Waiver Wire Week 5: Has Trey Lance's Time Come in San Francisco?

San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance
San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance
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NFL Week 5 - Another week, another star running back injured. Last week, it was Christian McCaffrey. This week, it is David Montgomery. And while the reports as of Tuesday morning suggest that Montgomery avoided the torn ACL that would have ended his season, even a four-to-five-week absence for a hyperextension offers an opportunity for his backup to win a few fantasy matchups.

Roster percentages are for ESPN/Yahoo.

Damien Williams, RB, Chicago Bears

10%/8%

David Montgomery is expected to miss a month-plus with a knee hyperextension, but there are silver linings. First, he took major advantage of a plus Lions matchup with 106 yards and two touchdowns and reaffirmed my confidence that the lead Bears back can thrive with or without Justin Fields at quarterback. Second, he (hopefully) avoided a much more serious ACL injury. And third, he has a clear handcuff back in Damien Williams, at least while receiving back Tarik Cohen remains on the PUP list until at least Week 7. Williams out-snapped rookie Khalil Herbert 19 to seven in relief of Montgomery. Williams opted out of the 2020 season for COVID concerns, but in 2019, he finished fourth with 3.0 yards after contact per attempt and eighth with a 10.8% avoided tackle rate among backs with 100 or more carries including the postseason. And he looked explosive on Sunday, averaging 6.9 yards on eight carries, albeit against the Lions' bottom-10 DVOA run defense. Your FAB bid for Williams may depend on whether you roster Montgomery or not, but I wouldn't be shy in spending up for Williams in either case. He may only have a month, but he is a proven contributor as both a rusher and a receiver. That's more than most handcuffs can say.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 65%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: Yes

Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons

74%/76%

While teammate Mike Davis continues to see more playing time and more work and will always hold a special place in my heart after routinely trucking defenders after Christian McCaffrey went down in 2020, Patterson became impossible to ignore in fantasy with a three-touchdown outburst on Sunday. It probably goes without saying that Patterson has been super lucky in the scoring department this year. He has five combined rushing and receiving touchdowns but just 2.4 expected ones, good for a 2.6-touchdown surplus that is the second most among running backs and receivers behind just Ja'Marr Chase (2.8). But some regression there won't matter much if Patterson maintains his 13.3% target share, tied for 10th highest among running backs. Kareem Hunt is ninth with a 13.5% target share, and I think they are comparable fantasy assets apart from Hunt's better chance at a bell-cow role if his team's early-down back Nick Chubb were to suffer an injury. Of course, I never would have guessed that a long-time kick returner and occasional wide receiver in Patterson would seize a No. 2 running back job at 30 years old, so maybe I should stop saying what I think he couldn't do.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 31%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: Yes

Latavius Murray, RB, Baltimore Ravens

34%/47%

Ty'Son Williams was a surprising healthy scratch on Sunday, but maybe that should not have been surprising. Williams took a lot of early-season Ravens touches by default with expected starters J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards injured in the preseason. And Williams has whiffed on some critical pass blocks in that expanded role and since earned only the tepid endorsement of his offensive coordinator Greg Roman. With Williams sidelined in Week 4, Murray was the major beneficiary. His snap share percentage had been in the 30s in each of the season's first three weeks, but jumped to 62% on Sunday when he took 18 carries, eight more than he had in the best of his first three Ravens starts. Even without Williams' competition, Murray seems unlikely to contribute much as a receiver. He did not have a target in Week 4, and that makes him a lesser waiver priority than Damien Williams and Patterson even with their relative uncertainty. Still, Murray is an excellent option in the sort of fantasy format where Gus Edwards was a meaningful player in 2020.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 16%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys

21%/33%

I had already decided that Schultz could better his TE1 total of 147 PPR points from 2020 with fewer targets but better efficiency this year with Dak Prescott at quarterback. But after Sunday, I'm optimistic he could have the best of both. His eight targets against the Panthers led the team by three and boosted him to a 17.9% target share that is eighth-highest of all tight ends. Couple that with even his 1.7 expected versus three actual touchdowns scored and he is a slam-dunk top-10 player at his position. The only question then is whether Schultz owes any of his 15 targets the last two weeks to matchup considerations. Teammate and likely future target hog CeeDee Lamb saw just five targets against the blitz-heavy Panthers. Perhaps Prescott relied on his quick-open targets to avoid the pressure. But Schultz has seen his snap share increase from 68% in Week 1 to 79% on Sunday, and so I expect his increased volume to continue.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 12%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: Yes/No

Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers

19%/31%

Justin Fields may have you gun-shy for dual threat rookie quarterbacks in fantasy. But I would take that as a blessing if it can save you some FAB money on what, despite Fields' poor production, is an excellent speculative pick-up in even shallow formats. Lance seems unlikely to benefit from the busted coverage that netted him 76 of his 157 passing yards and one of his two touchdowns on an easy completion to Deebo Samuel in relief of an injured Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday. But if he continues to run, he won't need to do much as a passer to excel in fantasy. Lance took seven carries and ran for 41 yards on just 51% of the team's snaps in Week 4. With Garoppolo poised to miss a week or two at minimum with a calf injury, Lance could produce as a temporary top-10 fantasy quarterback if he can keep his head above water. And if he does the latter, he may earn the starting job for the rest of the season and swing some fantasy leagues.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 11%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks

1%/1%

I don't think Collins' sudden 50/50 workload split with Seahawks starter Chris Carson and better Week 4 output of 78 versus 31 total yards guarantees his status as the next Kareem Hunt (next Cordarrelle Patterson?). Collins' snap share has increased from 11% in Week 2 to 39% last week, but that latter rate would still be a Patterson-like low outlier among the fantasy-relevant players at his position. Still, I am compelled to recommend a non-trivial FAB expenditure for Collins because I am and have been enamored with his talent. Collins combined for 1,160 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage with the Ravens in 2017 but ended up released the next year because he was arrested for marijuana and firearm possession after wrecking his car. Collins seems to have turned his off-field life around since then, and while it has taken four years to make it back to this point, he's still just 27 years old. And at least on Sunday, he still looked explosive. By my count, he avoided four different tackles as he bobbed and weaved his way for a 14-yard touchdown.

Collins is built at 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, but he has the speed to hit the second level and can cut sharply and accelerate. Prior to Sunday, that made him a compelling handcuff to Collins with Rashaad Penny back on injured reserve again. Now I'm hopeful he could have a bigger impact and want him on my fantasy benches this next couple of weeks to see how the Seahawks react to his breakout performance.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 8%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins

69%/68%

By all rights, Gesicki should have more fantasy value than Dalton Schultz. He was drafted two rounds earlier in the same 2018 class as Schultz, has less competition from the skill talent around him in Miami, and, after another six targets on Sunday, he edges Schultz with an 18.6% versus a 17.9% target share on the season. Still, I prefer Schultz because of the splits Gesicki has shown with his two Dolphins quarterbacks this year. With backup Jacoby Brissett under center, Gesicki has seen 25 targets and a 21.0% target share. But with Tua Tagovailoa throwing, Gesicki has seen just two targets and a 6.5% target share. Much of that is likely coincidence. Tagovailoa managed just 31 attempts before he fractured his ribs early in Week 2 and targeted Gesicki on 14.8% of his passes in 2020, a rate just shy of Ryan Fitzpatrick's 15.7%. Still, I can't shake the Next Gen Stat that Gesicki had the third-lowest average separation of 2.0 yards of regular receivers in 2020. Tagovailoa has below-average arm strength for an NFL quarterback. Even when healthy, he may opt to shift some targets from his contested-catch receivers Gesicki and DeVante Parker to his new explosive receivers Jaylen Waddle and Will Fuller (once healthy from a broken finger).

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 7%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers

75%/72%

After missing the last two weeks with a shoulder injury that apparently has him in extreme pain, Mitchell has fallen below the 80% roster threshold that makes him eligible for my FAB recommendations. I think he should be rostered everywhere. Kyle Shanahan may have complimented Trey Sermon for his improvements from the first month, but Mitchell has still played 64% and 61% of offensive snaps in his two healthy games and taken a lion's share of 19 touches in both of them. When he can play, I expect Mitchell to reassert his lead position in his backfield. And Mitchell may return to the field in Week 5. He got in his first limited practice on Friday since the injury and was not ruled out for Week 4 until Sunday morning. Try to judge how aggressive you will need to be to land Mitchell in your specific fantasy leagues. But don't be afraid to spend more than my recommended 6% FAB rate to make sure you land what could be an RB2 for the rest of the season.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 6%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers

58%/65%

I considered Dillon a preseason fantasy sleeper because of the explosive offense around him, his tremendous size at 6-foot-0 and 247 pounds, and his standout 3.2 yards after contact per attempt, second-highest among 2020 backs with 40 or more carries. He seemed like a candidate for a massive touchdown total in his second season. Well, so far, that hasn't happened. Even after a workload spike on Sunday, Dillon has not scored and has just 0.1 expected rushing and receiving touchdowns. The smaller Aaron Jones has lapped him with five actual and 3.4 expected touchdowns. Still, Dillon saw his snap share increase from between 28% and 29% in Weeks 1 to 3 to 40% in Week 4, and he nearly matched Jones with 16 versus 18 total touches. For me, that makes Dillon worthy of a speculative add. Even if he scores touchdowns at a rate commensurate with his playing time, he should see extra opportunities in such an explosive offense. And he has already doubled his 2020 target total (two) with six targets this season. He may not need to score to support a deeper-format fantasy value the way that backs such as Mark Ingram and Ronald Jones do.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 6%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers

