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Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 12 Waiver Pickups

Jason Schandl
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As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 12, adding those players comes at a cost. In order to make those additions, you'll also need to find players on your team to drop.

It's not always as simple as dropping the players who put up the lowest fantasy scores last week either, as a deeper look at workload and matchups could reveal them to be bounce-back candidates moving forward.

With that in mind, let's look at four players, owned in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, that should prove safe to drop this week in order to make room for waiver wire pickups.

1. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (50% Owned)

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As quickly as it seemed like O.J. Howard's fantasy value was undergoing a resurgence, it disappeared. He turned in a good game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10, but they've been the NFL's worst team against tight ends this year. In non-Cardinals matchups, Howard has averaged just 2.7 targets and 4.4 PPR fantasy points per game. There's no need to hang onto him, especially after he played a season-low 17 snaps in Week 11.

2. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (53% Owned)

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Robby Anderson's volume has continued to fall off, and even with an incredibly soft three-week stretch coming up on the schedule he's almost impossible to trust in fantasy. He hasn't seen more than four targets in a game since Week 8, and the last two weeks have been some of his most worrying of the year. He saw three targets in each (matching his season-low) while also playing 83 percent of the New York Jets' offensive snaps (tied for his second-lowest mark of the season).

3. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (77% Owned)

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Philip Rivers just had one of the most favorable fantasy matchups that he'll draw for a while, and he only managed 12.1 fantasy points on Monday. He's now averaging 11.1 per game over the last four, and he ranks 24th among QBs with 14.5 per contest on the year. He has a bye in Week 12, and he's safe to drop now, as his first three opponents out of the bye are all giving up 17.0 fantasy points per game or fewer to opposing QBs on the season. Additionally, the Denver Broncos, his Week 13 opponent, are allowing the NFL's third-fewest (12.3).


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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 their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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