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Fantasy Football: Players to drop for your Week 10 waiver wire pickups

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By Jennifer Eakins, 4 by 4

Special for Sportzshala Sports

After last week, you might be tempted to drop your entire fantasy list if you don’t have Justin Fields or Joe Mixon, as it was a feast or famine across the board. We have four teams (Jets, Patriots, Bengals and Ravens) watching from home or vacation this week, as well as many injuries continue to haunt the leaguebut there are still falls to be made and moves to be made.

We must always strive to improve the squad, so cutting players who don’t produce results is a necessary evil. If you are looking for players stash for the futureI covered you there too.

Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams (85 percent registered on Sportzshala)

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The rams appear to be broken; maybe someone can take out the cartridge and blow through. We’ve hit double-digit weeks in the NFL season and managers need wins now, so we can’t wait for Los Angeles to figure out what’s going on with offense. Tyler Higbee went from 95% snaps in week 1-5 to 76% in the last four contests and has only been attacked nine times since week seven.

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I know things are tough in the league at TE, but maybe it’s time for the 85% of Sportzshala managers clinging to Higbee to start streaming position based on weekly matches or try to find a more productive option in bounce wiring like Greg Dalcic. Cade Otton or dare I say Cole Kmet.

It has become difficult for Tyler Higbee to trust the fantasy leagues, even in such a weak position as a tight end.  (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vesquez)
It has become difficult for Tyler Higbee to trust the fantasy leagues, even in such a weak position as a tight end. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vasquez)

Cam Akers, RB, Rams (41% in composition)

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Cam Akers is a disgruntled player left on a team he obviously doesn’t like. In RB’s first game after Week 5, Akers saw five carries that he took for just three yards and lost to Darrell Henderson’s 12 rushes. Bulk aside, Akers just doesn’t look right and doesn’t even come close to the level he was before his torn Achilles.

Over 40% of you are still hoping for a 23 year old boy and it is my duty to give you permission to let him go. There are quite a lot of new players in the RB position due to injuries and exhaustion, so swap Akers for Jeff Wilson or Rachaada White.

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Alec Pierce WR, Colts (33% in composition)

It was a terrible outing for the Colts in Week 9, one of the worst offensive performances of any team this season. The rookie has been decent at times but sits like a WR48 with half a PPR and has only amassed 10.8 full PPRs since Indy switched to QB with Sam Elinger.

It’s becoming clear that this offense is unlikely to be able to support a star like Michael Pittman Jr. pushing forward, let alone supporting parts of the host corps. Pierce is currently in the top 33% of Sportzshala’s managers, so make those teams solid and replace him with more productive hitters like Van’Dale Robinson or even Terrace Marshall Jr.

Elijah Moore, WR, Jets (31% in composition)

The 22-year-old was on this list in week 7, but Elijah Moore is still on the list with a fairly high ranking and has done absolutely nothing since then to benefit fantasy managers, so he has earned another place in the this column. Moore is still Jet after the trade deadline, despite asking for a trade, and has not received a single catch since the fifth week.

Head coach Robert Saleh gives us little optimism thinking his usage will change, so there’s no reason why Moore should be listed for fantastic goals in 2022.

Caleb Huntley, quarterback, Falcons (24% in composition)

Cordarella Patterson’s return from IR leaves Caleb Huntley as a third option behind 10-year journeyman and rookie Tyler Allgayer. Atlanta reduced Patterson to 13 carries and one target, which he turned into 53 full yards and two touchdowns.

Huntley’s use was third in the pecking order and should remain there until the end of the season, barring another injury. If you have a big bench and want to hide him, that’s fine, but in most formats, a rookie can be safely ditched in favor of a RB higher up on the depth table.

Trauma falls

Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens, and Michael Thomas, WR, Saints

Both of these players will undergo foot surgery and they will be done during the season. You are enough to make this duet, and it is worth mentioning. Clear some space in the roster and let them recover before the next draft season.

Romeo Dubs WR, Packers and JK Dobbins, RB, Ravens

Dubs is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury, and Dobbins is now recovering from knee surgery, making him difficult to keep. When and if they return to the field, the fantasy postseason will be in full swing, so they can be safely thrown out for now.

On thin ice (Isaiah/Isaiah story)

  • Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Bills: McKenzie has gone through a fantasy journey up and down in 2022, but he is still a WR3 on one of the best offenses in the NFL. Let’s see how it plays out at home against the Vikings this week.

  • Isaiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs: The rookie started for the second week in a row but didn’t make much of a difference in the role, posting just nine yards in Week 9. don’t throw Pacheco yet. Let’s wait at least one more week as the Chiefs have an auspicious RB game against the Jaguars on Sunday.

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Jennifer Eakins, a proud graduate of the UGA Grady College of Journalism, has been in the sports industry for over a decade. She has worked with CNN Sports, Atlanta Hawks and Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft came in 1996 when she selected Ricky Watters with the first overall pick, and she has been a fantasy degenerate ever since.

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