With October almost upon us, it’s time to clean out some old clothes from the closet to clear space for better fall wardrobe options. While there may be close calls on your roster, depending on who is available, here are five names (other than those players on IR who you should clear off your roster) from whom you should definitely move on. There are plenty of better and higher upside options out there.
#1 RB T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville (owned in 93% of leagues)
The Jaguars brought in Chris Ivory, but then Yeldon got a second chance to impress and take the lead when Ivory missed the first two weeks, and was just coming back into shape last week. Yeldon failed to impress. His dreadful numbers this year: 34 rushes for 84 yards, 14 catches for 51 yards.
This week, though Ivory still was not in top form, the touches went 13 to 8 in favor of Ivory. Yeldon wasn’t productive enough to be a starter with Ivory out, so it’s time to take a chance on upside elsewhere.
#2 WR Tyler Lockett, Seattle (owned in 80% of leagues)
Lockett has been targeted only 12 times this year, catching 7 passes through the first 3 weeks. For comparison, Terrelle Pryor has been targeted on 31 passes, and guys most likely just hanging out on your free agency list like Quincy Enunwa, Cole Beasley, Jamison Crowder, and Adam Humphries have been targeted 25 times each. Take a chance on someone you will have confidence to use.
#3 RB Jeremy Langford, Chicago (owned in 98% of leagues)
Jeremy Langford was already in danger of seeing his touches reduced, based on his start to the season, where he wasn’t making any plays. Langford averaged 3.6 yards per rush a year ago, and was at 3.7 this year. He suffered an ankle injury, and it appeared to be a high ankle sprain, which could keep him out 4-6 weeks.
He may not be the starter by the time he returns, if Jordan Howard does well, and he’s not worth holding a roster spot on a bench for that long in the middle of your season, since he is just a guy at the position.
#4 QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee (owned in 84% of leagues)
Mariota is roughly 29th in points per game at QB. He is there despite two really favorable matchups in the last two weeks, against Detroit and Oakland. He combined to average 224 passing yards, 1 pass TD, 1.5 INT, and only 17 rushing yards in those two games against teams who are in the top 5 in points allowed to fantasy QBs. If you can’t play him in great matchups and he’s providing little rushing production, there are much better options available.
#5 RB Jay Ajayi, Miami (owned in 70% of leagues)
Ajayi was expected to be the starter this year in Miami after Lamar Miller went to Houston. Then, the team brought in Arian Foster, Ajayi sulked and sucked, and was demoted.
With Arian Foster out last week, it was Kenyan Drake, not Ajayi, who got the majority of touches. Yes, Ajayi scored a touchdown in OT. But the Dolphins could not run the ball, and Ajayi is not a solution here. He is at best a low-end flex start where you are hoping to vulture a TD, until Foster is back. Then he’s worthless.