Fantasy Football

Week 3 Fantasy Football Players to Drop: Injury Strikes!


Week 2 just released an unrelenting wrath of what is the ever occurring injury carousel. Let’s take a moment of silence for all the fantasy teams decimated by this week’s hurricane of injuries.


If you survived, count your blessings, because the injury bug doesn’t play favorites and can bite at any moment. Injuries are one of the most frustrating things to cope with for a Fantasy Football owner. Another is when your players are underperforming.

Yeah I’m talking to you Allen Robinson. In these cases the players don’t have excuses, like an injury, and so the reason for their subpar performance is more confusing than determining what a catch in the NFL is. Hey Dez, could ya help us out here? Do you mind explaining what constitutes a catch?

Fantasy Football can be frustrating and things don’t always work out the way you want them to. You’re always going to have that guy on your bench that outscores your starter – that’s part of playing Fantasy Football. With that being said, when it comes to making roster decisions, specifically add/drop decisions, there are players that need not be owned and rostered.

Each week, I discuss the players owned in more than 30% of leagues who should be dropped. The hope here is to alleviate the frustration of making tough roster decisions and to provide a scapegoat, me, if by chance the player you drop turns out to be a stud.

If you are dropping guys, you need fresh replacements. Check out Richard Savill’s Waiver Grabs and his offerings for Week 3.

Week 3 Fantasy Football Players to Drop

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots

Tom Brady who? New England has managed to start the season with two wins and zero losses while deploying backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo was very impressive throwing for 498 yards and four touchdowns in one and a half games.

Problem is, Garoppolo was injured Sunday. With Tom Brady coming back off of his suspension after two more games, and Garoppolo being sidelined with a shoulder injury, the backup Patriots’ quarterback has served his usefulness and may now be dropped.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

Why is Allen still owned in nearly 40 percent of leagues? I mentioned this in last week’s column, but in case you haven’t heard, Allen has a torn ACL and has been shut down for the rest of the season. Go ahead and drop him.

Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

This one is pretty obvious, but I figured I’d mention it with Allen. Woodhead is another casualty of the ACL tear. He can safely be dropped in all leagues.

Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Everyone hoped that Aiken would carry over his production from 2015. Unfortunately, Aiken has racked up just two catches for 14 yards in the Raven’s first game and zero catches in the second.

The Ravens have a never ending cycle of wide receivers at their disposal and with Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace, and tight end Dennis Pitta appearing to be the favorite targets of Joe Flacco, Kamar Aiken is best suited to be placed back on the waiver wire.

James White, RB, New England Patriots

I understand the optimism for White. He has a similar skill set to Dion Lewis and we all know the Patriots love to use their running backs in the passing game. He could easily produce like Dion Lewis, right?

Truth is, White is not Lewis and he hasn’t been afforded the chances Lewis is accustomed to. Plus, he is not nearly as talented as Lewis. In fact, in two games, White has only racked up five carries for 33 yards and seven catches for 50 yards. Meanwhile LaGarrette Blount has received 51 carries and garnered 193 yards and two touchdowns.

With the unpredictable nature of Belichick’s usage of running backs, the eventual return of Dion Lewis, and now the dependence on a third string quarterback until Brady’s return, don’t rely on White as one of the players on your roster.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

Before you say anything, yes I know he had a touchdown Sunday against San Francisco. It’s only week two people, calm down, you don’t have to drop anyone you don’t want to, just yet.

Funchess is only a player to monitor, because frankly the volume just isn’t there. While Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen are posting fantastic numbers, Funchess has only three catches for 28 yards.

There are better options that exist on the waiver wire and until Funchess starts getting the ball thrown to him, he won’t be a viable Fantasy Football starter.

About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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