With the number of names flying around on cut down day, it can be difficult to sift through everything and make sense of the news. Here are the most important moves from Saturday and what they mean for fantasy football teams.
Note: These notes do not reflect the secondary wave of waiver claims that will come on Sunday after teams examine cut lists and do this exercise for themselves.
Buffalo releases Corey Coleman
The Bills chose to keep UDFA Robert Foster (Alabama) over Coleman as a deep threat. Coleman has played well enough to deserve a spot on an NFL roster in his first two years, so there must be off-field issues that are keeping him from sticking somewhere. He could get another shot or two on his talent if he clears waivers and loses the first-round pick salary, but the clock is ticking on Coleman’s career.
Buffalo trades AJ McCarron to Oakland
The Bills will be going with rookie Josh Allen or 2017 fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman at quarterback. McCarron was still going to leave them in one of the worst 2 or 3 starting quarterback situations in the league, but he would have at least been another option if Peterman or Allen get overwhelmed. The Bills offense is in for a rocky season.
Miami releases Leonte Carroo
The Dolphins gave up three draft picks for Carroo just two years ago. As a Rutgers product and player who still could develop, Carroo makes sense as a waiver claim for the Patriots.
Miami releases Greg Joseph
Barring any further move, the Dolphins will start seventh-round pick Jason Sanders at kicker Week 1.
New England releases Mike Gillislee
The potentially valuable #4 running back role now goes to Jeremy Hill, who had a better summer than Gillislee. Gillislee should catch on somewhere else eventually and already has a visit scheduled in New Orleans.
New England keeps only three wide receivers on initial roster
With Julian Edelman suspended, the Patriots have only three wide receivers eligible to play Week 1: Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson. They will surely be claiming, signing, or trading for another wide receiver before the season opener against the Texans.
Baltimore keeps Kenneth Dixon
After a suspension and injury-marred 2017, Dixon had to prove he was still worth a roster spot this summer. He missed some practices, but stayed healthy and played well enough to win the #3 running back job over Gus Edwards. He has as much talent as any back on the Ravens roster and should be on our waiver wire watch lists.
Baltimore releases Breshad Perriman
The team has officially given up on their 2015 first-round pick. Perriman wasn’t expected to start with John Brown and Michael Crabtree signed in the offseason, but he could have still played a role in the pass offense and been in a position to do more if Brown’s injury recovery issues resurface this year. Chris Moore is the top backup at outside receiver and could have fantasy relevance if injuries thin the Ravens wide receiver depth chart.
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