Dead Weight Report: Week 14 Fantasy Football Drop List
It’s extermination time for your fantasy rosters, as we’re one week from all systems go for the postseason. Our squads need to be trimmed of all the fat and what-ifs so they are streamlined for success.
Those already bound for postseason play can also use this week to drop players who are unlikely to get off the bench in favor of those with greater potential in their vital win-or-go-home matchups ahead.
Below is a look at a handful of players who are drop-zone-worthy as we head down the stretch of the NFL and fantasy seasons. Some of these may be too aggressive for larger leagues or teams who have bye week issues, but these are the guys I think are dead weight moving forward.
Brandin Cooks, WR - Texans
Pour a few out for what could have been for Brandin Cooks this season, coming in as the clear WR1 for the Texans with a juicy sixth-round ADP. He was fresh off back-to-back fantasy WR2 seasons in half-PPR points per contest and was set up with a young, promising QB in Davis Mills. Fast forward to Week 14, and we have a disgruntled wideout with a calf injury, not catching balls from Kyle Allen.
We don’t know if Cooks will be back this week, but it really doesn’t matter since the Houston passing game is anemic, and the 29-year-old has already checked out on the franchise. There are 70% of Yahoo managers rostering Cooks right now, and you’re all better off with a WR on a better offense with more motivation for success down the stretch.
Kadarius Toney, WR - Chiefs
The medal for the most unfulfilled potential this season has to go to Kadarius Toney, or at least he’s on the podium. First in New York and then even more so on his new team in Kansas City, the sophomore WR was full of promise but has been nothing but a letdown for those still keeping him on their rosters.
Toney has played in just five contests in 2022 and is rocking a brutal 6.4 half-PPR points per game. The 23-year-old’s best outing came in Week 10, where he caught four balls for 57 yards and a score, with an additional two carries for 33 yards. He’s since re-aggravated his hamstring for the eleventeeth time this season and just can’t be trusted with everything on the line in the fantasy playoffs.
James Robinson, RB - Jets
It was unclear what to make of the New York backfield once Michael Carter was declared out in Week 13, but the picture is coming more into focus, and James Robinson will be nothing more than a background figure moving forward. Zonovan Knight saw 20 touches in Week 13, followed by Ty Johnson’s seven, with Robinson carrying the ball just four times for a meager 10 yards with no targets in the passing game.
Van Jefferson, WR - Rams
As the default WR1 for LA with both Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson on the shelf, one would think Van Jefferson would be a serviceable option for fantasy football purposes. However, Jefferson hasn’t cracked 41 yards this season and has only found the end zone once since Kupp sustained his ankle injury in Week 10.
Having to catch balls from the backup duo of John Wolford and Bryce Perkins isn’t exactly helping his cause, and with the bye weeks wrapping up this week, there are better options out there at wideout to elevate your respective fantasy squads like Michael Gallup, Corey Davis, or D.J. Chark.
DeAndre Carter, WR - Chargers
The LA WR has had his moments in 2022, but is still relegated to the boom-or-bust fantasy category, even with key members of the Chargers offense sidelined this season. He seems to alternate between double-digit outputs and true duds, which is not what we need heading into the fantasy postseason.