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2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List!

With Week 3 in the books, the season is still young. Despite the only being three weeks into the season, fantasy trends are beginning to form.

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 3 was filled with injuries big injuries. Most notably, the Panthers’ running back and the consensus first-overall pick, Christian McCaffrey, came up lame with a hamstring injury in his Thursday night clash against the Texans. A.J. Brown of the Titans also sustained a hamstring injury and could wind up on the injured reserve.

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 3 Injury Report.

Instead, we’ll take a look at players that are rostered in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues and start making some judgment calls.

If you’re looking for players to replace your drop candidates, check out our Week 4 Waiver Wire article.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List

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Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears (57% Rostered)

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The Chicago Bears made a change at quarterback ahead of Week 3, employing their 2021 tenth-overall pick, Justin Fields over veteran Andy Dalton. Dalton was ruled out of the Week 3 tilt with the Browns after being diagnosed with a bone bruise in his knee.

Fields had an opportunity to prove his mettle as a starter in Dalton’s absence but looked lost against a stout Cleveland defense. In the catastrophic start, Fields went 6 for 20 for only 68 yards. Not exactly what you’re looking for from Chicago’s franchise player.

Myles Garrett decimated the Browns’ O-Line, registering a whopping 4.5 sacks. The Browns had a total of nine sacks on Fields, who lacked the time and protection to dial up big plays.

When your quarterback is sacked more times than he threw completions, there’s a big problem.

Matt Nagy mentioned he’d be sticking with Dalton once he’s ready to play and Fields’ disastrous showing did nothing but cement this claim.

While it’s unclear that Dalton will be ready for Week 4, there’s a large possibility that Nick Foles will get the start against the Lions.

Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (56% Rostered)

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made it clear that Ronald Jones will not be their feature running back. 

Tampa Bay has utilized Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard more regularly than Jones through the first three weeks.

Against the Rams, Bernard played 33 snaps, mainly due to a game script that put rushing on the back burner. Bernard racked up nine catches on 10 targets in Week 3. Jones, on the other hand, was on the field for 12 plays, rushing five times for 11 yards.

Fournette has been the most used back for Tampa Bay, averaging 33 snaps per game. He’s also the most bruising runner of the trio and should likely command the most short-yardage and red zone looks.

While Ronald Jones had been productive in his role in the past, it seems as though he’s the odd-man-out in Tampa Bay’s backfield. 

Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (64% Rostered)

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Being on this list isn’t always an indictment on the player. Laviska Shenault is one of the best young receivers in the NFL, but he hasn’t exactly clicked with rookie QB Trevor Lawrence.

Shenault is the third most targeted receiver on the Jaguars, who have leaned heavily on former Detroit Lion, Marvin Jones. Jones has 17 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns so far this season and is Jacksonville’s clear WR1. Shenault has been used as a possession receiver and has just 95 yards on 13 scoreless catches.

The sophomore receiver caught all four targets for 48 yards in Week 3, but for a third week in a row, trailed both Jones and D.J. Chark in snaps. 

Based on the volume of snaps and Lawrence’s rocky start to the 2021 season, Shenault hasn’t been a viable option thus far. He’ll be a touchdown-dependant FLEX option at best, but there is a bevy of receivers likely on the waiver wire that can give fantasy managers more sustainable numbers.

I love Shenalut as a player, but I’m I don’t love the situation in Jacksonville.

Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (50% Rostered)

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Justin Herbert likes to air the ball out. With Mike Williams and Keenan Allen at his disposal, who wouldn’t?

Jared Cook however hasn’t been able to get into the endzone through the first three weeks and has just 10 receptions on the year. Cook is averaging just 37 yards per game and hasn’t really broken out with Williams, Allen, and Austin Ekeler commanding most of the team’s targets.

Cook’s giant frame could become useful in red zone situations, but Williams has been Herbert’s favorite target near the goalline and has 4 touchdowns on the season.

While the tight end talent pool is limited in the NFL, fantasy owners are better off playing favorable matchups instead.

Hotseat

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Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (64% Rostered)—  The Browns QB has thrown only two touchdowns in Cleveland’s run-heavy offense.

A.J. Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers (70% Rostered)—  A.J. Dillon has yet to top 19 yards in a single game this season, taking an obvious backseat to touchdown machine, Aaron Jones.

Will Fuller, WR, Miami Dolphins (66% Rostered)—  After missing the first two games of the season, Will Fuller was mediocre in his debut with Miami, reeling in three catches for 20 yards.



Jonnu Smith, TE, New England Patriots (61% Rostered)—  Jonnu Smith caught just one catch against the Saints for four yards on Sunday. Smith will have a tough matchup against the physically imposing Buccaneers defense in Week 4.


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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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