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Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 4 Waiver Pickups

Jason Schandl
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As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 4, adding those players comes with a cost.

You'll also need to find players on your team to drop to make these additions. It's not always as simple as dropping your players who put up the lowest fantasy scores 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 fantasy football players who are still owned in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues that are safe to drop this week to make room for waiver wire pickups.

1. Antonio Brown, WR, Free Agent (72% Owned)

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We can't put too much weight into Antonio Brown's Twitter rants, but he has said that he will "not be playing in the NFL" anymore. Even if he wants to, there's still no guarantee any team is willing to sign him in the midst of his current off-field issues. Even if a team does, there's no guarantee that he avoids a lengthy suspension or stint on the commissioner's exempt list. All of that is to say, there's a pretty good chance that Brown doesn't play another NFL game in the 2019 season. We've seen he has big fantasy upside when he does play, but he's such a long shot that you can feel pretty confident in releasing him to free up a much-needed roster spot, especially now that bye weeks have started.

2. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (55% Owned)

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Six receptions for 82 yards and no touchdowns would be a fine, but unspectacular, fantasy game for a wide receiver. As a season-long stat line across three games, that's a huge letdown. It's not just inefficiency in a weak passing game that's holding Corey Davis' production back either, as he's only racked up 12 targets — tied for third among Tennessee Titans' players. Low volume in a middling offense is not what you want to see for a fantasy wideout, and there's no indication that things are going to get any better for Davis moving forward.

3. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (52% Owned)

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Kirk Cousins only ranks 23rd in fantasy scoring among QBs to start the season, and there's little chance he should crack your starting lineup with a nightmare matchup against the Chicago Bears in Week 4. No team is running the ball on a higher percentage of their plays than the Minnesota Vikings (61.3 percent), and even when his matchups get better, Cousins isn't likely going to offer any sort of fantasy upside. QBs are usually pretty easy to come by on the waiver wire, and with no upside, there's not much incentive to stash Cousins on your bench as a perpetual backup.

4. Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers (52% Owned)

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The San Francisco 49ers are going with a true three-man committee at RB while Tevin Coleman is sidelined, and that already makes Raheem Mostert tough to start in any given week. Making things even worse for his value, Coleman has a chance to return to practice heading into the 49ers' Week 4 bye, and by the time they're back on the field in Week 5, Mostert could easily be relegated to nothing but a depth role. That's not the kind of outlook that makes a player worth stashing through a bye week.

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