Players to Drop in Week 8: After scoring respectable PPR numbers early in the season, Paul Richardson’s fantasy value may have dissolved.
I am retiring from fantasy football effective immediately. Of course, I can’t really do that since this is the best time of the year but Week 7, which looked like the wild west, easily had big surprises that no one in the fantasy community saw coming.
Thursday set the tone when we saw a painful injury to Kansas City’s playmaker Patrick Mahomes. This left every fantasy owner yelling at their TV’s wondering how Andy Reid could run a QB-sneak with an already banged-up quarterback.
Then with Sunday’s main slate, we witnessed Marvin Jones’ welcome back party, accompanied by Chase Edmonds breaking the hearts of all David Johnson fantasy owners. But the ultimate heartbreak came from the Chargers, who lost a last-second goal-line fumble that would have sealed the win against the Titans.
With the BYE weeks in full effect, Week 8 will make for some serious roster management for fantasy managers: who to stream and who to drop? But before dropping anyone, make sure to put your team into perspective. Just because your player is listed in this cut column, it does not automatically mean you should drop him, especially if you are in a dynasty league.
You also need to weigh your waiver-wire options. If someone tells you to drop a player, it does not necessarily mean the move is right for your team. For your team to improve, you have to be able to add a player that will make your team better, immediately or down the road, compared to the player to be cut. It is paramount to evaluate the players, and the transaction, prior to completing it.
Here are some names you should consider dropping going into Week 8.
Players to Drop in Week 8
Wayne Gallman (RB, NYG)
With fantasy stud Saquon Barkley healthy and playing once again, Wayne Gallman shifts back to his handcuff status. If you roster Saquon, it would be a wise investment to keep him on your roster, especially after seeing Barkley in noticeable discomfort in the Giants’ Week 7 game.
If you have Gallman but do not roster Barkley, he remains a name to cut. I feel you may be able to shop Gallman to the team with Barkley, but in the end, I would not expect to receive much in return.
Paul Richardson Jr. (WR, WAS)
After scoring respectable PPR numbers from Weeks 1 – 3, Paul Richardson’s fantasy value may have dissolved. Early in the year, Washington’s veteran signal-caller Casey Keenum was able to put up quality fantasy numbers through the air, which translated into fantasy production for his pass catchers.
Then we saw several shifts at the quarterback position, which limited the offense’s passing attack. In addition, Washington’s head coach got fired, something that can always create volatility for fantasy. The tough thing about this coaching change is that Washington shifted to a run-first philosophy, which makes for a bearish outlook for all receivers not named Terry McLaurin.
Ultimately it does not seem that this newfound offense will benefit Richardson, which makes him a player to cut this week.
Randall Cobb (WR, DAL)
After logging 16.9 PPR points in Week 1, Randall Cobb has been a let down for any player who prospectively added him. When Dallas’ starter Michael Gallup went down with an injury in Week 2, Cobb was the first player fantasy analysts expected to receive an uptick in volume. Hindsight shows that never came to fruition, as he never finished with more than 10 PPR points and even wound up missing his Week 6 contest. Further, Cobb is tied for the 15th most drops in the NFL. I would look to remove Cobb from all rosters, especially in any league that is not a full-PPR.
Trey Burton (TE, CHI)
Trey Burton, and really most of the Bears’ offense, has been a total let down for the fantasy world in 2019. Burton currently ranks 46th at the tight end position with no touchdowns and 13 receptions through seven weeks of NFL action. Burton is not all to blame though, quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s sophomore season has been met with serious adversity and struggles, including an injured shoulder. Even prior to Trubisky’s injury, Burton’s production was minimal at best. Factor in the general state of the Chicago offense and I would find a way to avoid Burton and most fantasy assets in Chi-Town. Cut Burton in all redraft leagues and look for better production on the waiver-wire.