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Players to Drop for Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups in Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
3 players you can drop for fantasy football waiver wire pickups in Week 2.
3 players you can drop for fantasy football waiver wire pickups in Week 2. / Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

For as important as it is to know which players you should target on the waiver wire, it's just as crucial to know who you can drop from your team to make space.

You don't want to cut ties with high-upside players too early, but you also don't want duds hanging around taking up valuable bench space.

With that in mind, here are five players, all rostered in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, that you can drop to make space for Week 2 wavier wire pickups.

Fantasy Football Players to Drop

1. Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams

You probably shouldn't expect Sony Michel to continue seeing only 1 carry per game as he gets up to speed in the Los Angeles Rams offense, but you also probably shouldn't expect him to take over as the lead back. Darrell Henderson tallied 70 yards on 16 carries against a stout Chicago Bears defense in Week 1, and he's clearly the leader of this backfield. Michel won't offer a ton of upside while Henderson is healthy, and that's a roster spot that would be better used on a player with a better ceiling.

2. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons' offense was an absolute disaster in Week 1, dropping just 6 points (and failing to score a touchdown) against the Philadelphia Eagles. Matt Ryan should still be considered a streaming option in fantasy football when he gets the right matchup, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 are decidedly not "the right matchup." With his appeal really only coming as a streaming option, there's no benefit to stashing Ryan on your bench in a standard one-QB league.

3. Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Some injured players are worth hanging on to, but that's not the case for Raheem Mostert. He's expected to miss eight weeks, and even if he sticks to that timeline, it's hard to imagine he's not eased back into action. Kyle Shanahan also loves using a committee approach in his backfield, and either Elijah Mitchell or Trey Sermon could easily emerge as the leader of the group. That has the potential to relegate Mostert to an RB2 role upon returning.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.