Players to Drop in Fantasy Football for Week 9 Waiver Pickups

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As important as it is to find the top fantasy football waiver pickups for Week 9, 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. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (60% Owned)

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Corey Davis looked like he might be in for a midseason resurgence with Ryan Tannehill improving the Tennessee Titans' passing game. Davis fell flat in Week 8 though, catching two passes for nine yards. One bad game isn't reason to panic, but it was his snap count that makes him droppable. Already seeing inconsistent volume on the year, Davis's snap share fell to a season-low 62 percent on Sunday, which is over 10 percentage points lower than he played in any other week. With A.J. Brown (a waiver wire target to drop Davis for) playing an expanded role and thriving, a bounce-back doesn't look imminent for Davis.

2. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions (53% Owned)

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If you didn't already drop Kerryon Johnson last week (which is the case in more than 50 percent of leagues), you should stop wasting a bench space and get on with it. Johnson is technically eligible to return from IR, but that Week 16 is the earliest that is possible, and if you're in the fantasy football championship and he's returning from surgery, you're not going to start him that week anyway.

3. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (62% Owned)

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Baker Mayfield's higher ownership percentage remains a head-scratcher heading into Week 9. He ranks 30th among QBs in fantasy points per game, with Kyle Allen and Eli Manning holding the two spots ahead of him. He could still be a streaming option in the right matchup, but the next three weeks see him take on defenses that have held opposing QBs to bottom-10 fantasy production in 2019.

4. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (71% Owned)

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Not having a breakout with Davante Adams hurt, Marquez Valdes-Scantling has failed to capitalize on the most fantasy-friendly situation he's had all year. He hasn't seen more than four targets since Week 4, averaging just 2.8 per game over the last four. With Adams reportedly nearing a return, MVS could see some increased efficiency (with the defense forced to pay more attention to Adams), but these volume concerns are just too much.

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