Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 6 Waiver Pickups

Cleveland Browns v San Francisco 49ers
Cleveland Browns v San Francisco 49ers

As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 6, 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 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. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (88% Owned)

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field after they lost to the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Baker Mayfield ranks only 28th among QBs in fantasy production this season, and on a per-game basis that rank drops to 33rd. That puts him behind players who are surely already on your waiver wire like Case Keenum and Mason Rudolph. Mayfield's fantasy value isn't likely to be completely shot, but it's probably going to be a while before you'd even consider starting him. Mayfield's next five weeks are against the Seattle Seahawks, a bye week, then matchups with the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills — a stretch of three games against teams allowing bottom-four fantasy production to opposing QBs. His upside is not high enough to stash as a bench QB for five weeks, so you can safely drop him at this point.

2. Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (78% Owned)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Wayne Gallman Jr. #22 of the New York Giants carries the ball in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on September 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Wayne Gallman handcuff experience was fun while it lasted. Saquon Barkley is healing at a super-human rate, and Gallman has now been ruled out with a concussion for Week 6. Barkley looks well on his way to returning in Week 7, and that evaporates all of the fantasy value that Gallman picked up in the superstar's stead.

3. Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts (70% Owned)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 29: Eric Ebron #85 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after dropping a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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The tight end position is always thin, but Eric Ebron's ownership is still a bit of a head-scratcher. He has more games with only one reception (three) than with multiple receptions (two) in 2019, and he's only seen five targets in a game once. He played a season-low 33 percent of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive snaps in Week 5, which put him well behind Jack Doyle (72.8 percent) and Mo Allie-Cox (45.7 percent) as the team's No. 3 TE. That's not a role that's going to make him worth starting very often.

4. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions (62% Owned)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: T.J. Hockenson #88 of the Detroit Lions in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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This may feel belated if you held onto T.J. Hockenson through the Detroit Lions' Week 5 bye, but it's better late than never. After blowing up for 131 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, Hockenson combined for only 10 targets, five receptions, 35 yards and one TD in his following three games. He's still got the potential for big upside, but with tough matchups against the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings on tap for the next two weeks, he's just going to be taking up a bench spot. Those spaces are especially valuable now that we have more than two teams at a time with bye weeks, and Hockenson can safely be dropped and considered more of a streaming option when he does get more favorable matchups moving forward.

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