity to rack up solid fantasy numbers.

Instead, he caught one pass for 15 yards, despite being on the field for 84.8% of Philadelphia’s offensive snaps. Unfortunately for the third-year tight end, his quarterback couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.

Goedert and the Eagles are on bye in Week 9, giving an injured Ertz a chance to make his way back to the lineup.

Right now is the time to move on Goedert and find usable talent on the waiver wire.

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