October 8, 2019 by squish
Written by Gerry Leung
Last week was one of the tougher weeks for waiver wire pickups as it was thin with injury news to begin with. Winston was limited to 204 yards and 2 TDs, Darrel Williams returned to 3rd string duties with Damien’s return, Tate had a tough matchup vs the Vikings and Eifert missed a wide open touchdown in the endzone. That’s the beauty of fantasy football because there is so much variance every week. Let’s rebound this week with another edition of Drop or Cop.
Baker Mayfield, Darrel Williams, Robby Anderson, O.J. Howard
The Struggles continue for Baker as he finished Monday Night Football with 100 yards and 2 interceptions. The Offensive line looks absolutely awful last night as Baker was pressured on 14 of his 26 drop backs. When he was pressured he was 1-10 for 25 yards and 2 interceptions.
He will get to take on the Seahawks in week 6 who do put pressure on the Quarterback. This is tough drop for me this week because I think Baker is talented but when your Offensive Line can’t protect you against 3 or 4 man boxes, that is a major red flag.
Darrel was featured last week in the Drop or Cop and will be featured again this week as a drop for me. I mentioned that Darrel’s upside solely depended on Damien’s health. With Damien returning this week Darrel went back to third string duties. He can be safely dropped in all leagues until another injury to this backfield occurs.
Many spent a mid-round draft capital this summer on Anderson. It also doesn’t help that the Jets lost Sam Darnold after week 1 to mono. Anderson has failed to surpass 85 yards in his first 4 games, with zero touchdowns. Even if Darnold returns next week, the schedule does not bode well for the receivers as they face the Cowboys, Patriots and Jaguars.
For now, I am staying away from all Jets players in fantasy unless his name is Le’Veon Bell who is still managing a respectable 17.8 fantasy points per game.
A highly touted player coming in to the season, the Buccaneers have failed to utilize Howard. I personally have a lot of shares of Howard in season long and spent an early mid-round draft capital on him so to put him on this list is tough. Producing one catch in week 5 against the Saints, Howard is looking like one of the biggest busts in fantasy football this season.
Averaging under 5 fantasy points per game through 5 games and only topping 33 yards once this season, it’s safe to drop him until they start utilizing him more. His schedule will not get any easier as they take on the Panthers, Titans, Saints and Jaguars.
Gardner Minshew, Chase Edmonds, Golden Tate, Gerald Everett
Minshew has recorded at least 16 fantasy points in each of his outings this season. He is fearless passer and maintains great pocket awareness evident by his 105.6 passer rating and 66.7% completion rate. His ability to escape from pressure and scramble gives him good rushing upside any week.
There may be some bias behind this write up as my roommate did attend Washington State and has given me some inside scouting info on the Jock Strap King. Nonetheless, the reigning rookie of the month has surprised most and is looking like a better version of Baker Mayfield. His upcoming 4 games are also mouthwatering as he gets to take on the Saints, Bengals, Jets and Texans before hitting his Bye week. Minshew is a must add and a great streaming option for the next 4 weeks.
David Johnson’s back tightness was so severe that he had to fly back home early because he couldn’t sit at his locker postgame. Losing Johnson would open up a huge hole and massive usage for backup Chase Edmonds. He logged season highs in carries (8) and targets (4) last week when Johnson departed.
Edmonds value depends on Johnson’s health but early reports suggest it doesn’t look great for Johnson to suit up this week. If he does miss this week, Edmonds get to take on the Falcons who have been the running back gold mine in fantasy every year. Should Johnson miss more time, Edmonds will get to face the Giants, Saints 49ers and Buccaneers. Tremendous upside for Chase Edmonds should David Johnson miss any time with this back injury. Something to definitely monitor throughout the week.
With John Ross on IR, Auden Tate played 100% of the snaps last week. The 6’5” 228lb 7th rounder caught 3 of 6 targets for 26 yards and a touchdown. A red zone threat, Tate brings massive upside to this Bengals offense. If Andy Dalton were any good Tate would have had 2 touchdowns last week.
The Bengals are thin at wide receiver and Tate makes a great fill in for Ross. Though his matchups are tough as he faces the Ravens, Jaguars and Rams the next 3 weeks, volume alone should make him a weekly streamer.
I would mention Austin Hooper as he does play the Cardinals but he is owned across most leagues. A priority add if possible but if he’s already owned take a look at Gerald Everett. Through 5 weeks he quietly ranks as the TE9. Over the past two weeks he has quietly seen 20 targets. His volume could see a slight uptick if Brandin Cooks misses any time after suffering a concussion last week.
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