Welcome to the Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List!
With Week 2 in the books, we’ve still only seen the tip of the iceberg with regards to Fantasy Football trends.
Even with a small sample size, however, it’s always a good idea to be proactive. Scouting the waiver wire is a prerequisite to winning a league and consequently, so is making drops.
Week 2 was filled with injuries including Jarvis Landry, Tua Tagovailoa, and Trey Sermon. For the most part, we’ll be excluding injured players from our drop list as they should automatically become IR stash/drop candidates.
Click here for a breakdown of injuries in the Week 2 Injury Report.
Instead, we’ll take a look at players that are rostered in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues and let the ax fall where it may.
If you’re looking for players to replace your drop candidates, check out our Week 3 Waiver Wire article.
2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List
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Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (67% Rostered)
After surprising the masses with a Week 1 shellacking of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the football world was high on Saints QB Jameis Winston. Winston threw for five touchdowns despite throwing for just 148 yards.
In Week 2, Winston’s production fell off a cliff. The 27-year-old went 11-22 with 111 yards and two interceptions. Winston did sneak into the endzone for a rushing touchdown, but the damage was already done from a fantasy standpoint.
The Week 2 Saints' total yardage of 159 yards was the lowest in the Sean Payton era. It was also the first time the Saints threw for under 151 yards in back-to-back games. Week 1 serves as an anomaly considering the five scores through the air.
It will be tough for Winston to bounce back in Week 3, considering he’ll be up against Bill Belichick’s ferocious New England defense, who picked off Zach Wilson four times.
As much as I’d like it to be a redemption year for Winston, it’s hard to believe the former Buccaneer will be able to fill Drew Brees’ gargantuan shoes.
Mark Ingram, RB, Houston Texans (64% Rostered)
The Houston Texans have surprised many already. Winning their Week 1 matchup against the Jaguars was somewhat unexpected. In Week 2, they were in contention to bust survivor pools when they trailed 24-21 against the skillful Cleveland Browns squad late in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, one of their downfalls was their inability to effectively rush the ball against Cleveland’s stout defensive front.
Mark Ingram rushed 14 times for 41 scoreless yards, averaging a dismal 2.9 yards per carry. His counterpart David Johnson was more effective as a ball carrier, running for 25 yards on just six carries. Ingram also reeled in one catch for a loss of one.
Ingram has carried the ball 40 times for the Texans through his first two games but has just 126 yards. Thus far, his 3.2 YPC is the lowest of his career.
Despite seeing ample action in the Texans backfield, Ingram has lacked explosiveness. An 11-yard jaunt is the biggest highlight to his underwhelming campaign. If the 31-year-old doesn’t start ripping off big gains, it will be a matter of time before David Johnson becomes the feature running back for the Texans.
Nelson Agholor, WR, New England Patriots (54% Rostered)
Week 1 was promising for Nelson Agholor, who caught five of seven targets for 72 yards and a touchdown. After a dazzling performance in the season opener and a juicy matchup against the lowly Jets, many fantasy owners bought into the hype.
Agholor disappointed against New York, reeling in three catches for just 21 yards.
Part of the issue is out of Agholor’s hands. Mac Jones, who is fitting into the game manager role well within the Patriots offense, is averaging just 6.8 yards per passing attempt despite a 73.9% completion percentage in his first two games as a pro.
Looking beyond the numbers shows Jones’ propensity to dink and dunk the ball down the field, as opposed to taking shots down the field. While it has worked for Jones and the Patriots thus far, this playstyle doesn’t necessarily translate to fantasy success.
Agholor is currently tied for third in targets and fourth in receptions on New England’s pass-averse offense will likely struggle to find the opportunity for home run plays that have bolstered his fantasy value in previous seasons.
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (53% Rostered)
Neither Hunter Henry nor Jonnu Smith, have emerged as Mac Jones’ favorite tight-end target so far this season. This is not good for fantasy owners.
Through two weeks, Henry has five catches on seven targets for 73 yards. Smith has nine catches on 10 targets for 70 yards.
Both players have the skillset to become viable fantasy options, but the combination of the two on the same roster is problematic. The two tight ends essentially cannibalize each other’s productivity.
Henry dominated the snap count and route share in Week 2, playing 49 snaps, running 26 routes, and seeing four targets. Smith played only 28 snaps and ran 12 routes, but was targeted by Jones five times.
Smith was limited in practice leading up to the AFC showdown versus the Jets. This accounts for a lack of snaps, but his target share was still higher than Henry’s despite having less than half the amount of routes run.
If Smith can remain healthy, he’s the horse to back in New England.
Joe Burrow – The Bengals signal-caller threw three interceptions on three consecutive pass attempts against the Bears on Sunday. Yikes.
Nyheim Hines – Hines only garnered two touches against the Rams and despite playing 25 snaps.
Kenny Golladay – The Giants receiver has just seven catches and 102 yards through the first two weeks. The former Detroit Lion showed his frustration as a verbal altercation that seemed to be directed at his QB, Daniel Jones, erupted in the sideline.
Gerald Everett – Everett caught just one pass against the Titans for a measly three yards. He’s now up to just four targets and three catches through two weeks but scored a touchdown in his Week 1 debut with the Seahawks.
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