As the NFL heads into Week 8, fantasy football is reaching a critical point. Fantasy managers need to make some tough decisions in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. After an action-packed Week 7 saw many highlights, there were also many injuries and under performances. Now fantasy managers must scour waiver wires to make adjustments. In order to do so, managers must drop players to make room for new additions.
With that, here are some players that should be dropped heading into Week 8 of the 2021 season.
2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Drop List
Fantasy Football Drop List: Tough Choices
Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers
Many people believed in Robby Anderson heading into this season. After a very successful 2020 where he went off for more than 1,000 receiving yards, people thought Anderson would truly break out in 2021. However, as the Panthers have been struggling so has the speedy receiver.
Anderson’s top fantasy performance came in Week 1 where he had a season high 57 receiving yards. He has been trending downwards ever since. The Panthers receiver is getting the targets but just failing to bring in receptions. In Week 7 he was targeted 9 times and only managed to catch 3 of those balls. Things are not looking good.
Whether it’s because of the shortcomings of Carolina or because of his own faults, Robby Anderson is heading in the wrong direction. It might be tough for people to cut a receiver that they thought could have a great year, but it’s time to move on from Robby Anderson.
Julio Jones – Tennessee Titans
This may be a shocking addition to the list but just look at the numbers. Jones has been having a very underwhelming season. His best performance, by a large margin, came in week two when he caught 6 balls for 128 yards. Besides that, he hasn’t exceeded 60 receiving yards in any other game. Jones has been an all around mediocre fantasy receiver.
The main thing that Julio Jones fantasy owners used to complain about was his lack of touchdown production. That problem continues to persist. Only now Jones doesn’t make up for it with ridiculous yardage production. Julio Jones is a borderline flex play and should be dropped for players with higher upside potential.
Obviously no one would blame Jones owners for holding on to the vet. However, if you need to make some adjustments to your team then Julio can be cut. Don’t get caught up in the big name, make the moves you need to in order to make that playoff push.
Fantasy Football Drop List: Easier Decisions
Jared Goff – Detroit Lions
If you drafted Jared Goff to be your starting quarterback this season then you already know it’s time to move on. There was some hope heading into this season that maybe he would find success in Detroit. However, as the season has progressed it has become more and more clear that isn’t the case.
Goff’s best performance, by far, came in Week 1 against the 49ers. He threw for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns. Goff has yet to throw for over 300 yards since. He has also failed to throw for 3 or more touchdowns since. In fact, in 3 out of 7 games played, Goff didn’t manage to throw for any touchdowns. Jared Goff may have talent but he doesn’t belong on fantasy rosters.
Josh Gordon – Kansas City Chiefs
So you took a shot on Josh Gordon. Gordon is obviously an athletic monster and was worth considering just because of the insane upside. However, that upside seems to have all but disappeared. He has not been involved in the offense and has seen very few snaps. It looks like the Chiefs aren’t going to be making him a potent part of the offense.
It seems like a similar narrative always comes up with Josh Gordon. People look back on the beast he used to be and think that maybe this will be the year he returns to prior form. But Gordon has consistently fallen short for fantasy managers who have stashed him. It’s time to let him go and move on.
Obvious Choice: Jonnu Smith – New England Patriots
Jonnu Smith was having an okay fantasy season as it was. He is mainly seen as a streaming option in most leagues. On Sunday he suffered a shoulder injury that is going to make him questionable heading into Week 8. Definitely look for other tight ends if you need to pick someone up and don’t hesitate to drop Jonnu.
More bad news for Jonnu Smith owners has been Hunter Henry’s success. Henry seems to be the better fantasy tight end in New England. The fact that Henry has been having a better season and Smith suffered an injury on Sunday means that Smith owners should definitely move on.