Fantasy Football: Players to drop for your Week 2 waiver wire pickups

Michael Gallup is down on the receiving pecking order for the Cowboys, making him tough to roster in fantasy. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Michael Gallup is down on the receiving pecking order for the Cowboys, making him tough to roster in fantasy. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) (Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

By Jennifer Eakins, 4for4

Special to Yahoo Sports

We all had players who underperformed in Week 1, regardless of whether they were in our fantasy football starting lineups or safely on the bench. Should you keep them for another week or cut them loose now?

In this weekly article, I’ll sort through the disappointing performances to see who’s droppable in favor of some waiver wire magic. There are many variables in determining a player’s remaining fantasy value, including their own production, offense and health, just to name a few. All will be taken into consideration when determining each week’s drop candidates.

You won’t find any monster names on here yet since one week is just not enough time to bail on a high draft pick, but there will be bigger names in the coming weeks. If you're looking for players to stash, I've also got you covered there.

Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys (29% rostered)

While it was understandable to be excited about Gallup’s potential this season, his floor just may be too low on a weekly basis to keep him on the roster. The fifth-year WR saw just two targets Sunday night and ended with a measly 1.5 half-PPR points. Gallup may have better days, but he’s clearly behind CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks, Jake Ferguson and even RB Tony Pollard in the target pecking order.

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Greg Dulcich, TE, Broncos (35% rostered)

Despite his incredible hair, Dulcich is tough to roster for the foreseeable future. He sustained a leg injury, which is likely a hamstring issue, during Denver’s Week 1 tilt with the Raiders, and is a member of an offense that didn't appear to take a huge step forward from last season's debacle. Hopefully, Sean Payton will have them up and running sooner rather than later, but for now, with Dulcich’s timetable still unknown and the Broncos not appearing to be much better, let him be someone else’s problem and grab yourself a healthier and more promising TE like Luke Musgrave, Hayden Hurst or Hunter Henry.

Isaiah Likely, TE, Ravens (29% rostered)

I’m fairly certain dropping Likely won’t be very painful for those of you who started the TE in Week 1. With Mark Andrews sidelined with a quad injury to kick off the season, Likely was a popular grab and start based on his productive history in the same position last season, along with the lack of options at TE. Likely saw just one ball against the Texans which he caught for just 4 yards. Andrews will hopefully be back on the field for Week 2 but even if he isn’t, comb that waiver wire in search of a more involved TE.

Chase Brown, RB, Bengals (4% rostered)

There was plenty of hype surrounding Brown this summer as the potential replacement for Samaje Perine, who departed for Denver. The rookie didn’t have a particularly productive preseason but made the Bengals’ final roster. Brown was a healthy scratch for Week 1’s debacle against the Browns and is parked at the bottom of a three-man log jam behind Joe Mixon with Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams. Unless you have a super deep bench and want to wait him out, it appears Brown won’t surface for fantasy production anytime soon.

Alec Pierce, WR, Colts (6% rostered)

Despite a pass-heavy game plan for Indy after falling behind in the second half, Pierce was a distant fifth in targets with just three on the day. He may have some big weeks ahead in this new-look offense, but there will also likely be some stinkers. With WRs like Zay Jones, Romeo Doubs and Puka Nacua out there on your waiver wires, send Pierce packing and improve your WR corps moving forward.

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A proud alumna of the UGA Grady College of Journalism, Jennifer Eakins has been working in the sports industry for well over a decade. She has had stints with CNN Sports, the Atlanta Hawks and the Colorado Rockies. Her first fantasy football draft took place in 1996 where she selected Ricky Watters with the first overall pick, and she has been a fantasy degenerate ever since.