Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 2 Waiver Pickups


As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 2, adding those players doesn't come without a cost.

You'll also need to find players on your team to drop to make these additions. With only a one-game sample size to work from, that's not going to be as simple as dropping whoever put up your lowest fantasy scores in Week 1.

With that in mind, let's look at the top fantasy football players to drop this week to make room for waiver wire pickups.

1. Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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Heading into the season, Darrell Henderson looked like a handcuff with the potential for standalone value if Todd Gurley's workload was dialed back due to knee injury concerns. Gurley's workload was indeed dialed back in Week 1, but the Los Angeles Rams made it clear that Malcolm Brown, not Henderson, is the top backup to Gurley. Gurley played 54 snaps, Brown played 21 and Henderson played only two against the Carolina Panthers. Henderson is still an exciting NFL prospect with the potential for a bright future, but he's a clear long shot to return any kind of fantasy football value in the short term.

2. Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers

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It's not time to write off the entire Green Bay Packers' offense after their ugly start to the season, especially because that came against an elite Chicago Bears defense. Looking deeper than just production, though, there's still reason to be worried about Geronimo Allison. He's clearly the third WR in Green Bay, playing only 32 snaps compared to 42 for Marquez Valdes-Scantling (who missed time with a minor injury) and 62 for Davante Adams. Without MVS' injury, Allison's snaps may have fallen even closer to Trevor Davis' 19. He didn't see a single target in the opener, and even though that's not likely to keep up, it's hard to get excited about a guy fighting for scraps behind two other WRs in a Packers' offense that directed nearly one third of their Week 1 targets to tight ends.

3. Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys

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If you didn't already drop Tony Pollard when Ezekiel Elliott signed his extension, now you really should. Reports heading into Week 1 suggested Zeke might open the year with a limited workload while he eased back into things, but he exceeded those expectations by playing 37 snaps. That was good for 54.4 percent of the Dallas Cowboys' total (compared to 32.4 percent for Pollard). Zeke never played fewer than 75 percent in a game last season, so we can expect his snap count to climb significantly as we move forward, completely closing the door on Pollard's value.

4. James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

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With six targets in Week 1, dropping James Washington may seem like a strange suggestion. That number was inflated by the Pittsburgh Steelers playing from behind in a blowout though, and three of the six came with a 30-point deficit in the final seven minutes. Washington finished only fourth among Pittsburgh wideouts in snaps (behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief and Ryan Switzer), and his 12.8 percent share of the team's targets isn't going to translate to much volume in most weeks. At this point, his ceiling looks to be hoping he's the Steelers' third option in the passing game in a given week, while the involvement of Vance McDonald, James Conner and Jaylen Samuels in the passing game leaves Washington with a low floor.

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