November 7, 2023, 6:06 pm
Week 9 was an electrifying week for fantasy football, with points scored up and down the week’s slate of games. As we enter Week 10 of the 2023 season, the Rams, Eagles, Chiefs and Dolphins are all on bye this week. Now, it’s time to scramble to the waiver wire to bid for this week’s hot talent and plug up holes on fantasy rosters. Inversely, it’s also time to cut players that disappointed in Week 9 to free up space for the next big thing. Sometimes an empty space on a fantasy team for waivers is more valuable than someone rostered in a majority of fantasy leagues. For this piece, I’m going to be referring to players rostered by at least 25 percent of teams in ESPN leagues, and I’ll list them in descending order of those ownership percentages.
Note: I will likely not be including any of the players I already mentioned in the previous week’s list. I suggest clicking the link below and making sure you don’t have some of those guys still hitching a ride on your roster.
RB AJ Dillon – Green Bay Packers (66% ESPN, 66% Yahoo!)
With Aaron Jones back to full health, he got his first full workload out of the backfield for the Packers, while AJ Dillon saw a reduced role in the offense. Despite still getting 10 touches in the game for 43 yards, Dillon saw his lowest snap share of the season, and that’s despite Green Bay controlling the game for a majority of all four quarters. Dillon had a 40% snap share despite logging at least 50% in every game since Week 1. Perhaps, if the Packers had been playing in a negative game script, Dillon would’ve seen the field even less. Obviously, there’s some value in Dillon, so try and trade him for anything manageable before making the decision to cut him. He doesn’t need to be rostered in most leagues of 10 teams or fewer.
RB Roschon Johnson – Chicago Bears (42% ESPN, 41% Yahoo!)
There were high hopes for rookie RB Roschon Johnson eventually having a fantasy-relevant role with the Bears by the end of the season, especially after earning the backup role going into Week 2. Unfortunately, Khalil Herbert served as the true workhorse, and when an opportunity arose after Khalil Herbert was placed on IR in Week 6, Johnson was sidelined multiple weeks with a concussion. Johnson has since returned from the concussion, but finds himself working promptly behind D’Onta Foreman, only seeing three touches in Week 9. Combine the descending involvement with a returning workhorse in Khalil Herbert from IR as soon as this week, and Johnson could be buried for the remainder of the season. Johnson can be safely dropped in leagues of 12 or fewer.
WR Elijah Moore – Cleveland Browns (40% ESPN, 47% Yahoo!)
Despite being one of the few consistent members of the Browns’ offense all season, WR Elijah Moore has not displayed any production of fantasy significance, basically all season. Since recording a season-high of 11.8 PPR fantasy points in Week 3, Moore is averaging 5.4 PPR fantasy points per game, failing to record another double-digit game on the year. Moore is also coming off a season-low of just two targets in Week 9 and a snap share of just 62%. Moore simply just doesn’t have a high enough floor or ceiling to justify rostering him in most leagues. He can be safely dropped in 12-teamers, but might be worth stashing in deeper leagues as Deshaun Watson hopefully gets closer to full health and abilities as he recovers from his shoulder injury.
RB Dalvin Cook – New York Jets (38% ESPN, 31% Yahoo!)
Dalvin Cook is averaging 3.35 PPR fantasy points per game through the first nine weeks of the season, and is coming off of back-to-back games with single-digit snaps logged. How Cook, a third-string RB, is still being rostered in this many leagues is beyond me. 2023 Dalvin Cook may be an early entry to the Fantasy Football Drops Hall of Fame. Cook logged eight snaps in Week 8 and seven snaps in Week 9. Breece Hall is commanding the workhorse role, while second-string RB Michael Carter Jr. recorded a season-high in snaps with 25 vs. the Chargers on Monday night. Drop Dalvin Cook for my sanity, and so he doesn’t have to appear on this list anymore.
WR Michael Gallup – Kansas City Chiefs (35% ESPN, 17% Yahoo!)
Michael Gallup disappointed his team when he dropped a crucial “gimme” late in Week 9’s loss to the Eagles, but disappointed hopeful managers looking for desperation points from Gallup. Gallup hasn’t recorded more than 5.4 PPR fantasy points in a game since Week 4, but an underwhelming Week 6 that coincided with 10 targets left some hope for his fantasy relevance. Since coming out of their Week 7 bye, Gallup recorded just three targets in each of his last two appearances. The drop didn’t do him any favors, and fantasy mangers should probably stop looking Gallup’s way and get one of the many other better options on the wire.
WR Skyy Moore – Kansas City Chiefs (33% ESPN, 20% Yahoo!)
Skyy Moore has simply not stepped up to the opportunity that he’s been faced with for the past two years. Many young receivers would do anything to play with Mahomes in their first years of the NFL, but Moore hasn’t made the most of the occasion. Moore is averaging a pitiful 4.9 PPR points per game on the season, and has only exceeded 5.3 points twice on the season, and hasn’t done so since Week 3. While rookie Rashee Rice has been the WR to emerge from the pack, Skyy Moore has sputtered and seen limited opportunities in the offense, logging an average of just three targets per game over their last five contests. Moore might still be something worth saving in dynasty formats, but most redraft teams will do fine without Moore on their roster for the foreseeable future.