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Players to Drop For Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

Max Staley
JuJu Smith-Schuster's fantasy outlook makes him drop-worthy in most leagues.
JuJu Smith-Schuster's fantasy outlook makes him drop-worthy in most leagues. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

There are a ton of great options available on the waiver wire this week, with these five being our favorites of the bunch. But if you want to make room for those players, or make a speculative add on new starter Tua Tagovailoa, you'll probably need to cut someone from your roster.

These cuts can be infuriating, as fantasy managers are often forced to admit defeat on some once-promising breakout or sleeper picks. And it's rarely as simple as just cutting players who haven't produced, as you'll only want to part ways with players that don't have much long-term upside.

With that in mind, here are three players you can drop to make room for additions on the waiver wire in Week 7.

3. Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (50% Rostered)

One of the fastest players in football, Mecole Hardman was a popular breakout pick this offseason. He flashed big-time talent as a rookie and was catching passes from the league's most dynamic QB in Patrick Mahomes. But for whatever reason, the guy just isn't getting enough volume to be worth a look. He's played two games since Sammy Watkins went down, recording 4 targets for 2 catches and 50 receiving yards in that time. He's also been out-snapped 118 to 79 by Demarcus Robinson during that span, and he only played 1 more snap than Byron Pringle in Week 6. Hardman is going to have his moments thanks to the role he plays in KC, but you'll never know when those are coming. He's not worth a roster spot in season-long leagues unless Tyreek Hill gets hurt.

2. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (81% Rostered)

Most had high hopes for the T.Y. Hilton-Philip Rivers combo, but the results just haven't been there. He has only broken double-digit PPR points once this season and has yet to reach even 70 receiving yards, checking in as the WR68 in PPR formats despite playing all six games. There's certainly a chance Hilton and Rivers figure it out, but there's not much evidence pointing to a return to form for the speedster. Rivers is throwing deep at a bottom-12 rate among qualified passers, and Hilton is averaging a career-worst 6.5 yards per target as a result. Even when he does air it out, it's clear Rivers just isn't the downfield thrower he used to be, and Hilton is no longer good enough to overcome that. There are a ton of wideouts with better short- and long-term outlooks available waiver wire.

1. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (98% Rostered)

The days of JuJu Smith-Schuster being an every-week fantasy starter are over. Frankly, they have been for a while now. The 2018 Pro Bowler hasn't reached 70 receiving yards since Week 8 of 2019 and his production is clearly trending in the wrong direction. Ben Roethlisberger was enamored with Diontae Johnson at the start of the year, funneling 23 targets his way over the first two weeks. JuJu had a chance to re-establish himself with Johnson essentially sidelined since then, but rookie Chase Claypool is the one who stepped up instead. Claypool has seen 19 targets to JuJu's 14 during that three game span, and it's not like James Washington (18 targets in that time) and Eric Ebron (17) are going away any time soon. Not only is JuJu struggling to see volume, the volume he is seeing isn't particularly valuable. JuJu has an outrageously low average depth of target (aDOT) of 4.7 yards on the year. For context, that puts him in the company of running backs Jerick McKinnon (4.3) and Miles Sanders (4.0). The valuable, high-leverage targets are simply going elsewhere, with Johnson (8.2 aDOT), Claypool (13.6), Washington (9.1) and even Ebron (9.0) all dwarfing that number with ease. At this point, JuJu is a TD-dependent, possession receiver who isn't seeing much volume, and that will only get worse with Johnson set to return in Week 7.

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