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2012 Fantasy Football Week 8 Last-Minute Popular Drops: Fan’s Review

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Due to last-minute injury updates and other late player news, fantasy owners sometimes need to drop a player in order to add a player right before the start of games on Sunday. Here are the most-dropped players by position in fantasy football leagues on the Saturday before Sunday's Week 8 games.

Drop numbers used for this list are from all Yahoo! fantasy football leagues for Saturday, October 27. Players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings who have already played their Week 8 game are not included.

Quarterback

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens - 2,782 drops

Last week, Flacco had his worst performance of the season against an excellent Houston Texans defense that forced two interceptions and allowed just 147 passing yards. On bye this week, owners needing a bye-week replacement possibly dropped him for a quarterback playing this week.

Honorable mentions: Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton (2,444 drops), Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick (2,375 drops), San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith (2,306 drops)

Running back

Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts - 5,983 drops

With Donald Brown practicing this week, Ballard appears to be back in a backup role. Brown is now in the mix for playing time, meaning Ballard's value significantly decreases and making him a less-desirable fantasy option. With no bearing on how many carries he'll receive, Ballard should not be started in Week 8 against the Tennessee Titans.

Honorable mentions: Arizona Cardinals' William Powell (4,849 drops), Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams (4,718 drops), Dallas Cowboys' Felix Jones (4,343 drops)

Wide receiver

Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers - 8,999 drops

After weeks of waiting to see whether he would heal, Jennings opted to undergo abdominal surgery and is expected to be out about three weeks. Even if he makes it back on time according to this timetable, his value for the rest of the season is questionable due to the emergence of James Jones and Randall Cobb. Owners opting to drop him believe waiting on Jennings for possible production is an unworthy cause.

Honorable mentions: Washington Redskins' Pierre Garcon (8,723 drops), Detroit Lions' Nate Burleson (6,575 drops), Cincinnati Bengals' Andrew Hawkins (3,992 drops)

Tight end

Fred Davis, Washington Redskins - 10,154 drops

Out with a ruptured left Achilles' tendon, Davis was placed on injured reserve this week. Out for about six months, Davis should immediately be dropped in all leagues.

Honorable mentions: Buffalo Bills' Scott Chandler (7,259 drops), Baltimore Ravens' Dennis Pitta (6,341 drops), Cincinnati Bengals' Jermaine Gresham (4,431 drops)

Kicker

Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens - 6,363 drops

On bye this week, Tucker had an excellent Week 7 performance against the Texans where he made two 50+ yard field goals. Once Week 9 comes back around for the Ravens' matchup against the Cleveland Browns, he will be a popular addition to fantasy rosters.

Honorable mentions: Houston Texans' Shayne Graham (4,085 drops), Cincinnati Bengals' Mike Nugent (2,670 drops), Cleveland Browns' Phil Dawson (2,497 drops)

Team defense

Baltimore Ravens team defense - 4,691 drops

Like Flacco and Tucker, the Ravens were the most popular team defense dropped this week. With uncertainty due to the season-ending injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, the Ravens team defense is no longer a reliable fantasy option.

Honorable mentions: Buffalo Bills team defense (3,042 drops), Cincinnati Bengals team defense (2,309 drops), St. Louis Rams team defense (2,298 drops)

Sources:

October 27 Transaction Trends All Positions Drops, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Joe Flacco Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

Vick Ballard News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Greg Jennings News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Fred Davis News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Justin Tucker Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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