18%/37%

The Panthers clearly passed on Justin Fields in the draft because they had already traded for the best running quarterback in football. Darnold didn't just run in another two touchdowns against Dallas to push his positional lead to five rushing scores. He scored those touchdowns on designed runs.

As a Panthers fan, I find it hilarious. Cam Newton only bested Darnold's current total of five rushing touchdowns in five of his nine seasons with the team. All jokes aside, I still don't view Darnold as a dual-threat fantasy contributor like Josh Allen and maybe not even Daniel Jones. But whatever the specifics of the touchdowns, Darnold has justified his fantasy consideration with a prolific expected touchdown total. His 9.6 expected passing plus rushing touchdowns are third-most at the position. Only Allen (13.1) and Tom Brady (11.7) have more. Darnold may fall back as the Panthers face more difficult defenses in the second half of the season. But he looks like a strong NFL quarterback with a 67.8% completion rate and 8.1 yards per attempt, something I never thought I'd say four years into his NFL career.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 6%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

67%/77%

I remain more optimistic for Burrow's fantasy value than I am for Darnold's. Burrow has bested his contemporary with a 72.9% completion rate, 9.2 yards per pass attempt, and nine touchdowns in four games. That latter total ties him for fifth-most at the position, behind just Patrick Mahomes (14), Matthew Stafford (11), Dak Prescott (10), and Brady (10). But Burrow does not match Darnold for actual fantasy production to date, and so I expect he will be a cheaper player to add in most fantasy leagues. And Burrow deserves some caution in his 6.1-touchdown passing surplus over just 2.9 expected touchdowns. The best real-world quarterbacks can sustain those sorts of surpluses with consistent touchdowns from long range—Patrick Mahomes paces the position with a 6.6-touchdown surplus this season. I think Burrow can do the same, but he does not have the track record of the elite veterans that have already done so in their careers.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 4%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Samaje Perine, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

2%/2%

Burrow was already carrying the bulk of the Bengals' offensive production, and he may shoulder even more of that load the next week or two with running back Joe Mixon poised to miss time with an ankle injury. I'm confident Perine will see the bulk of the team's carries while Mixon is out. Perine has out-snapped the sixth-round rookie Chris Evans 44 to nine this season. But Perine is a one-dimensional bruiser at 5-foot-11 and 240 pounds. He's unlikely to match Mixon's production as a receiver, and that is the key to the latter's fantasy value in this offense. Pick up Perine in case Mixon is out longer than initially expected or if you want to speculate on a possible Week 6 spot start against the Lions. But don't overspend.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 3%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets

57%/51%

The Jets may have a backfield to avoid in fantasy much like that of the Texans. Both teams use a committee, and both teams seem likely to fall behind in most of their games and be forced to shift play balance toward the pass. Still, the one player I want to roster from those committees is the Jets rookie Carter. His 34 yards from Sunday do not scream fantasy relevant, but he has seen his snap share increase from 25% in Week 1 to 45%, 43%, and 51% in Weeks 2 to 4. And he jumped from six total carries and targets in Week 1 to 14, 12, and 16 the last three weeks. Only 28 backs have averaged 14 or more opportunities per game since Week 2. As one of them, Carter is closer to flex consideration than his production to date makes him seem.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 3%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

71%/58%

Trevor Lawrence has not continued the garbage time fantasy production he showed with 332 yards and three touchdowns in a three-score loss to the Texans in Week 1. His 118, 219, and 204 passing yards from the last three weeks narrow his possible fantasy beneficiaries to just one or two receivers. But I think Shenault can be one of them after DJ Chark fractured his ankle and is poised to miss extended time. That injury happened early on Thursday night and so teased Shenault's likely sustainable 75% snap share, second-highest of the team's receivers behind Marvin Jones (93%). Meanwhile, Shenault has seen seven or more targets in all but one game this season, the exception being in Week 3 when he was dealing with his own injury to his shoulder. And while Lawrence has little talent around him, that has not curbed his aggressiveness. He has targeted a wide receiver on 62.5% of his pass attempts, the 13th-highest rate in football.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 3%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

