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McDonald’s fantasy football update: Key adds and drops

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By Andy McDonald – Collegiate Staff

Football is back in full swing, and for many of fans, fantasy football is something they cannot get away from. With all the different injuries happening to players and watching your dream team turn to dust, you need to know who to add and drop for the long run. Here’s my advice.

Drops:

C.J. Anderson -RB, Denver Broncos

Remember last season when Anderson became a must add because he was one of the biggest assests to Denver’s offense? Not anymore. Between Peyton Manning’s weakening arm, and a offense designed by Gary Kubiak that doesn’t seem to work well for any of the players, he hasn’t been a threat in the passing or ground game. Not to mention, Anderson is already in a committee with Ronnie Hillman, who looks like he is taking over the starting job. In Week 6, Hillman out gained Anderson 111 yards to 41 on 20 carries to Hillman’s 13. He’s droppable in 12 team leagues.

Marcus Mariota – QB, Tennessee Titans

The rookie started on the upside, and is beginning to show why he is not worth being owned in many leagues. His previous two weeks have been a career low in stats, not to mention they are stats coming off of a bye week. Mariota is also dealing with a sprained MCL, an injury easily aggravated if he tries to play through it. He’s droppable in any one QB league format.

Owen Daniels – TE, Denver Broncos

Don’t worry C.J., you are not alone. Many people thought coming into the season that Daniels would be a great tight end to own because Manning uses all of his targets, and Daniels was at one time pretty good with Houston. As it turns out Manning can barely get the ball to his receivers, and when Daniels has gotten the chance, he’s had his fair share of drops. He’s not worth owning in any kind of format.

Nelson Agholor – WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Coming into the season, the rookie looked great on paper. Playing next to Jordan Matthews, who would seem to get all of the attention from defenses, would open up multiple targets for Agholor. That hasn’t happened, and it’s time to pull the plug on any hopes of his fantasy relevance. With a nagging ankle injury, he’s not worth owning in any formats.

Other considerable drops: Torrey Smith, Mike Wallace, Alfred Morris and Kirk Cousins.

Adds:

Charcandrick West – RB, Kansas City Chiefs

If you owned Jamaal Charles and watched your fantasy season take a huge hit, you were doing anything possible to get this guy. Despite a fumble in week 6, West still seems to be the lead back in the Chiefs backfield. He has the closest ability to Charles and is a must add in all formats.

Blake Bortles – QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

As hard as it may be to believe, the QB for Jacksonville is one of the top fantasy quarterbacks to own. He has been consistent in stats all season, putting up a lot of points. It also helps when Jacksonville trails most of the games they are in, putting them in a must pass situation. Bortles is not just a must add, but a must start in any format.

Benjamin Watson – TE, New Orleans Saints

The tight end has been under the radar most of the season, showing some major potential in recent weeks. With Drew Brees back from injury, he has almost been using Watson as a security blanket when he has nowhere else to go with the ball. With Watson’s big body frame, and tight ends being so hard to come by, this as must add in any format, and a must start in PPR leagues.

Brandon Lafell – WR, New England Patriots

Last year Lafell came on the scene by putting up huge numbers, but he has been sidelined all year with foot problems. He resumed practice this week, and although the sessions will be limited, they are saying his return will be Week 8 or 9. With Tom Brady at quarterback using all of his targets, and knowing what Lafell did last year, he should be a WR 2/3 when available. He’s a must add in all formats.

Other considerable adds: Stefon Diggs, Knile Davis, Ladarius Green, and Derrick Carr