As Week 6 approaches we are getting close to the mid-season, and now is the time to drop some players that aren’t showing up. Players like Ty Chandler or Kenneth Gainwell in hopes that they could take over the backfield.
When it comes to dropping players, don’t overthink it. Don’t hold onto a player because you swear the following week is going to be their week. If it hasn’t happened now, then it isn’t going to happen.
Now, let’s cut some players loose.
Players to Drop for Week 5
Kenneth Gainwell, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 1 looked like Gainwell was going to be the lead back for the Eagles. But, ever since D’Andre Swift got the start in Week 2, it has been his backfield. In Week 5 Swift had 17 carries to Gainwell’s seven. Swift also had six receptions to Gainwell’s one. This is an easy drop as Gainwell will not be a starting fantasy option going forward.
Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, New England Patriots
Ezekiel Elliot has not gone over 10 fantasy points once this year. And on top of that has only had double-digit carries once this year. He is not the running back he was a few years ago, and he is not startable at this point. He is not getting any volume and is not worth a bench spot.
Joshua Kelley, Running Back, Los Angeles Chargers
I know Joshua Kelley is on a bye this week, but coming off the bye he has Dallas and Kansas City. Both are top-five defenses against the run. Austin Ekeler looks like he should be coming back as well. But, with Ekeler out Kelley’s fantasy high is 6.50 fantasy points. With Ekeler coming back Kelley should be off your team
Ty Chandler, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
As mentioned above, Chandler is not going to be taking over this backfield. I know he was supposed to be a sleeper going into the draft, but with Cam Akers taking carries away, that just shows that Chandler should be dropped. Chandler only had one carry in Week 5. Akers had five and Alexander Mattison had eight. Looks like Chandler already lost the backup role to Akers.
Marvin Mims Jr., Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
Marvin Mims had a couple of breakout games, but one was in the 70-20 blowout loss to the Dolphins. The thing with Mims is he is a boom-or-bust fantasy player. He doesn’t get targets and he is only productive if he gets a 50-yard touchdown. Jerry Jeudy is also looking more and more healthy and taking those targets away.
Skyy Moore, Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs
I see that Skyy Moore is still owned in just about 50% of leagues. The question is why? He should be dropped in all redraft leagues. In PPR he has only gone over double-digit points once this season. He is only averaging 3.4 targets a game. The only receiver option I want in the Chiefs offense is Travis Kelce.
Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens
I wanted to see Odell Beckham Jr. go off one more time in his career. But, it looks like that won’t be this year. I know he was drafted and held onto in hopes of him breaking out. But, he is droppable now. He has yet to go over six fantasy points this year and has already had some injuries to start the year. I expect him to miss more games that he plays this year.
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