Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 14 Waiver Pickups

Sammy Watkins runs after catching a pass in a Week 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Sammy Watkins runs after catching a pass in a Week 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings. | Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 14, 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 three 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. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (75% Owned)

Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins runs with the ball in a Week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. | Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs' offense is clicking again, but Sammy Watkins has very little to do with that. He has tallied just six targets across the last two games, turning that limited workload into two receptions for 26 yards. He has eclipsed 50 receiving yards in a game just once since Week 4, and has averaged 7.5 PPR fantasy points per game since returning from injury in Week 8. Making matters worse, his schedule for the rest of the season is a nightmare. He gets the New England Patriots in Week 14, Denver Broncos in Week 15 and Chicago Bears in Week 16 — all teams that have held opposing wideouts to bottom-five production in PPR scoring.

2. Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts (75% Owned)

Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Jonathan Williams' breakout was short-lived. After running for 116 yards in relief of an injured Marlon Mack in Week 11, and 104 as a starter in Week 12, he was benched after eight carries (for 14 yards) in Week 13, with Jordan Wilkins taking over in the second half. At best Williams now has an unclear role in the Colts' backfield, and he's going to lose all fantasy relevance when Mack returns to action. Adding in a Week 14 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 1 in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA rankings) and a Week 15 matchup with the New Orleans Saints (No. 7) means he's safe to drop.

3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (62% Owned)

LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy sits on the bench in a Week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. | David Eulitt/Getty Images

Like Watkins, LeSean McCoy's rest-of-season schedule dings his fantasy value. Hopes of a lead-back workload seem to be gone as well, as even with Damien Williams and Darrel Williams hurt in Week 13, Shady had only eight touches while playing 36 percent of the offensive snaps. In contrast, rookie Darwin Thompson had 11 touches on a 36 percent snap share. Even in the KC offense, that kind of limited workload makes McCoy touch to trust in the coming weeks, especially with Damien having a shot at returning to action and reclaiming the RB1 job.

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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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