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Drop ‘Em Like It’s Hot (in Fantasy) – Commissioner’s Corner



Week 4, Fantasy Football, Sam Howell, Drop

With three weeks of the NFL season already under our belts, things are really starting to get interesting. From injuries to international games, Week 4 is the time we finally start to figure things out. In the Commissioner’s Corner this week, I’ll be covering who you can drop from your fantasy roster to help you maintain a championship caliber team.


This first one should be a no-brainer after taking a serious beating last week by our very own Buffalo Bills. Sam Howell really did not perform great against the Buffalo defense, and his nine sacks and four interceptions are definitely something to talk about. Honestly, I’m surprised he’s 21% rostered currently, according to FantasyPros. If you are in that unlucky percent and have Howell on your roster or bench, feel free to save yourself the time later and drop him now.

The next QB on my drop-list may not be as popular of a choice. However, Justin Fields really did me dirty in fantasy football last week. While he is a tough competitor on the field, I think he is another strong option to get dropped from the roster altogether this week. In his first three games of the season, Fields has 526 passing yards (175 per game), three TDs, four INTs, 13 sacks, a completion percentage of 58, a 67.7 QB rating and just 109 rushing yards with one TD, according to DraftKings. This brings him to 44 total fantasy points in the past three weeks, ranking behind QBs like Baker Mayfield, Mac Jones, and Russell Wilson. It is still early in the season though, so maybe dropping him completely isn’t the right option for everyone just yet. For me it is, but if you’re still hesitant, take this week to explore some other replacement options.

Running Back

Dalvin Cook is another player who has disappointed in fantasy the last few weeks. Props to you if you still even have him on your roster after his astounding 0.2 points in Week 2. After he ran the ball four times for seven yards in Week 2, and followed that up with eight carries for 18 yards in Week 3, it was very clear to me that he should be done. However, if you’re uncertain about dropping him completely, consider making him a Flex option, or just benching him altogether. Ranking as RB34 according to PFN Consensus Rankings, he doesn’t deserve a starting lineup slot anymore.

Wide Receiver

Remember when he went viral for dancing on the opposing team’s logos? Well now, JuJu Smith-Schuster can dance his way right off your fantasy football lineup too. If he had potential to shine as a fantasy WR, he would have shown it in the first couple weeks. In Weeks 1-2, New England Patriots QB Mac Jones had the sixth-most passing yards and the most pass attempts in the NFL. Despite the elite volume and stellar game script, Smith-Schuster had just 13 targets, nine receptions, and 61 yards, according to RotoBaller. To make matters worse, he finished with just three targets, one reception, and five yards in Week 3. If this isn’t enough of a reason to get JuJu Smith-Schuster off your roster, then I don’t know what is.

Tight End

If Dalton Schultz isn’t making your team’s loose ends feel tight enough, then it’s probably time to let him go. Through the first three weeks of the season, Houston Texas rookie QB C.J. Stroud had the fourth-most pass attempts and fourth-most passing yards in the league. So, it is clear that the team’s passing volume and passing efficiency isn’t a problem. Do you know what the problem is? Schultz himself. While the Texans been averaging about 40 pass attempts and 302 yards per game, Schultz has just 14 targets and 47 receiving yards. He accounts for only 11.5% of the target share. Also, he had two games so far this year with fewer than 10 receiving yards. Do yourself a favor and don’t think twice. Dropping Schultz from your fantasy team will actually be nice!

Just Drop ‘Em

Maybe dropping some of these players from your Week 4 fantasy football lineup isn’t the perfect solution, but it is definitely something to keep in mind moving forward. If you’re 0-3 and don’t even have any of these players on your roster, well, I don’t know what to tell you. Kidding! I’ll be back next week with even more fantasy football coverage. So adjust your rosters wisely, and more importantly, Go Bills!

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