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2017 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List: Ban Hammer


Thank God for modern medicine. After suffering a knee dislocation on Sunday, Zach Miller was rushed into surgery. Doctors fought to repair a ruptured artery in order to save his leg. Surgery was successful and Miller can now focus on recovery. This type of injury can be career ending, so it remains open if Miller will ever play again. Even if he never plays another down of football, I’m relieved doctors were able to avoid a much more tragic injury.

In other news, the shoe finally dropped for Ezekiel Elliott, as he was denied preliminary injunction.

Now that we finally have confirmation that Zeke will miss six games, owners can move forward with the backup plan. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will be the Cowboys running backs until Zeke returns. McFadden will likely get the bulk of the carries, with Morris getting short yardage opportunities. Owners in danger of missing the playoffs should move Elliott for immediate help.

Last Week’s Player Update

Terrelle Pryor was officially phased out of the Washington passing game in Week 8. He drew just one target and went catchless. Pryor looks to have fallen behind Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Ryan Grant on the depth chart. He is officially droppable.

Rob Kelley was also disappointing, but managed to salvage his day with a goal line touchdown. He went under 10 carries for the third straight game. For the second straight week, he averaged fewer than 3.5 yards per carry. Kelley will be entirely touchdown dependent moving forward, due to the rash of injuries on the Redskins’ offensive line.

Rishard Matthews and Sammy Watkins both had a bye week, so I can’t say any more than I did last week.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 9 Drop List

Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots

Early in the season, I would have found it hard to believe that the Patriots goal line back would be droppable, but here we are. After a monster Week 1 (45 yards, 3 TD) Gillislee has fallen off the map. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 2, and is now in the midst of a four-way running back committee.

Gillislee is averaging just 3.6 YPC and isn’t showing signs of improvement. He is not nearly as versatile as Dion Lewis or James White. Without the passing game dimension to fall back on, Gillislee seems limited to clock killing and goal-line duty. His snap count has fallen behind both Lewis and White. If he continues to struggle, Rex Burkhead could surpass him as well.

Similar to Kelley, Gillislee is completely dependent on game script and goal-line opportunity. Owners desperate for a running back can hold him, but Gillislee is a very low ceiling option moving forward.

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos

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After watching the Monday Night Football game, I feel like Siemian is a “must-drop” player in every league. He and the entire Broncos offense were eviscerated by the Kansas City defense as Siemian completed just 52% of his passes for 198 yards and three interceptions.

In his last three games, Siemian has thrown just two touchdowns to six interceptions. His decision making clearly needs work, and he won’t have the opportunity to develop behind the revolving door of offensive lineman the Broncos have been trotting out.

Owners should not be blinded by his Week 1 and 2 performances as Siemian is a below-average QB in a terrible offense. Anyone holding onto him needs to cut bait before a matchup with the Eagles, who rank fourth in the league in DVOA.

Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints

What a waste of a draft pick. Snead was to have a big year as the Saints’ number two wide receiver. One suspension and a hamstring injury later, Snead hasn’t even sniffed fantasy relevance. He has played two games this season. In Week 8, he went without a single target. In Week 6, he caught just one pass for 11 yards.

He seems to have fallen behind Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Coleman on the target totem pole. He hasn’t given Sean Payton any reason to increase his workload either. Rather than wasting a bench spot, the 57% of Yahoo! owners still holding onto Snead should look for upside elsewhere.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

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A mere formality in this spot, but I felt it needed saying. Luck continues to experience soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder will not play this season. Now, the Colts haven’t come out and said that he’s being shut down. However they are “no longer focused on getting him back on the field”. 

Luck was a very popular stash in 2017 drafts, but a drop in all re-draft leagues. He will not see the field this season. At this point, his health moving into 2018 in concerning me. So for the 40% of Yahoo! owners still hanging on, it’s time to let go. Maybe move on to a different long shot stash. I hear Calvin Johnson might be an option.

On the Hot Seat

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

The newest class of rookie running backs has been impressive to say the least. Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt and Dalvin Cook all look like superstars in the making. On the other hand, McCaffrey is looking like he wasn’t worth the 8th overall pick.

Through eight games, McCaffrey has surpassed 20 rushing yards one time (Week 1) and has averaged over three yards per carry just twice. McCaffrey does see a ton of targets for a running back, but is averaging a pedestrian 7.71 yards per catch for the season. As Cam Newton‘s safety valve, CMC sees a lot of low risk plays that result in short gains.

Owners in standard leagues should take a close look at whether or not they can depend on the low ceiling McCaffrey has exhibited so far. Without goal-line touches CMC will continue to be PPR relevant only.

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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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