2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List

by Daniel Johnson
2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List

Another week, another Tuesday on the chopping block. I'm here with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List. And we've got some big names.

We're pass-catcher-heavy this week, and that's because there are so many lesser-owned assets worth replacing some assets who simply have more recognizable, hype-driven, hopeful names.

As is to be expected in a pass-heavy league, there reaches a certain point where there's a lack of parity between the WR25 and, for example, the WR42: Michael Thomas. I'd prefer Michael Thomas in my FLEX or on my bench over the three eligible names I list below.

Sharpen your knives. Let's get to cutting.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 5 Drop List

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Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons

We've officially reached that point. And I'm as bummed as you are. What an absolute waste of pass-catching talent, huh?

People thought that Pitts's nine-target Week 3 game might have suggested that his eight total targets across Weeks 1 and 2 were an anomaly. But his four targets in London certainly suggest the opposite, and exactly what we were all so concerned about.

It's not just about targets; his 18.26% percent target share isn't fantastic, but it's not absolutely atrocious either. But 121 receiving yards across 250 total air yards through four games is just not going to cut it. Neither are the 11 receptions. And what indications do we have that this is going to get better?

We simply don't. And other than all the hype about his freakish athleticism, we also have nothing to sink our teeth into. It's okay to cut bait.

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

It's unlikely many of you are starting Daniel Jones. But, at least in ESPN leagues, 66% of managers currently own him. He's rostered more than the following six quarterbacks who've scored significantly more points than he has:

There is absolutely nothing to like about the Giants's offense right now. And I'm not saying that all six of the above names are starting-caliber, either. But why are you rostering Jones, anymore? Last night's disaster on MNF should be the last straw, at least for a while.

He's not even worthy of bye-week-fill-in status. Until they patch their offensive line and figure out a way for Jones to get the ball to Darren Waller and his other playmakers, he's unrosterable.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Seattle Seahawks

I'm mostly including his name here because there was a lot of optimism about his role going into the season. It just hasn't developed.

We knew the Seahawks were going to be a run-first team with Kenneth Walker, but Pete Carroll intimated during the preseason that JSN would be thrust immediately into a starting, productive role. And while he's certainly been a starter, he hasn't been productive as a Fantasy asset by any means. Across four games so far, JSN has just 18.2 PPR points.

Worse still: he has generated a positively dismal 38 total air yards—19 fewer than his actual receiving yards. That means Geno Smith is really only looking for him in the underneath packages, which have never been where the Seahawks make their money. They run and go over the top.

The rookie luster has oxidized plenty for JSN. Cut him.

Quentin Johnston, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Similar to our buddy JSN up there, the rookie hype has faded a bit with Johnston.

It was indeed Joshua Palmer who saw increased volume in the wake of Mike Williams's absence. Admittedly, Herbert only threw the ball 24 times and completed 13 passes against the Raiders on Sunday, so the sample size is a little small.

Johnston, however, still only managed to garner three targets. He's only commanding a 7.5% target share across his first four professional weeks. And while he blows JSN's air yards out of the water with 110 of his own, Johnston has only converted them into 44 receiving yards.


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