October 1, 2019 by squish
Written by Gerry Leung
Welcome back to the Week 5 edition of Drop or Cop. We saw a productive week out of Gallman and Jones on Sunday. They look liked an actual football team this past week and they’re getting another weapon back soon in Golden Tate. Dissly did not disappoint either and Tight Ends against the Cardinals are going to be the lock until further notice. Though we didn’t see many injuries last week, I’ll outline some players below who should see an uptick in volume and opportunity.
Cam Newton, Duke Johnson, Antonio Brown, Jared Cook
Newton confirmed that he’s dealing with a Lisfranc injury but refuses to consider himself out for week 5. An injury like this usually takes 4-8 weeks but if he plays he likely won’t be very productive. He also risks reinjuring himself if does play this week. It would not be shocking to see the Panther’s shut down Newton for the remainder of the season. There were also reports about how his vegan diet coming into the season made him more injury prone. So it’s no surprise that were in week 5 and Newton is on the shelf. There’s too much risk in holding Newton on your roster spots, he can be safely dropped in most leagues.
Duke was expected to take on a bigger role in this Texans offense when Lamar Miller tore his ACL. However, the signing of Carlos Hyde has capped the upside of Duke Johnson. Last week, Duke played 65% of the snaps which is promising but Hyde still out carried and out targeted him. Duke makes a great handcuff if anything were to happen to Hyde. Worth a stash in deeper leagues but can be dropped in most 10-12 man leagues.
Safe to say Antonio won’t be playing in the NFL anytime soon. If you need further proof just check out his twitter. He’s been considering retirement as early as training camp. Being released by 2 teams in 2 weeks, we don’t expect him to sign with anyone anytime soon. There may be a slight chance he returns to the NFL after this investigation concludes but it’s not very likely. AB may have lost himself a spot in Canton, Ohio
The loss of Brees is really hitting the secondary pass catchers hard in New Orleans. A player like Brees can really elevate all the players on the field but without him, guys like Cook won’t see the same level of production. He’s been a non-factor with Bridgewater under center, catching just 4 balls for 28 yards. It’s safe to drop Cook in all formats but may be a nice pickup come week 8 when he plays the Cardinals.
Jameis Winston, Darrel Williams, Golden Tate, Tyler Eifert
After a rough start, Winston has looked good in his past 2 games. Throwing for over 380 yards in his past 2 games with 7 TDs combined, he looks like the number one add at QB this week against the Saints. It seems like he’s getting more comfortable in this Bruce Arians offense and we expect a lot of shootouts this season with the Buccaneers terrible defense. He’s rostered in most leagues but if he’s available he’s a priority add for me.
With Damien Williams inactive it’s time to start looking at Darrel Williams. He clearly still runs behind McCoy but out-touched him in the second half last week. He also finished with 2 goal line TDs which is a positive sign for him. Given McCoy’s injury history, Darrel could be in for bigger workloads if both Damien and Lesean miss time. If Damien is out again this week, I would roster Darrel with confidence.
More exposure to the Giants? You all probably think I’m crazy for this but Tate is going to take back the slot role when he returns. When in the slot Tate has some crazy YAC numbers and now he has a better quarterback under center in Danny Dimes. Although they do face the Vikings and Patriots back to back, his schedule gets a little bit easier as they take on the Cardinals horrid defense. I expect them to fully utilize Tate when he gets back from suspension and eat right into Shepard’s targets. A great stash play if he’s available.
Are the Cardinals playing this week? Simple, stream the tight end that’s playing against them this week. Dissly didn’t disappoint last week, finishing with 7 catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Targeting Eifert this week is the same process as last week. An interesting note in the Bengals game on Monday was Eifert’s usage. He played on 28 of 66 snaps, ran 25 routes on Dalton’s 46 dropbacks and saw a 13.5% target share. We are seeing Eifert’s usage increase in this offense and he should be the primary red zone target for Dalton. If you need a streamer go and grab Eifert this week and play him with confidence.
As a reminder, the drop list are the players who are no longer must haves on rosters. The cop list consists of players who are worth a roster spot. Check back next week for the latest edition of cop or drop. Good luck this week and feel free to hit me up on twitter with any questions @GK_Leung.