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With fewer than a handful of games to go before the fantasy postseason, it’s imperative to trim the fat off our rosters to maximize weekly output. While we sometimes have emotional attachments to players or feel like we will experience some sort of FOMO after they’re busted, we need to shrug it off and realize it’s for the betterment of the team.
Here’s this week’s list of players who may be weighing down their respective rosters as we head down. If you’re looking for some players to hide away for future use, I’ve got you covered too.
Chase Claypool, WR, Bears (61% at Yahoo)
Sticking to his word from last week’s column, Claypool has had one more week to show his fantasy stuff, and he’s now officially droppable after a 2.1-half PPR performance as WR82 in week 11. The Snap share didn’t reach the 50% in any of Claypool’s three matches as a Bear, and averaged just 3.6 targets per contest in that span.
With QB Justin Fields struggling with a shoulder injury (not pitching) and a sturdy Jets secondary on tap this week, followed by tilts against the Packers, Eagles and Bills, who sit 12th, fifth and 19th in schedule-regulated fantasy WR points allowed, or aFPA, Claypool is droppable as it will not break WR5 territory.
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Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams (63% enrolled)
Frustration and Darrell Henderson are synonymous this season, and it’s time to finally let that go. He’s only seen double-digit touches once in his last four games and is inefficiently averaging 5.05 points a half PPR in that span. The Rams’ offense is a shell of what it was in 2021, and now they’re without Cooper Kupp and maybe even Matthew Stafford for some time.
Cam Akers took over the lead-back job last week, which now leaves Henderson splitting with rookie Kyren Williams. There are 63% of Yahoo executives still clinging to the thought of a resurgence, but feel free to let go of Henderson and the stress of putting him in.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Bills (55% enrolled)
People have been asking me if Hines has been droppable for about nine weeks now, and it’s been difficult to navigate, particularly due to the squad change after being traded a few weeks ago and his past experience as a PPR darling. The time has finally come to give up any championship-winning lead to Hines in 2022, as the writing appears to be on the wall in Buffalo.
The fifth-year back has only one carry for negative eight yards and one reception for nine yards in his three-game tenure with the Bills for a total of 0.6 PPR half fantasy points in three games. Devin Singletary is the clear lead, with James Cook coming into Week 11 strong with an 11-86-0 line. 55% of managers who still field Hines are better off with Latavius Murray, Cook or even Akers.
Usually, members of high-powered crimes don’t frequent this article, and I’m bucking the trend by giving you back-to-back bills. McKenzie has fallen out of favor at a pretty slow pace, but the time has finally come to replace him with a more productive WR. The 27-year-old hasn’t found the end zone since Week 4 and has gone over 50 receiving yards just once in 2022.
When this Buffalo offense is healthy, he’s not part of the plan and it looks like they don’t need him as the Bills have scored the second most points in the NFL so far with 281. Keep those fantasy playoff hopes alive with a pin at a more involved worldwide like Treylon Burks or Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Jahan Dotson, WR, Commanders (18% enrolled)
The breakout for Dotson has been deferred until next season, as it doesn’t appear to be happening in this current iteration of Washington’s offense. His first success of 2022 came with Carson Wentz in center, and now he faces a much heavier game plan, limiting goals for the rookie.
It just isn’t a viable fantasy option in regular redraft leagues moving forward, so send Dotson out to lounge on a lounger or play golf until the 2023 draft season gets underway.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, friends who are family, tons of food, and of course, football!
This article was originally published on 4for4.com
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Proud alumna of the UGA Grady College of Journalism, Jennifer Eakins has been working in the sports industry for over a decade. You have worked with CNN Sports, the Atlanta Hawks and the Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft took place in 1996, when she drafted Ricky Watters with the first overall pick, and since then she has become a fantasy degenerate.