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After last week, you may be tempted to drop your entire fantasy list unless you have it Justin Fields or Joe Mixon, because it was a feast or famine in all areas. We’ve got four teams (Jets, Patriots, Bengals and Ravens) watching from home or on vacation this week, along with countless other Injuries continue in the leagueBut there are still drops to be made and moves to be made.
We should always look for improvements in the roster, so cutting players who don’t produce is a necessary evil. If you are looking for some players cache for future useI got covered there, too.
Tyler HigbyTE, Rams (85 percent listed by Yahoo)
It looks like the rams are broken. Maybe someone can take out the cartridge and inflate. We’ve hit double-digit weeks into the NFL season, and managers need wins now, so we can’t wait for L.A. to see what happens with the offense. Tyler Higbee has gone from playing 95% of shots in Weeks 1-5 to 76% in the last four competitions and has targeted just nine times since Week 7.
I know things are tough across the league in TE, but it might be time for the 85% of Yahoo managers who are sticking with Higbee to start broadcasting the center based on weekly matches or try to find a more productive option in the exempt wire like Greg Dulcich or Cade Otton Or, dare I say it, Cool qumt.
Cam AkersRB, Ramez (41% listed)
Cam Akers is a disgruntled player left on a team he’s clearly not into. In RB’s first game since week five, Akers saw five runs he carried for just three yards, and Daryl Henderson made 12 lunges. No matter the size, Akers doesn’t look right and doesn’t even perform close to the level it did before the ripped Achilles.
Over 40% of you still have hope for the 23-year-old, and it is my duty to give you permission to let him go. Right-back RB has a fair share of emerging players due to injury and attrition, so replace Akers with Jeff Wilson or Rachaad White.
Alec Pierce WR, Colts (33% included in the list)
It was an ugly outing for the Colts in Week 9, among the worst offensive performances of any team this season. The Novice has been decent at times but sits as WR48 in the PPR half points and has only put in 10.8 total half the PPR points since Indy switched in QB to Sam Ellinger.
It became apparent that this crime would hardly be able to support a star like this Michael Bateman Jr. Go ahead, not to mention the auxiliary pieces of the future wire. Pierce is currently put on the list by 33% of Yahoo managers, so those teams are strong and have widely replaced him in more productive offenses like Wan’Dale Robinson or even Terrace Marshall Jr.
Elijah MorWR, Aircraft (31% listed)
The 22-year-old was on this list in week seven, but Elijah Moore is still listed at a high enough rate and has done absolutely nothing to benefit fantasy directors since, so he’s earned another spot in this column. Moore is still a jet-setter after the trade deadline despite his handling order and hasn’t fished since week five.
Technical director Robert Saleh gives us a little bit of optimism to believe its use will change, so there is no reason why Moore should be included in the list for fictional purposes going forward into 2022.
Caleb Huntley, right-back, Falcons (24% listed)
Cordaryl Patterson’s return from a stint in the IR leaves Caleb Huntley as the third choice behind rookie ten-year-old Tyler Allgeier. Atlanta “softened” Patterson to 13 vehicles and one target, which turned him for 53 yards overall and two touchdowns.
Huntley’s use was third in the flick standings and should remain there until the end of the season, barring another injury. If you have a bigger seat and want to hide it, that’s fine, but the rookie can be safely dropped in most formats in favor of a higher RB in the depth chart.
Rashid BatemanWR, Crows and Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
Both of these will have foot surgeries and are being performed for this season. There are still enough of you on the list of this duo worth mentioning. Edit a place on the list and let them recuperate until the next draft season.
Romeo Dobbs WR, Packers and J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ravens
Dobbs is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury and Dobbins is in the midst of recovering from knee surgery, making her difficult to carry. The fantasy postseason will be well underway when and if they return to the field, so they can be brought down safely at this point.
On Thin Ice (The Story of Isaiah/Ishia)
Isaiah MackenzieWR, Billing: It was a fictional up and down ride for McKenzie in 2022 but he’s still WR3 at one of the best offenses in the NFL. Let’s see how its use at home against the Vikings changes this week.
Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs: The Novice got the start for the second week in a row but didn’t do anything significant with the turn, posting just nine yards in week nine. Pacheco has not fallen yet. Let’s wait at least another week, given that the Chiefs have a favorable game for RB against the Jaguars on Sunday.
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A proud alumnus of the UGA Grady College of Journalism, Jennifer Eakins has been in the sports industry for more than a decade. She has spent stints with CNN Sports, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft took place in 1996 where she picked Ricky Waters with her first overall pick, and she’s been in decline fiction ever since.
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