Week 5 Fantasy Football Drop List: Is It Time To Cut Greg Dortch?
Defenses that were streamed in Week 4 are being cut from fantasy owners’ rosters more than anyone else. The Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants respective defenses are being dropped at an alarming rate due to their respective Week 5 matchups and underwhelming performances in Week 4. But Greg Dortch is the skill player being dropped the most, even more so than Javonte Williams! That's certainly a head-scratcher.
It’s that time of the week to look at who fantasy owners are dropping the most heading into Week 5. You can view our Predictive Adds article, but now we will take a look at the players fantasy owners are giving up on as we gear up for the fifth week of the fantasy football season. it is not only critical to identify the top producers on the waiver wire, but it is also important to drop the players who have the least value moving forward.
Getting rid of players who have suffered season-ending injuries are easy decisions. You don’t have to think twice about dropping Javonte Williams. But other players who you have been holding out hope for may not be worth keeping on your roster anymore.
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Now, who are the players fantasy owners are dropping heading into Week 5?
Week 5 Fantasy Football Cut List
Los Angeles Chargers DEF/ST
Just about every fantasy analyst on the planet suggested the Chargers as one of the top streaming defenses in Week 4 due to their matchup with the winless Houston Texans. However, the Chargers struggled to stop Houston’s running game. They did sack Davis Mills four times and forced two interceptions but Dameon Pierce went nuclear and he wasn’t the only Houston running back to find the end zone. Rex Burkhead scored as well. By the time the game was over, the Chargers escaped with a victory but they allowed 24 points to a putrid offense. The 2-2 Chargers have a much more difficult task in Week 5 when they face a Cleveland Browns offense that has done a very good job of taking care of the football. Not to mention, the Chargers just struggled to stop Pierce and Burkhead so what do you think Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt will do? Fantasy owners are absolutely making the right decision by cutting the Charger defense from their rosters.
New York Giants DEF/ST
The G-Men were a hot commodity heading into Week 4. The Giants had played well on defense through the first three games of the season and had a nice matchup with a deeply struggling Chicago Bears offense. The Giants came through, allowing four field goals and no touchdowns in their 20-12 victory over the Bears on Sunday. New York played its best game on defense, sacking Justin Fields six times and forcing three fumbles. However, they now must travel abroad to take on a much more potent offense in the Green Bay Packers. Although the G-Men are only allowing 17.75 points per game, it’s hard to envision this defense shutting down Aaron Rodgers. The Packers may not have the same offense they once did with Davante Adams but they more than make up for it with their strong running game featuring Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. The G-Men will struggle to stop Rodgers from moving the chains so fantasy owners are making the right call by moving on to another defense in Week 5.
WR Greg Dortch, Arizona Cardinals
Dortch had been one of Kyler Murray’s go-to targets through the first three weeks of the season but the return of Rondale Moore really hurt the youngster out of Wake Forest. After securing nine receptions for 80 yards on 10 targets in Week 3, Dortch saw a single target in Week 4 which went for a measly six yards. With Moore back in the mix and DeAndre Hopkins only a few weeks away from returning, it’s safe to cut Dortch from your roster. He will only only have value if another Cardinals receiver goes down.
RB Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos
The Broncos suffered a huge blow in their Week 4 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Starting running back Javonte Williams went down with a torn ACL, leaving just Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone to share backfield duties. Obviously, if you owned Williams, this is a major bummer but consider targeting Boone or even Latavius Murray, who the Broncos just signed off the Saints’ practice squad.
RB Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
Fantasy owners are overreacting to this one, especially since Mattison found the end zone on Sunday. Sure, the amount of touches he received is concerning but we all know that Mattison’s value comes when Dalvin Cook is sidelined, which has happened on several occasions throughout the years. Still, Mattison is typically very productive with his limited playing time while Cook is healthy. Despite not touching the ball more than 10 times in a single game through four weeks of the season, the backup running back has scored touchdowns in two consecutive outings. Don’t follow the herd that is dropping Mattison and hold onto him in case Cook does down.
QB Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders
Wentz got off to an insanely hot start in his debut season with the Washington Commanders. Against the Jags and Lions in Week 1 and Week 2, Wentz combined for a whopping 650 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, and three interceptions. He was performing like an elite quarterback and it seemed like he was establishing a special connection with rookie Jahan Dotson but now Dotson will be sidelined for one or two weeks with a hamstring injury. Fortunately, Wentz still has Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Logan Thomas in his arsenal of weapons but Wentz has really struggled the last two weeks. Against two division rivals in the Eagles and Cowboys, Wentz has more turnovers (three) than touchdowns (1). That’s pretty abysmal for a two-week stretch considering how amazing he started the 2022 campaign. This week, Wentz and the Commanders face a Tennessee Titans secondary that is beatable but Washington will likely commit to the running game with Brian Robinson rejoining the team and Dotson sidelined. Due to the lack of value at the quarterback position, I think fantasy owners are still making a mistake by giving up on Wentz. You know he’s going to start every game unlike someone like Kenny Pickett. Hold onto Wentz if you have the roster space available.
WR Richie James, New York Giants
James has been a massive surprise this season and a very polarizing player in New York. Nobody could have predicted that a guy who had to fight really hard to make the 53-man roster would lead the team in receptions and yards after two weeks of the season. Now a lot of that has to do with the significant number of injuries the G-Men have endured at the wide receiver position but James was poised for a monster game in Week 4 and fell flat. With Kadarius Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson sidelined, Kenny Golladay struggling, and Sterling Shepard out for the season, it seemed like the stars aligned for James to have an insanely productive day. Instead, the former member of the San Francisco 49ers caught one of just three targets for a meager nine yards. With Toney and Robinson trending in the right direction, it’s safe to get rid of James.
Well, that’s a wrap on the most dropped players heading into Week 5 of the 2022 fantasy football season. Come back to FantasySP next Tuesday to see who fantasy owners are giving up on heading into Week 6!
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