Fantasy Football Undroppable
What is an Undroppable Player in Fantasy Football?
An undroppable player in fantasy football is a player that cannot be "dropped" by the manager of a team, meaning the player cannot be released into free agency where other teams have the opportunity to add the player without compensation.
Following the draft, team managers are given a list of undroppables, which contains every player that cannot be released outright and must be traded in order to change teams. Undroppable players are a mandatory setting in public leagues. While the commissioner of a private league can choose to disable this feature, many elect to keep it and maintain a level playing field across the league.
Which Players Are Undroppable?
Undroppable players are generally star players that have a reputation for putting up strong fantasy numbers year after year. Other undroppable players include those coming off widely successful seasons in the previous year. Most fantasy football teams have at least one undroppable player that can be relied upon to keep the team afloat when other players are struggling.
2021 Undroppable Fantasy Football Players
Below is a list of the players that are currently undroppable heading into the 2021 fantasy football season.
- Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
- Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
- Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
- Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
- Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
- Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
- DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
- Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
- Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
- Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
- DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
- Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
- Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Why Do Undroppable Rules Exist?
Rules surrounding undroppable players exist primarily to prevent collusion. Without a list of undroppable players, two well-acquainted managers could strike a deal in which the manager of a struggling team drops star players so that the manager of a contending team can scoop them up and drastically increase their chances of winning the league, and possibly a large sum of money.
Are kickers or defenses ever undroppable in fantasy football?
Kickers and defenses are never included on undroppable lists in fantasy football. This is in large part due to the fact that these positions are not key pieces of any dominant fantasy team. While a kicker or defense can certainly help your fantasy football team win on any given week, repeatedly bringing in such spectacular results is highly unlikely. This reality is reflected by the fact that kickers and defenses are typically two of the last picks made in any fantasy football draft.
Can undroppable players be traded in fantasy football?
While undroppable players, as the name suggests, cannot be dropped into free agency in fantasy football, they are allowed to be traded. The reason undroppable players exist are to discourage collusion and other forms of cheating in fantasy football. Another measure to prevent collusion is the "trade veto", which allows fantasy football team owners that aren't involved in the trade to reject a trade if it is unfair. If you decide you do not want to trade an undroppable player, you can always bench them in place of another player.
Can players be removed from the undroppable list mid-season?
While it is uncommon for players to be removed from the undroppable players list mid-season, it can happen on occasion. For star players that suffer a season-ending injury early on and have no chance of returning before the season ends, they may be removed from the undroppable list to give fantasy managers the chance to pick up a player that will earn points in their place. However, this is not guaranteed for all season-ending injuries. In even more rare circumstances, if a star player is consistently and drastically underperforming, they may also be removed from the list. Of course, this decision is at the discretion of the fantasy platform that designates the undroppable list.