15%/20%

Week 4 overtime win aside, Zach Wilson has had little more to celebrate than his fellow rookie Lawrence this season. He has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game, and an 11.5% adjusted sack rate without star left tackle Mekhi Becton will likely continue to sabotage that effort. It isn't a recipe for widespread fantasy success, but it could be good news for the slot receiver Crowder specifically. Before Crowder returned from a groin injury on Sunday, Wilson leaned on his replacement Braxton Berrios with a 20.6% target share that was 41st among wide receivers. Meanwhile, Crowder led the team with nine targets on Sunday and clearly reasserted his position with a 62% snap share versus a 15% one for Berrios. Albeit with lesser talent around him in 2020, Crowder carried a 25.0% target share that was 14th-highest at the position. He could be a top-25 PPR option the rest of this year even if the Jets continue their early-season offensive struggles.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 3%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts

77%/78%

I'm no less optimistic for Pittman today than I was when I recommended a 10% FAB bid for him last week. He led the team with an 86% snap share on Sunday and saw another eight targets, three more than any other Colts receiver. His 25.0% target share this season is tied for 19th-highest at his position. I have lowered the recommended bid because Pittman has stalled out at a roster rate in the high 70%. You can start Pittman with confidence in any format, at least until T.Y. Hilton returns from his neck injury. But if his 12 targets in both Weeks 2 and 3 didn't earn him a pick-up in your league last week, then I doubt his eight targets on Sunday moved the needle. Take advantage of a rare inexpensive WR2 waiver option.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 3%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots

71%/68%

Or maybe not that rare! Maybe there are more non-PPR leagues than I realized, because a lack of touchdowns is the only reason I can think of why Meyers has avoided a roster spot in more than a quarter of fantasy leagues. Meyers once again paced the Patriots with a 95% snap share and 12 targets on Sunday night. That latter total doubled that of any other skill player on the team and pushed him to a 25.9% target share on the season, 16th-highest among wide receivers. The Patriots may want to be more run-oriented than most other teams, but they have only built the lead to enable that wish in one of their four games, the one against the Jets. Meanwhile, Mac Jones is one of just seven starting quarterbacks with a 70.0% completion rate or better. He is good enough already to make Meyers a borderline WR2/3 in PPR formats even without more than a handful of touchdowns this season.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 3%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Baltimore Ravens

16%/23%

Bell played a modest 27% of snaps in his Ravens debut. That may have bested Devonta Freeman's 8%, but it was nowhere near Latavius Murray's 62% rate. Chances are, Bell will fall short of shallow-league fantasy relevance this season. That said, even past his rushing prime, Bell likely remains one of the better pass protectors as his position. I think that's the reason the Ravens promoted and started him in place of the more dynamic Ty'Son Williams in Week 4. And with that as a possible avenue to fantasy work, Bell is worth a flier to see if he can build to replacing Williams' more than 10 touches per game from the first three weeks.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 3%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Buffalo Bills

44%/58%

The Bills are frustrating enough of a fantasy read with their yo-yoing of their running back workloads between Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. Now I'm worried they may do the same to fantasy players with wide receivers Sanders and Cole Beasley. After eschewing Sanders as a fantasy recommendation last week because of Beasley's then-markedly better 24.2% versus 16.1% full-season target share, Sanders dramatically outproduced Beasley again with five versus two catches and 74 versus 16 yards on Sunday. I want to say that Sanders is trending. That would make sense since he is the newcomer as an offseason free agent addition. It just doesn't seem true. Sanders set his season low with a 71% snap share on Sunday. He and Beasley (50%) likely both saw less work with the Bills smashing the Texans by 40 points, but neither receiver has differentiated himself from the other in terms of overall workload or percentage of work seen in close games or during blowouts. Your guess is as good as mine. But even with the uncertainty, Sanders deserves a roster spot. He may be the Bills' No. 2 receiver. And if he isn't, the Bills may support three receivers in fantasy this season.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 2%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears

41%/38%

Justin Fields has thrown just 37 total passes for 287 yards the last two weeks. That is too little production to turn any of his receivers into fantasy starters. Still, Fields had a much easier time against a much lesser defense in the Lions in Week 4 than he did while taking nine sacks against the Browns in Week 3. And if you want to speculate on Fields' continued improvement, Mooney is a decent bet. After more than doubling No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson with seven versus three targets on Sunday, Mooney has passed his teammate with a 25.5% versus a 23.5% target share on the season. That former rate lands Mooney in the top 20 wide receivers and would make him a flex option if Fields turned a corner or if Andy Dalton returned and contributed more than the dual-threat rookie through the air.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 1%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

