2018 Fantasy Football: Must Drop Players For Week 8

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Andrew Ortenberg

NFL · 3 years ago

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Another week of the NFL season is in the books, and with some appealing names available in most leagues, you’re going to have to make some tough calls about who to cut. Luckily, we’re here to help you decide who to drop, with a list of the top names who no longer belong on rosters. Here’s who we’re singling out this week in Fantasy Football.

Javorious Allen

Buck Allen was a hot name earlier this year after he scored four touchdowns in the Ravens’ first three games. He was popular in PPR leagues due to his pass-catching ability as he was initially receiving a bunch of targets, but he’s now simply fallen too far behind Alex Collins. He’s gotten just four carries over the past two weeks, and his three receptions in each of the last two games simply aren’t enough. At this point it would take an injury to Collins for him to be relevant again, and should be dropped everywhere.

LeGarrette Blount

The 31-year-old is well past his prime, and every week it seems the Lions get a little more committed to getting Kerryon Johnson work. Johnson exploded for 158 yards rushing last week, and will likely see his role continue to grow in the coming weeks. Blount offers nothing in the passing game, and the only reason he’s been able to hold onto any fantasy relevance is because of a handful of situation dependent touchdowns. Those will be almost impossible to predict, and there isn’t much reason to hold onto him as his rest-of-season outlook will continue to trend downward.

Nyheim Hines

Hines was a great two-week wonder in the fantasy world, but his moment in the spotlight appears to be over. Hines had a three week stretch where he racked up 21 catches, but his role has been greatly diminished with the return of Marlon Mack. In the two games that Mack has been back, Hines has caught just three passes and carried the ball just eight times. Jordan Wilkins will also occasionally get some carries, limiting Hines’ upside. Unless Mack re-injures his troublesome hamstring, it’s safe to drop Hines.

Jamison Crowder

Crowder looked like he was in a great spot after a breakout 2017, with not much competition in Washington’s receiving corp. But he’s struggled with injuries this year, and hasn’t been very effective even when he’s been on the field. Crowder has failed to top four receptions in any of the four games he’s played in, and can’t be trusted moving forward on limited volume. Add in the fact that it’s still unclear exactly when he’ll be returning from injury, and Crowder can be safely dropped in all formats.

Kenny Stills

Stills was a sleeper that I liked a lot coming into the season, but it’s time to cut bait. He hasn’t shown much of a rapport with new Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler, and is now dealing with a groin injury. He has just four receptions over his past three games, and as a true deep-threat, is one of the biggest boom-bust players in the league. He’s capable of lighting up the fantasy scoreboard on any given week, but those performances are too few and far between. He’s not consistent enough to justify rostering at this point in time.

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