2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List

by Daniel Johnson
2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List

For the ninth time this year, we've reached chopping-block Tuesday. Which means we've got a large enough sample size to be a little more ruthless, a shade more fast-and-loose when assessing candidates for the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List.

Week 8 saw us with no byes, but we'll have plenty to deal with in Week 9 and onward. Folks are about to have to start making tough decisions with who they hold onto on their benches.

So, this week, I've got puzzlingly-still-owned names for you to toss overboard. Let's get it.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List

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Luke Musgrave, TE, Green Bay Packers

Why do I feel, like, bad including Luke Musgrave on this list? Maybe it's because it's really less about his talent and more about a Packers offense that is seemingly experiencing an identity crisis. A scheme-and-personnel-wide problem made worse by its inconsistency at quarterback. More on Jordan Love later.

I liked Musgrave coming into the year, and I think he's just as tough and athletic as his fellow NFC North breakout tight end Sam LaPorta. But the volume is not there. And when it has been there, Musgrave has either taken tough hits and gotten injured, or been relegated to blocking duty.

I would bet you could get Taysom Hill or Trey McBride (still, maybe?) in standard leagues on the waiver wire right now. Both are guys I'd stash more than Musgrave. We need to see way more out of Jordan Love before Musgrave is at all startable again.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, New England Patriots

The Patriots are 2-6, and even as the offense is floundering, it's Rhamondre Stevenson who seems to be gaining momentum (albeit not much) as the season rolls on. Elliott isn't even a change-of-pace back. He's just there for when Stevenson needs a breather.

And even though they're very often playing from behind, the Patriots do stick to their identity and run the ball. But it's not Elliott who's out there, because he's lost almost all his lateral quickness and thus is useless to Bill O'Brien in the run/pass option game.

Elliott is still shockingly rostered in about 25% of ESPN leagues right now. I understand his appeal as a bye-week-fill-in who might fall into the end zone. But that's his ceiling. And thus, he's droppable.

Treylon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans

So Burks's role in this offense might change a bit if Will Levis gets the keys to Nashville from Mike Vrabel. Which seems a likely eventuality, given that Levis threw for as many touchdowns in his first NFL game as Tannehill has thrown all season. Levis, quite simply, was electric.

And yet none of that voltage made its way to Burks, who practiced most of the week and started yesterday's game after dealing with a knee injury the past few weeks. He had zero catches on two targets.

Admittedly, he was only on the field for around 50% of the Titans's offensive snaps. But, even if Levis invigorates this passing offense, Burks is worth stashing until we see it. He's likely to be inconsistent, and is third-fiddle in touch priority (at best) behind DeAndre Hopkins and Derrick Henry.

Not to mention: he's oft-injured, and has been banged up since training camp. You can afford to let him have his first breakout game on your waiver wire, or someone else's bench.

Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers

Man, what happened to the guy we saw in the first three games of the season? How has Jordan Love regressed so spectacularly? And I do mean spectacularly: over the past four weeks, he's thrown some of the ugliest passes I've ever seen on a professional broadcast.

And on these very same broadcasts, commentators are often heard wishing Love would use his legs more. He is, after all, fairly mobile as a quarterback. And yet he stands like a statue in the pocket and miscommunicates with his relatively-unimpressive supporting cast of weapons.

I expect him to be much more the guy who was hapless against a below-average Minnesota defense than the guy we saw shred the Saints defense in Week 4. A guy like Will Levis has more upside.


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