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Players to Drop for Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups in Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Players to drop for Week 6 waiver wire pickups in fantasy football, including Nyheim Hines.
Players to drop for Week 6 waiver wire pickups in fantasy football, including Nyheim Hines. / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

Five 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 6 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 6 wavier wire pickups.

1. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Nyheim Hines has long been a player who you can at least cram in as a high-floor, low-upside bye week start at RB. That's not the case anymore, however. He had a couple solid games early this season, but the last two weeks have seen his snap share fall below 40%, and he's combined for just 8 touches in those two weeks. Jonathan Taylor's receiving workload has expanded (3 receptions in each of those last two) and that leaves Hines with no clear path to fantasy value.

2. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins opened the season with an outstanding three-game run, but he's come back down to earth over his last two. He's clearly not one of the few matchup-proof every-week starters at QB. He's not a very exciting play in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers, who have held opposing QBs to below-average fantasy production, then he has a bye in Week 7. Cousins is only barely better than a streaming option this week, and now that bye weeks make bench spots more important, you're not losing much by cutting ties. And if you really love him, there's a good chance you'll be able to just pick him back up on waivers after his bye week anyway.

3. Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

Last week we outlined why you should drop Kenyan Drake. Plenty of fantasy managers decided to give him another chance, as he's still owned in 63% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues. He responded by playing a season-low 12 offensive snaps (18% of the Raiders' total) and handling just 2 rush attempts. Since Josh Jacobs returned, Drake has a whopping 13 yards on 4 opportunities across two games. Even when Jacobs was out Drake didn't even hit a 50% snap share in Week 3, and there's just not much upside to keeping him on your bench.

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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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.