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With less than a handful of games left for the fantasy postseason, it’s imperative to get the fat out of our rosters to maximize weekly output. While we sometimes get emotionally attached to players or feel like we’re going to experience some kind of FOMO after they’re dropped, we need to shake it off and realize it’s for the betterment of the team.
Here’s this week’s list of players who might weigh down your respective rosters as we head into the trajectory. If you’re looking for some players to stash away for future use, I’ve got you covered there too.
Chase Claypool, WR, Bears (61 percent rostered on Yahoo)
True to my word from last week’s column, Claypool got one more week to show off his fantasy material, and now he’s officially droppable after a 2.1 half-PPR performance as WR82 in Week 11. Snap stock has none in any of the Claypool’s three games as a bear, and he’s only averaged 3.6 goals per game in that time frame.
With QB Justin Fields dealing with a shoulder injury (non-throwing) this week and a solid Jets secondary on tap followed by tipping against the Packers, Eagles and Bills, who sit 12th, fifth and 19th in WR schedule- custom fantasy points allowed, or aFPA, Claypool can be dropped as he won’t crack WR5 territory.
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Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams (63% scheduled)
Frustration and Darrell Henderson are synonymous this season and it’s time to finally let him go. He’s seen double-digit touches only once in the last four games, averaging an inefficient 5.05 half PPR points in that time. The Rams’ offense is a shell of what it was in 2021, and they’ve also been without Cooper Kupp and possibly Matthew Stafford for a while now.
Cam Akers took over lead-back duties last week, leaving Henderson now sharing the remainder with rookie Kyren Williams. There are 63% of Yahoo executives still clinging to the idea of a resurgence, but feel free to ditch Henderson and the stress of rostering him.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Accounts (55% scheduled)
People have been asking me for about nine weeks now if Hines can be dropped, and it’s been hard for him to navigate, mostly because of the team change after he was traded a few weeks ago and his previous experience as a PPR darling. It’s finally time to give up the winning edge for Hines in 2022 as the writing seems to be on the wall in Buffalo.
The fifth-year back has just one carry for minus eight yards and one catch for nine yards in his three-game tenure with the Bills for a whopping 0.6 total half PPR fantasy points in three games. Devin Singletary is the clear leadback, with James Cook coming in strong in week 11 with an 11-86-0 line. The 55% of executives who still employ Hines are better off with Latavius Murray, Cook or even Akers.
Members of powerful crimes don’t usually visit this article, and I’m going to buck the trend by giving you back-to-back Bills. McKenzie has been falling out of favor with fantasy at a slow pace, but it’s finally time to trade him in for a more productive WR. The 27-year-old hasn’t found the end zone since Week 4 and has surpassed 50 receiving yards just once in 2022.
When this Buffalo offense is healthy, it’s not part of the plan, and they don’t seem to need it, as the Bills have the second most points scored in the NFL so far with 281. Keep that imaginative playoff hope alive with a pivot to a more involved person like Treylon Burks or Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Jahan Dotson, WR, Commanders (18% scheduled)
The breakout for Dotson has been postponed until next season, as it doesn’t seem to be happening in this current iteration of the Washington offense. His early success in 2022 came with Carson Wentz under center, and now he faces a much tougher game plan, limiting goals for the rookie.
He’s just not a viable fantasy option in regular redraft leagues moving forward, so send Dotson off to lie in a recliner or play golf until the 2023 draft season begins.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope you all have a great day full of family, friends, friends who are related, lots of food and of course football!
This article was originally published on 4for4.com
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Jennifer Eakins, a proud alumna of the UGA Grady College of Journalism, has worked in the sports industry for over a decade. She has worked for CNN Sports, the Atlanta Hawks and the Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft happened in 1996, where she selected Ricky Watters with the first overall pick, and she’s been a degenerate fantasy ever since.