Fantasy Football Week 16 Drop Candidates: No cut is out of bounds in must-win title games
By Jennifer Eakins, 4for4
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How we approach the drop on our rosters changes slightly or not as slightly in week 16. It's time to get rid of everyone who doesn't have the potential to start, but you certainly don't want to let go of anyone who can use it against you too.
Take a look at your opponent's list and charge anyone you think would want to add and send the bankers to the waiver wire for good. Let's look at some players who might have made it this far in their roster but can be let loose before this sweet, sweet championship game.
[Week 16 Waiver Wire: Priority Pickups at Each Position]
Russell Wilson, QB - Seahawks (in 100% of the leagues)
I know that for some of you it can be too difficult to drop Russell Wilson. However, I ask you to at least think about it. For the past three weeks, the Seattle quarterback is at QB18 on fantasy points, averaging just 16.4 per competition. The Seahawks have returned to a conservative, race-heavy approach, tearing down Wilson's ceiling.
If you had made it through to the semifinals last week with Wilson as a starter, congratulations as his 12 Fantasy Points finished 27th among the QBs and he would have last been dead without an additional 52 rushing yards. This week, Seattle gets a Rams defense that ranks second in the quarterback position on Timed Fantasy Points (aFPA). So if you grab Jalen Hurts, Baker Mayfield, or as I may say, Mitch Trubisky, your team will likely get a better shot at lifting that trophy.
If your opponent happens to be injured at the quarterback, it may be better to bench the 32-year-old Wilson, but either way it is not advisable to use Wilson in your lineups this week.
Cooper Kupp, WR - Rams (in 98% of the leagues)
The Rams lost to the Jets last week. I'm sure as a fantasy football manager you are aware of this, but I just had to type it in to make it feel real. In the staggering loss, Cooper Kupp caught four balls for 44 yards, equivalent to 6.4 half-PPR points. The 27-year-old recipient has not left 41 meters behind in three of the last four competitions. He has only had one touchdown in his last 10 games.
While the Seahawks have been quite soft on wideouts at times this season, the last meeting of these two teams in Week 10 produced a 5-50-0 line for Kupp. With everything at stake, getting rid of the recipient in year four and going with a more reliable passport catcher that week may be beneficial.
D.J. Chark, WR - Jaguars (in 84% of the leagues)
The frustration and disagreement with D.J. Chark has plagued fantasy managers all season. The weekly stress of whether to start or not ends now. Even with a 0-26 deficit last week, the Jaguars Charks production's garbage game script didn't help as it only scored 7.3 half PPR points.
This offense cannot support any fantasy player other than James Robinson, and this week's matchup is of no help. Chicago delivers the sixth smallest aFPA to broad receivers this season and only kept Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen at 22.5 half PPR points last week.
Chark falls into WR4 / WR5 territory in week 16 so there must be better options for you, either currently on your roster or on the waiver wire. Think Keke Coutee, Emmanuel Sanders or Rashard Higgins.
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB - Steelers (in 90% of the leagues)
I'm assuming that after Monday night's game you might be crazy enough to be excited to hit that drop button. However, if you need some encouragement, read on. Ben Roethlisberger doesn't look like a quarterback who can lead anything right now, especially your fantasy team to claim a championship title.
He's wildly inconsistent in his throws (the bulk recipient case with the drops doesn't help) and he's posted less than 20 Fantasy Points for five weeks in a row. And that's all before we get to this week's opponent, the Colts. Indy plays tough against quarterbacks (10th in QB aFPA) and the defense could have a field day with Roethlisberger's unpredictable throwing and lack of mobility. As with Wilson above, there are most likely better Week 16 options for you. So ditch Big Ben in favor of a caller who's playing better soccer right now.
Taysom Hill, QB - Saints (in 44% of the leagues)
You blew most of your remaining FAB on Taysom Hill in Week 11 and it paid off, but with Drew Brees back in the middle, it's not worth sticking to Hill in hopes of a fruitful gadget game or two. Especially not with a championship on the line.
Brees had a productive return in week 15 and his matchup against the Vikings is cheap enough to keep Hill off the fantasy radar. For the nearly 50% of Yahoo executives who are still on Hill, there must be better options at Quarterback if you're in need this week. It is likely your team's job to add depth or catch a positional player who you think your opponent will need.
Say goodbye to these injured players
Here are a handful of drop-worthy guys who for normal reasons are most likely unsuitable or no longer worth holding onto:
This list could go on by pages and pages, but it's difficult to assess all of your unique rosters this past week. The Drops column was a blast again this season and it was a pleasure to have supported you all in any way on your fantasy football journey in 2020.
This story was originally published on 4for4.com
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Jennifer Eakins is a proud graduate of the UGA Grady College of Journalism and has been in the sports industry for more than a decade. She has worked for CNN Sports, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft came in 1996 when she picked Ricky Watters with the first overall pick. Since then she has been a degenerate fantasy.
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