2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List

by Tyler Mulligan
2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List!

With Bye-mageddon now over, it’s time to snap back to reality.

Many players who would otherwise have no business being on fantasy rosters were picked up this past week, in the hopes of not punting an entire week due to untimely byes.

Last week, a total of six teams were on bye. The Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys left many fantasy managers reeling, jumping to the waiver wire to fill in the enormous gaps left over.

Now that the dust has settled, we’ll head to the butcher shop. It’s time to trim the fat. 

2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List

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Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers (60% Rostered)

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Welcome back to reality. 

Sam Darnold showed his potential to start the season, being one of the most dominant fantasy quarterbacks through the first four weeks of the season. Since then, however, Darnold hasn’t lived up to the hype.

In fact, he’s arguably been a detriment to his team. So much so, head coach Matt Rhule benched the fourth-year quarterback after a dismal performance in Week 7 against the Giants. 

Darnold was embarrassed by a battered New York squad, amassing just 111 passing yards and an interception through three quarters. P.J. Washington took the place of Darnold and didn’t fare much better, but the biggest takeaway was well… takeaways.

Darnold has now thrown seven interceptions in his last four games and has only thrown four interceptions during that span.

Since losing the most dynamic piece of the Panthers offense, Christian McCaffrey, Carolina’s offense looks out of sorts. Darnold is bound to bounce back, but his ceiling looks to be hampered without having McCaffrey at his disposal.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns (79% Rostered)

Injuries are a big part of football. 

When Odell Beckham Jr. came back from an ACL tear in Week 3, there were hopes that he would put his previous ailment behind him. Unfortunately for Beckham Jr. and Browns fans, he doesn’t look like the OBJ who would make one-handed highlight-reel catches at the drop of a dime.

Apparently, the former New York Giant is also dealing with injuries in both of his shoulders. Instead of sitting out, Beckham has stated he’s not interested in having surgery done on his shoulders during the season.

With Case Keenum in the lineup after Baker Mayfield was held out due to injury, the veteran quarterback heavily targeted Jarvis Landry, who made five catches on eight targets in his return following a knee injury of his own.

This season, the 28-year-old Beckham Jr. has averaged just over 45.2 yards per game. This sort of production certainly won’t win championships.

Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers (61% Rostered)

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Robby Anderson has been a huge disappointment for fantasy owners this season and it’s not due to a lack of opportunity.

With 49 targets on the season, Anderson has had more than enough opportunity for fantasy success. However, his catch rate is atrociously low at 36.7 percent. Even with 49 targets, Anderson only has 18 catches through the first seven weeks. 

Part of Anderson’s low catch rate can be attributed to dropped passes. With six drops already this season, Anderson leads the NFL. 

Too bad dropped passes don’t equate to fantasy points.

Anderson is currently averaging a career-low 29.8 yards per game and his value as a viable flex option is increasingly dependant on scoring a touchdown. 

When you add in a struggling quarterback, Anderson’s upside looks bleak. Fantasy owners are better off scouting the wire for a more consistent option.

Damien Williams, RB, Chicago Bears (49% Rostered)

When Chicago running back David Montgomery was placed on the injured reserve, Damien Williams became one of the most popular waiver wire targets. 

In his first week as a starter, Williams didn’t disappoint, scoring a touchdown while taking RB1 duties for the Bears. Despite the solid day, Williams was outrushed by rookie Khalil Herbert.

In Week 6, Williams was forced to the sideline due to COVID protocols and Herbert took over. The youngster rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown while hauling in a pair of receptions. Herbert turned heads again in Week 7 rushing for 100 yards on Tampa Bay’s elite run defense.

Herbert stepped up in place of Williams and it doesn’t look like he has any intention of giving up his spot.

Until Montgomery is back in action, Herbert is the horse to back in the Windy City.

Hot Seat

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Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears (91% Rostered) — Through Week 7, Robinson is averaging under 36 yards per game. The passing offense under Justin Fields has looked out of sync and it has gravely affected Robinson's fantasy output.

Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals (41% Rostered) — In Arizona's dynamic offense, rookie Rondale Moore has become somewhat overlooked as of late. With veteran tight end Zac Ertz featured prominently in the Cardinal's scheme in his first game, Moore's looks to be the odd man out.

Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons (92% Rostered) — Cardarrelle Patterson out-touched Mike Davis 16-4 in Week 7 coming out of a bye week. This doesn't bode well for Davis' fantasy stock going forward.

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