Amari Cooper (94% Yahoo, 93% ESPN)
Look, this one might be more of a trade first, drop second, but Cooper has given you just 2 good weeks and 4 bad ones and the chance you actually started him in those weeks given his inconsistency is close to zero. On top of that he just suffered a concussion and now there are rumors the Raiders are actively shopping him for a draft pick. The silver lining may be the trade, where he could potentially go to a better situation but let that be someone else’s headache.
Derrick Henry (67% Yahoo, 71% ESPN)
Another week, another subpar performance from Henry to the tune of just 3.6 fantasy points. Henry has not exceeded 6 fantasy points yet this year, even in PPR leagues. The Titans offense is brutally inefficient, ranking at the bottom of the league and with the time share with Dion Lewis that we mentioned last week it’s going to take positive game scripts to get Henry touches and points for your team.
Ito Smith (9% Yahoo, 14% ESPN)
I’ve been touting Smith for over a month now and his ownership has only slightly risen from nearly unowned to 14% in ESPN. He’s likely still available in your league but with the news that Devonta Freeman is headed to IR you’ll need a top waiver claim to get him now. With Freeman out Smith has seen 43% and 46% in weeks 4 and 6 and has a touchdown in each of the last 3 weeks. We’ve seen stand alone value with both Tevin Coleman and Freeman playing together and Smith should provide similar value backed by a coaching staff who drafted him.
Duke Johnson (33% Yahoo, 45% ESPN)
I believe we’re finally going to start seeing the productivity we thought we’d get out of Johnson this year. As Baker Mayfield continues to acclimate to the NFL and see the field better I believe we’ll see him use his check down more often. Both Nick Chubb and Carlos Hyde are not your prototypical pass catches, something Johnson excels at. In PPR leagues I’d absolutely add him as the Browns have a great schedule over the next several weeks.
Rashaad Penny (20% Yahoo, 25% ESPN)
Penny is on a bye this week but is a speculative add as he’s a likely drop candidate for teams who need to fill any bye week gaps. He received the bulk of the carries once Seattle went up big this week against the Raiders but still saw a split with Chris Carson and Mike Davis. I expect Davis to fade but Carson will remain in the mix. As the season progresses however I’d expect Penny to get plenty of looks as the pressure will be on this coaching staff to justify the first round selection. You won’t be starting him soon but he does have good matchups down the stretch against the 49ers twice and the Chiefs in week 16.
Frank Gore (10% Yahoo, 12% ESPN)
Two weeks after I told you to sell Kenyan Drake I’m hear to tell you to buy Frank Gore. Gore is out rushing Drake 44% to 33.8% for the year, is averaging 2 more carries per game, and averaging 15.5 YPG more. The dude is ageless and is clearly more efficient. Drake is seeing nearly all of the targets to running backs but Gore’s aDOT is actually better than Drakes. All signs point to Gore outscoring Drake as the year progresses.
Josh Reynolds (1% Yahoo, 0% ESPN)
Cooper Kupp is dealing with an MCL issue and will likely sit or be limited for at least several weeks. Enter Josh Reynolds who was a 4th round selection last year by Sean McVay and should have a bright future in dynasty leagues. Josh has great hands and could make an immediate impact in this high powered offense. This might be the only week to quietly grab him off waivers before the hype train leaves the station.
Adam Humphries (1% Yahoo, 1% ESPN)
Humphries went largely under the radar the first 3 weeks with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm seeing just 12 targets but with the return of Jameis Winston has seen 11 over just 2 games. He’s not a weekly starter but should make for a decent spot start this week in deeper leagues against a weak Browns defense at home.