Players to Drop for Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups in Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Players to drop for Week 5 waiver wire pickups in fantasy football, including Ty'Son Williams.
Players to drop for Week 5 waiver wire pickups in fantasy football, including Ty'Son Williams. / Chris Unger/Getty Images

Three weeks of the 2021 campaign are already in the books. If you've missed on some of those early-to-mid-round picks, it's still a bit too early to hit the panic button. But don't be afraid to cut ties with some injured players or some underwhelming late-round picks.

Week 4 Waiver Wire

You don't want to cut ties with high-upside players too early, but you also don't want duds hanging around taking up valuable bench space.

Fantasy Football Players to Drop

With that in mind, here are three players, all rostered in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, that you can drop to make space for Week 5 wavier wire pickups.

3. Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins

Myles Gaskin's grasp on the Miami Dolphins' RB1 job looked tenuous, at best, in Week 3. He only out-snapped Malcolm Brown 43 to 34, marking Gaskin's second time in the first three games playing fewer than 55% of the team's offensive snaps. Then in Week 4 Brown out-snapped Gaskin 35 (67%) to 12 (23%). Gaskin saw only 2 opportunities on those 12 snaps, while Brown had 9 (8 carries plus 1 target) and Salvon Ahmed had 5 (3 carries plus 2 targets). This offense is not good enough to support a viable fantasy running back on limited volume, and Gaskin's moderate upside if he ever sees workhorse volume doesn't make him a player worth waiting around for.

2. Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

Kenyan Drake is clearly not going to be a viable fantasy starter when Josh Jacobs is healthy. Drake has combined for just 12 opportunities in two games with Jacobs healthy. The real issue, though, is that he doesn't even seem to offer much value when Jacobs is out. He got the lead back role in Week 2 (71% snap share) but only managed 10.5 PPR fantasy points. Then in Week 3 he was out-snapped and out-touched by Peyton Barber. If Drake isn't even a slam-dunk start with Jacobs on the shelf, there's no reason to hang on to him.

1. Ty'Son Williams, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Ty'Son Williams was a healthy scratch in Week 4. He had his chance at leading the Baltimore Ravens' backfield thanks to a bevy injuries early in the season, but it's clear the team isn't sold on him as their RB1. Even when he was getting his chances, he never played more than 51% of the team's snaps. Now it's not even a lock that he's going to be active, let alone worth starting in fantasy football. Time to say Bye'Son.

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