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Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 7 Waiver Pickups

Jason Schandl

As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 7, 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 the 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 players, 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. Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins (63% Owned)

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Adrian Peterson was a great add for Week 6's juicy matchup against the Miami Dolphins. He eclipsed 100 yards for the first time this season, and while it may feel strange dropping him after his best game of the year, his matchups get way tougher moving forward. The next three weeks see him take on the San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills, all of whom rank top four in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings. Peterson hadn't hit even 40 rushing yards in a game until meeting the Dolphins, and he is not going to be worth starting in fantasy until at least Week 11. He doesn't have enough upside to be worth stashing for that long.

2. Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks (81% Owned)

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The Seattle Seahawks believe Will Dissly tore his Achilles tendon on Sunday, and that would spell the end of his season. It's worth waiting for confirmation, but even if we don't have an update before Tuesday evening, it's still fairly safe to drop Dissly. That will leave you with a hole at the tight end spot though, so you'll want to consider some of Week 7's top streaming TE options if you were relying on Dissly.

3. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (69% Owned)

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Even with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich talking about getting O.J. Howard more involved in Week 6, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE saw only four targets. His 75 percent snap share was also tied for a season low in that game, and fantasy players can feel pretty good about cutting ties with Howard now. He's got a bye in Week 7 and hasn't eclipsed 10 PPR points all season. The only reason to even consider holding onto him is for his Week 10 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. Unless your league gives you a ton of bench spaces, that's not worth keeping a roster spot tied up through bye week season.

4. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (75% Owned)

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If you didn't drop Baker Mayfield when we wrote about it last week, his Week 6 performance may change your mind. A rushing TD salvaged his fantasy score, but he threw one TD and three interceptions, completing only 59.5 percent of his passes. He ranks only 32nd among QBs in fantasy points per game, and with a bye week followed by matchups with the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills, it's going to be a long time before you'd even consider starting him anyway.

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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.