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Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 8 Waiver Pickups

Jason Schandl
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As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 8, 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. Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (78% Owned)

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Miles Sanders continues to show us no real signs of an imminent breakout. His snap share was up to 54 percent in Week 7, but he still only saw six carries and three targets. He has more games with fewer than five standard scoring fantasy points (three) than with at least 10 (two), and his upcoming schedule does him no favors. The next four weeks bring him matchups with the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and New England Patriots, who are three of only five teams holding opponents below 5.0 yards per play on the season. The other week is a bye, and there's no need to stash Sanders through such an unfavorable portion of the schedule. He didn't crack the top-36 RBs in our Week 8 PPR rankings.

2. Frank Gore, RB, Buffalo Bills (69% Owned)

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Frank Gore's fantasy value could be on the decline with Devin Singletary back in action. In Week 1 Singletary actually out-snapped Gore, 45 to 29. He got hurt in Week 2, and was being eased back into action in Week 7, but even if he doesn't take over lead-back duties, Singletary will likely command enough work to severely limit Gore's value, as we saw when Gore handled only 11 carries and one target last week.

3. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (68% Owned)

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Don't let the sunk cost fallacy convince you to keep Baker Mayfield just because you kept him through his bye week. He ranks 30th among QBs in fantasy points per game this season, and he returns in Week 8 with a nightmare matchup against the Patriots. He's not worth considering in weeks 9 or 10 either, as the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos are both top-five defenses in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs on a per-game basis.

4. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys (68% Owned)

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Jason Witten has been a fine fantasy producer in 2019, but at the tight end position "fine" production is very replaceable most weeks, and there's no need to hang on to him through his bye. He's only seen more than four targets in one game this season, and Witten ranks 18th among tight ends with 5.2 fantasy points per game.


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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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