2021 Fantasy Football: Week 3 Drop List
We are in the midst of the 2021 NFL season which means fantasy football is in full swing. It was an interesting Week 2, as many players didn’t perform to their usual level. Most of these players will bounce back, but some may never recover. It’s time to continue our fantasy football series with our fantasy football Week 3 drop list.
There were some noticeable injuries in Week 2, especially at the quarterback position. Additionally, there were some duds who are typically consistent fantasy producers. Tyreek Hill and Alvin Kamara let fantasy managers down after they each put up single-digit points in Week 2.
However, those two are examples of players who will likely bounce back. Instead, we’re going to focus on the players who are not producing in lineups that are costing your fantasy football team (some of mine included). With that said, here is our 2021 fantasy football Week 3 drop list.
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2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Drop List
Fantasy Football Drop List: TOUGH choices
Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It’s clear as day that Bruce Arians trusts Leonard Fournette to carry the bulk of the workload in the backfield. Although Ronald Jones has the talent to be a legitimate RB1 in fantasy football, he’s never going to reach that potential playing for the Buccaneers.
Their Week 2 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons should have been Jones’ moment to shine. Instead, he finished with just 27 yards off of six rush attempts with an additional nine receiving yards off of one reception.
Fournette on the other hand racked up 52 rushing yards off of 11 carries while gaining 24 receiving yards off of four receptions. On top of that, Giovani Bernard is likely to get more involved in the passing game as the season goes on. Jones’ 2021 fantasy football outlook doesn’t look great and he’ll need to leave Tampa Bay if he hopes to carve out an impactful career.
Laviska Shenault – Jacksonville Jaguars
A lot of hype surrounded Laviska Shenault throughout the offseason, as many people (myself included) believed he was the true WR1 for the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, the Jaguars are still a bad team and it’s hard to trust this young offense for now. On top of that, veteran receiver Marvin Jones Jr. seems to be Trevor Lawrence’s favorite target.
It’s hard to walk away from Shenault, as he’s been targeted 16 times in two games. The volume is there for him to produce as a valuable fantasy football asset. However, Shenault has turned his 16 targets into just nine receptions for 47 yards.
That type of production is not ideal and it seems like we have to wait for Trevor Lawrence to adapt to the NFL. For now, drop Shenault for someone who is actually producing while monitoring his situation in Jacksonville. One noteworthy waiver wire addition is Rondale Moore, as he’s been left unclaimed in many fantasy football leagues.
AJ Dillon – Green Bay Packers
After Jamaal Williams signed with the Detroit Lions, many believed AJ Dillon would have a sizeable role in the Green Bay Packers offense. He’s the perfect complement to Aaron Jones and has looked decent with his limited opportunities. However, Week 2’s Monday night game was an eye-opener for AJ Dillon truthers.
Even when they were up by a considerable amount, the Packers continued to feed the ball to Aaron Jones. In the first two games this year, Dillon has only recorded nine total rush attempts for just 37 yards. Based on how good Aaron Jones has been, it’s hard to imagine Dillon receiving more looks throughout the year.
This is a tough decision though, as Dillon clearly has the tools to be a solid fantasy football option. The Packers used a second-round pick to select Dillon as well. It’s leaving many asking, “Why did the Packers even draft AJ Dillon?” Either way, drop him for someone who is clearly in a bigger role on their team.
Fantasy Football Drop List: Easier decisions
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger has looked awful in his first two games this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a talented roster, but Big Ben is a liability under center. He looks like a statue and doesn’t quite have the arm strength he used to. Additionally, the weak offensive line has allowed opposing defenses to bother Roethlisberger so far.
He’s still making the Steelers’ skills position players be fantasy football assets. Even so, Big Ben has been dreadful for fantasy managers and it doesn’t look like it’ll change anytime soon. Depending on how Week 3 goes, it might be time for Mike Tomlin to start a different quarterback in Pittsburgh’s offense. Avoid Ben Roethlisberger and acquire Derek Carr or Daniel Jones instead.
Tua Tagovailoa – Dolphins
The guy has all of the talent in the world but he just can’t stay healthy. After bruising his ribs in Week 2, Tua Tagovailoa scored just 0.52 fantasy points. He’s questionable for Week 3 and if he does play, Tagovailoa is facing a Las Vegas Raiders defense who has attacked opposing quarterbacks at a high rate.
Consistency is key and Tagovailoa is the complete opposite. His weekly production is rather volatile and can’t be trusted in fantasy football. Hopefully, you have a better quarterback already rostered. If so drop Tua Tagovailoa for almost anyone else.
Marquez Callaway – New Orleans Saints
With Michael Thomas sidelined to start this season, Marquez Callaway was in line to be the New Orleans Saints’ WR1. He looked phenomenal throughout training camp and the preseason. For that reason, Callaway was viewed as a must-add sleeper in fantasy drafts. Instead, he’s put up two dud weeks as opposing defenses are giving Callaway no room to operate.
Every Saints player looked bad in Week 2, however, it’s not a guarantee Callaway bounces back. He’s only been targeted by Jameis Winston six times in two games and has just 22 yards to show for it. Drop Marquez Callaway for someone more reliable right now.
Obvious Choice: Jarvis Landry
Jarvis Landry just landed on the Injured Reserve, ruling him out for at least three weeks. He’s been a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 throughout most of his career. However, this injury is allowing for younger players on the Cleveland Browns offense to step up into bigger roles. Landry is bound to eventually come back to the lineup.
Even so, it’s not a guarantee he produces for fantasy football in 2021. Drop Landry and make space for a player who is on the field. There is no point in keeping an injured player clogging up your roster this early in the season unless it’s a superstar caliber player. Unfortunately for Landry, he doesn’t fit the requirements to be considered a superstar.