It's time to start getting ruthless with your bench spots. Such is the spirit of the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List.
It's not a guarantee, but I'd be willing to bet some of the worst offenses in the league so far are going to stay bad for at least another few weeks. And, depending on your record, you might not be in a position to afford holding out bench spots for underperformers anymore. You might just be plum tired of watching them stink.
Below are four names I'm cutting wherever I can. See what you think.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Drop List
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Kadarius Toney, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
That fumble is surprising, Kadarius Toney is normally so sure-handedpic.twitter.com/AAM0luufOP
— Scott Spratt (@Scott_Spratt) September 17, 2023
A name I hope I never need to include on a list that suggests it was worth rostering ever again. I'm through with Toney. He's just the latest in another long line of players whose talent will just never translate to Fantasy production.
Blame it on the Kelce-centric Chiefs offense that seems to be thriving this year in Mahomes only using his wideouts as ancillary characters in its story. Blame it on his soft tissue injury history catching up to him, even at the ridiculously-young age of 24.
Blame it on whatever you want. But it's time to cut bait. Through three games, he has a total of 35 air yards and a 9.03% target share. That's just not gonna hack it.
He's not worthy of even your last bench spot.
Dalvin Cook, RB, New York Jets
??12 total yards
Was brought in to help get the Rodgers led Jets over the hump but now he’s just an over the age apex RB on a meh offense
DROP (in shallow redraft)
SELL (if you can in dynasty)pic.twitter.com/PmRHblxsQD
— Matty Kiwoom (@MattyKiwoom) September 19, 2023
Wild to think about how much a player's value can plummet in just a few weeks, right? We always knew the offensive line in New York was suspect, but we expected Aaron Rodgers to be able to buoy the Jets's offensive weapons in spite of that. And then, of course, the injury.
I'm suggesting dropping Cook over Breece Hall here for a few reasons. Hall has consistently matched or out-carried Cook all three weeks. Cook has an injury history to be concerned about, and, in running back years, he's getting ancient. He just doesn't have the extra gear we've seen out of Breece on the rare occasions either of them has broken off a long run.
I'm just not sure the Jets are going to figure anything out this year. Saleh keeps banging the Zach Wilson drum any chance he gets, and that hasn't historically bidden well for Fantasy production out of any Jets player.
It feels like any free agent running back who goes to the Jets does so to disappoint. I don't foresee Cook returning any more value than a bye week fill-in going forward.
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears
— Devon Clements (@DevclemNFL) September 24, 2023
I guess I'm just not sure what we're hanging onto, here. It's a clear timeshare between Herbert and Roschon Johnson in the Chicago backfield, and for good reason. Johnson's shown flashes of life that Herbert just hasn't yet. But that's not the real issue, right?
The Bears are in a truly mortifying spiral right now. They very well may be the worst team in the league this year. And, organizationally, it's all coming undone. Even a proven improviser like Justin Fields can't worm his way into solid Fantasy production because of this offensive scheme. Are we really expecting Herbert to do so?
I'm not. I wasn't exactly high on him coming into the year, either. It's my gut that's telling me to hold onto Roschon Johnson over Herbert, but I have no problem with you dropping either. Or both.
Samaje Perine, RB, Denver Broncos
I guess the theme of this week (save for Toney) is dropping running backs in committees from teams with unwatchable offenses. Enter: Samaje Perine.
Billed as a sneaky-savvy draft pick coming into the season—what with Javonte Williams's uncertainty in terms of health and production—Perine might be suffering the most of any Denver player as the ship keeps sinking.
He did post 11.8 PPR points in Week 1, and has been involved in the passing game, so I understand why you might want to hang onto him. But there are some high-value waiver targets this week that are better positioned for Fantasy success than Perine going forward.
I don't think anyone's going to race to the wire to grab him if you drop him.
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