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Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 15 Waiver Pickups

Jason Schandl
David Johnson before a Week 13 matchup against the Rams.
David Johnson before a Week 13 matchup against the Rams. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 15, 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. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (85% Owned)

David Johnson against the Rams in Week 13.
David Johnson against the Rams in Week 13. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

Even though he's apparently healthy again, David Johnson is clearly an after-thought in the Arizona Cardinals' backfield. He hasn't played more than 50 percent of the snaps in a game since Week 6. In two games since returning from injury he has a combined seven carries and four targets on 37 snaps. That kind of volume is not going to put him in play as a starting option any time soon, and there's no point in stashing him at this stage.

2. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (99% Owned)

Mike Evans on the bench after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 14.
Mike Evans on the bench after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 14. / James Gilbert/Getty Images

This one's a bit of a free square. Mike Evans went down with a hamstring injury in Week 14 and he's done for the season. There's zero point in having him on your bench unless you're playing in a dynasty or a keeper league, and if dropping him leaves you with a void to fill at the WR position, you can consider his teammates Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson.

3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (70%)

Sammy Watkins during pre-game warmups against the Titans.
Sammy Watkins during pre-game warmups against the Titans. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Sammy Watkins hasn't topped 10 PPR fantasy points in a game since Week 10, and hasn't scored at least 14 since Week 1. His schedule for the rest of the season doesn't exactly inspire confidence, either. Both the Denver Broncos (Week 15) and Chicago Bears (Week 16) have top-12 defenses by Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, and they've also both held opposing wideouts to bottom-10 fantasy production on the year. Watkins isn't going to be worth a start in either of those matchups.


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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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