By Corey Brooks
We will examine three players in this week’s edition of Stop, Drop, or Roll. Here’s how it goes. Stop is a designation for a player you should keep on your bench who is not yet droppable. Drop is a player who is droppable at this point in the season. Roll is a player you need to keep rolling out in your weekly line up.
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Terrelle Pryor Sr. (WR, WAS) — Pryor has struggled to find any chemistry with the pass-happy Kirk Cousins. What seemed like a match made in heaven this offseason has been more like a bad tinder match.
But I am not ready to drop Pryor just yet. He has only caught 16 passes in 6 games, which is, well, it’s sad. But the ray of light is the fact that Washington hasn’t had a full offense available to their disposal. I do believe a healthy Jordan Reed and Rob Kelley will allow Pryor to get more chances, especially in the red zone. If Reed can return to his dominant TE play, it will force teams to allow Pryor more single coverage down field. Keep in mind Pryor also has a very friendly schedule the rest of the season. For now, keep Pryor on that bench and wait for a healthy Reed and a chemistry to build between Cousins and Pryor before dropping him.
Marshawn Lynch (RB, OAK) — Lynch was a sub 30 RB on the season heading into Thursday night’s game. He only has two games of double-digit scoring and from Weeks 2 — 6 Lynch averaged a measly 10 touches per game and approximately 3 YPC. Moving forward, Lynch has one of the top 7 worst strength of schedules for RBs in the NFL. My number one rule in fantasy is don’t fall in love with the name, fall in love with the production. Lynch is officially droppable in all formats.
Deshaun Watson (QB, HOU) — This kid is the real deal. He has done nothing but light up the fantasy scoreboard. Since earning the starting position in Houston, Watson has propelled himself into the number 1 spot for fantasy QBs, with an average of 25 FPPG since becoming a starter. Oh, and he has only thrown for over 300 yards once all season. Watson’s ability to use his legs keeps Houston alive in broken down plays. With WRs like Hopkins and Fuller to throw to, Watson will continue to produce, especially in the red zone. Expect more production from Hopkins, Fuller, and Miller as the playbook expands for his young signal caller. I predict Watson will finish as a top 3 QB in fantasy for the rest of the season.
Stream Option: With Deshaun Watson on a bye in Week 7, two streaming options this week to replace his productivity are Tyrod Taylor and first-time rookie starter C.J. Beathard. Taylor has yet to go over 300 yards this season but is going up against a Tampa Bay defense who has allowed Casey Keenum, Eli Manning, and Carson Palmer to all score 20+ fantasy points this year. Look for Taylor to have a break out game in this one.
Beathard is going up against a struggling Dallas Cowboys defense who has allowed an average of 29 points per game the last four games. Hoyer was averaging 34 passes per game and I see a similar trend with rookie Beathard this coming week. The best aspects about Beathard are a strong arm and opportunity. Stream these two QBs for a bye week fill in to help earn a victory.