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2017 Fantasy Football Week 15 Drop List: Caged Hamster


Welcome to the playoffs! Hopefully everyone got through their first round playoff matchups unscathed.

The big news this week comes out of Philadelphia where MVP candidate Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Nick Foles is a good backup QB, but no one can replace what Wentz has done this season.

It’s a huge blow to the Eagles and Fantasy owners championship hopes. If you’re a Wentz owner who made it through the week, there is a good chance you’ll be scrambling for a replacement. Can I interest anyone in Blake Bortles? Granted, Bortles does post the occasional stinker, but he has been very good over his last two starts, throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s thrown for 577 yards with a 71% completion percentage and his 121 QB rating leads the NFL over that span. He also burned the Seahawks on Twitter:

Desperate times call for desperate measures, don’t they?

Last Week’s Player Update

Emmanuel Sanders continued to fall victim to Denver’s offense. This week, he managed just one catch for 16 yards. It was his fourth straight game with under 20 yards. At this point, he has no place on playoff rosters.

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins caught one of four targets for one yard. With Josh McCown now out with a broken hand, ASJ won’t hold much value with Bryce Petty at QB.

Corey Coleman proved me wrong and showed that the Browns offense can sustain two Fantasy relevant wide receivers. Coleman followed up his Week 13 bagel with a 62 yard, one touchdown performance against the Packers. Granted, the Packers have a poor secondary so I would wait and see before starting him.

Ameer Abdullah did not play in Week 14, as he was unable to come back from the neck injury he sustained a couple weeks ago. Ian Rapoport also mentioned that his absence is “more for play than injury reasons”. Don’t expect Abdullah to contribute anything meaningful for the rest of the season.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 15 Drop List

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

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After another horrible performance, it’s time to kick Mariota to the Fantasy curb. For the third straight game, Mariota failed to surpass 200 yards passing. He has now thrown eight interceptions in his last four starts, compared to just three touchdowns. His ability to run has saved his Fantasy value to this point, but it’s no longer enough.

Mariota is playing through a knee injury, but excuses won’t help owners move to the next round. He looks to have regressed as a passer, struggling with his progressions and accuracy. The Titans’ offensive line has also shown significant regression, which is not helping Mariota’s case.

He’s not a player that owners can trust going into the semi-finals. Any playoff teams holding Mariota should take a good long look at Bortles or Foles as a streaming option.

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin was one of the more popular value picks going into the season. His four game suspension had decreased his draft stock, and most owners saw his 5th or 6th round price as a solid investment. Since returning, Martin has been a disaster, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. As he is not a factor in the passing game, he needs to score, or get heavy volume to be effective. He hasn’t been doing much of either lately.

Martin missed Week 13 with a concussion, which allowed Payton Barber to take advantage of the spot start, rushing for over 100 yards on 23 carries. Martin returned this week but struggled, rushing for just 26 yards on 10 carries. He found the end zone on a goal line rush, saving his Fantasy day. Despite the touchdown, Martin was benched for the second half. On 12 second half carries, Barber averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

It looks like Martin has reached the end of his time in Tampa. Even if he plays, it looks like he’ll be in a timeshare with Barber at best. Unless he magically returns to his 2015 form, he won’t see enough carries to be useful at his current efficiency.

Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans

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While it is unorthodox to suggest dropping a player after they have just returned from injury, I assure you there is a good reason. Fuller came screaming out of the gate, making his debut in Week 4 after missing Weeks 1-3 with injury. In his first four games, Fuller caught seven (!) touchdowns. Of course, that pace was unsustainable as he had caught 13 total passes in those games.

When Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL, Fuller’s value completely tanked. Tom Savage could not get him the ball, as he caught just four passes for 47 yards before suffering a rib injury in Week 10. His first game back didn’t inspire much hope, as he racked up just 26 yards.

Now with T.J. Yates starting for the Texans, Fuller’s outlook is bleak. TO be fair, Yates did look better than Savage, but he looked to have much better rapport with DeAndre Hopkins. Fuller represents one of the biggest boom-bust risks in Fantasy and is too much of a dart throw to be used in the playoffs.

Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets

As mentioned earlier, McCown suffered a broken left hand on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season. He was having good season, leading the Jets to more victories than most though they were capable of. McCown threw a career high in yards and touchdowns, and established himself as a solid Fantasy quarterback.

McCown’s ability helped propel Robby Anderson to his late season run. With McCown out, all Jets’ pass-catchers take a huge downgrade.

On the Hot Seat

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

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Cooper’s return from his ankle injury was short lived. He started and received one target in Oakland’s loss to the Chiefs, but left the game after aggravating his ankle injury. The ankle was rolled on during a pileup and Cooper was heard screaming in pain. He was ruled out very quickly, which does not bode well for his status moving forward.

Cooper was limited all week due to the effects of the first ankle injury. This new injury looked much worse and his Week 15 status is in serious doubt. Even if he plays, there’s almost no way he will be at 100 percent in Week 15. Owners in a roster bind can consider dropping the Raiders receiver for some immediate help. Anyone holding Cooper should keep a close eye on the news, as this could turn into a multi-week injury.

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About Jonathan Chan

Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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