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Cutting the Cord: Week 13 - 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 12:

SHALLOW FORMATS

*15-18 roster spots*

Matthew Stafford

Why: The talent is sound, but the weapons are crumbling around Stafford down the stretch. Marvin Jones Jr is headed to IR and Kenny Golladay is the lone wide receiver or tight end remaining with much upside to aid Stafford's production. Stafford is a tough start and being rostered in 92% of leagues is much too high considering his fragile status to log a big game for GMs in the playoffs. Without Golden Tate, Stafford has three touchdowns in four games and now loses another key piece.

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