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Time to think like Bill Belichick with Week 10 fantasy football drops to consider

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By Jennifer Eakins, 4for4

Special to Yahoo Sports

After last week you may be tempted to drop your whole roster, as it was a total mess across the NFL. No one was safe from the cluster that was Week 9. We have four teams watching from home or a restful vacation spot again this week, along with a myriad of injuries continuing to plague the league, but there are still drops to be had and moves to be made.

We should always be looking for roster improvements, so cutting players who aren’t producing is a necessary evil. If you’re looking for some players to stash for future use, I have you covered there as well.

Jakobi Meyers, WR – Patriots (75% rostered on Yahoo)

We’ve waited long enough for the third-year wideout to breakout and the light is growing dimmer with each passing week. It’s no secret Jakobi Meyers has yet to find the end zone, and his usage isn’t exactly keeping him in startable territory either. He’s averaged 3.8 receptions per game over his last five contests, which he’s turned into an unremarkable 8.1 half-PPR points per contest.

Meyers is still the target leader in the New England offense, but with Mac Jones still learning how to be an NFL QB, he may not be a player to help you win. It’s understandable if you feel like he’s worth keeping around through the bye weeks, but Meyers’s rest week is still to come and the Patriots will be facing some tough opponents, including the Bills twice in the near future.

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Tyler Boyd, WR – Bengals (75% rostered on Yahoo)

Coming into this season, the expectation was that Tyler Boyd would be a PPR asset and that his usage would still be noteworthy despite the addition of rookie Ja'Marr Chase. After nine games, Boyd is the WR45 in targets per game (6.9) and the WR51 in half-PPR points per game (9.2.) He’s been the third-targeted wideout in the Bengals' offense in five of nine weeks and has even been tied or behind C.J. Uzomah in balls thrown to in four of those contests.

Boyd is currently putting up low WR4 numbers and the Bengals' schedule after this week’s bye is not exactly a favorable one. If you need to win now, which is pretty much everyone at this point in the season, you may want to let Boyd go in favor of a WR higher in their team’s pecking order like Elijah Moore or Rashod Bateman.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) carries the ball for yardage during an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Cincinnati Bengals in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, October 17, 2021. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd hasn't seen consistent targets, making him hard to trust in your fantasy lineup. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Mecole Hardman, WR – Chiefs (47% rostered on Yahoo)

I included Mecole Hardman in this column in Week 5, but he’s worthy of another go considering he’s still rostered by 47% of Yahoo managers. I understand why some of you held out, thinking the Chiefs offense would return to normal and he would benefit, but that doesn’t seem to be happening with each passing week.

Hardman is currently a fantasy WR5 as we head into double-digit weeks, and three of his next five contests are against teams ranked among the top 10 in schedule-adjusted fantasy points (aFPA) per game to WRs. Go find yourself a more reliable option on a more consistent offense like Bateman or even Van Jefferson.

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David Johnson, RB – Texans (30% rostered on Yahoo)

The lead-back hype after Mark Ingram was dealt to the Saints has failed to come to fruition for David Johnson. He posted a paltry 11 yards on four rushes last week with another three catches for 29 receiving yards against Miami. That makes a total of six carries and six targets in the two weeks since he was supposedly given the reins of the Houston backfield.

Things likely won’t get any better for the 29-year-old back moving forward, plus Johnson has a bye this week, so he can be safely dropped in all formats.

This article originally appeared in its full form on 4for4.com

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.

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