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Cutting the Cord: Week 6 - Footballguys

Breaking down the key players to drop or trade to optimize fantasy football rosters

Much of fantasy football in-season owner strategy centers around which players to pick up from the waiver wire or to target in the trade market. However, roster spots are a premium resource. Cutting a player - or adding them to a trade - opens a roster spot for a key waiver wire addition or flexibility to keep a currently injured player through a missed game or two. Here are the key players to cut or trade after Week 5:

SHALLOW FORMATS

*15-18 roster spots*

Alex Smith

Why: Smith has been a solid, but unspectacular fantasy option this season. The matchup is decent (Carolina) this week, but mostly due to wide receivers scoring well in adjusted SOS (strength of schedule) more than elsewhere. This is where Washington struggles the most - winning on the outside and their wide receivers are weak. Smith has the Cowboys and Giants to finish this three-week stretch and can be thrown back to the waiver wire in shallow formats for possible streaming midseason when Atlanta and Tampa Bay are up.

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