25%/29%

Gainwell isn't exactly trending. He has played between 31% and 39% of offensive snaps in all four of his games this season, and his one and three carries the last two weeks are down markedly from the nine and six he took in Weeks 1 and 2. But Gainwell has a 12.6% target share for the season that is 14th-highest among running backs. That rate puts him just behind Kenyan Drake at 12.9%, and despite a smaller stature of 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, Gainwell could mirror Drake's rest-of-season fantasy production with Peyton Barber now in the mix in Las Vegas and do so at a dramatically less expensive price for deep-league fantasy players.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 1%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team

49%/39%

Gainwell isn't quite the 2020 version of McKissic, but neither is McKissic himself. The latter player has seen his typical snap share fall from about 60% last year to about 40% this year. And his target share has nearly halved from 20.4% to 11.5% as second-year back Antonio Gibson has asserted a lead role with the team. Still, even that reduced target share has McKissic 23rd at the position. And while he has been a bit lucky with two actual versus 1.1 expected rushing and receiving touchdowns, Gibson has been the same with two versus 1.3. If the first month is any indication, McKissic remains a major player in the Washington offense. As such, he's an option in your deeper PPR formats.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 1%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington Football Team

57%/40%

Antonio Gibson may not be the threat to J.D. McKissic's target volume that many analysts hoped he would be. But I'm not convinced that Samuel won't be in the end. The free-agent addition had a soft debut for his new team in Week 4 with just a 37% snap share and four targets after starting the year on injured reserve with a groin injury. But Samuel played 70% of snaps most weeks for the Panthers in 2020. He should trend toward that volume as he continues to distance himself from the preseason injury. And if he can maintain his debut rate of a target on 16.0% of his snaps, he'll have definite fantasy value. That rate would have tied Samuel for the 10th highest at his position in 2020 with receivers Sterling Shepard and Cole Beasley, players I expect Samuel to match for fantasy value if he can remain healthy the rest of the way.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 1%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

16%/26%

Ertz may have increased his target totals from two in both Weeks 1 and 2 to seven and eight in Weeks 3 and 4, but I don't think that teases a return to his pre-injury form from 2017 to 2019 when he was in his 20s and made the Pro Bowl every season. His snap shares have actually trended down this year from 58% and 64% the first two weeks to 52% and 50% the last two. But while he has become the clear second Eagles tight end behind Dallas Goedert, Ertz is one of the few second tight ends that have even deeper-league fantasy relevance. His 13.3% target share is tied for 16th at the position. And he should land in that range in fantasy scoring if he avoids another injury.

Recommended FAB bid (% of maximum): 1%
Should you use your No. 1 waiver priority on him: No

Players on More Than 80% of Rosters to Add

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (95%/95%)
Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams (94%/96%)
Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans (94%/93%)
Odell Beckham, WR, Cleveland Browns (93%/95%)
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos (92%/91%)
Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (90%/89%)
DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (89%/86%)
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (88%/83%)
Antonio Brown, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (87%/92%)
Kenny Golladay, WR, New York Giants (87%/83%)
Marvin Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (87%/80%)
Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos (86%/88%)
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (86%/87%)
Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (84%/85%)
Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams (81%/95%)
Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets (81%/81%)
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins (81%/70%)
Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (77%/81%)
Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills (73%/80%)
Trey Sermon, RB, San Francisco 49ers (69%/82%)
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (52%/80%)

Players on More Than 20% of Rosters You Can Drop

DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (79%/54%)
Will Fuller, WR, Miami Dolphins (76%/60%)
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns (75%/65%)
Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams (61%/65%)
Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears (37%/41%)
James White, RB, New England Patriots (36%/17%)
Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (29%/40%)
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Houston Texans (29%/25%)
Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers (28%/21%)
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (27%/16%)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (24%/25%)
Tyrell Williams, WR, Detroit Lions (20%/14%)
Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts (20%/5%)
Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (16%/28%)

Comments

2 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2021, 2:57pm

1 Scott, Thank you for putting…

Scott, Thank you for putting together this article each week.  It's always a must check for me before I put in my bids on a Tuesday night.  

I notice you have Justin Fields as a player you can drop though - perhaps not after today's announcement?

2 Re: Fields

I'm glad it helps you, Sifter. The distinction there is that I think Fields can be dropped, but I wouldn't definitely drop him. I had higher expectations for his frequency of running than he's shown in two games, so at this point, I wouldn't hold him thinking I'd be getting Jalen Hurts from last December even with Fields announced as the rest-of-season starter. If I could drop Fields to pick up Joe Burrow or Sam Darnold, for example, I would.