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.
With the playoffs starting in Week 14 for many/most fantasy football leagues, many bench spots (outside of dynasty leagues) are about utility for the next week or two. This means adding an additional kicker or defense if there is an optimal matchup in an upcoming game or insulating from injury with a key backup or handcuff at the skill positions.
SHALLOW FORMATS, redraft leagues
Why: There are a host of better streaming options for shallow formats than these two, both sitting with strong MFL roster rates heading into Week 14. With Stafford, his weapons have eroded to a comical level as Levine Toilolo was a feature target in Week 13 and secondaries can load up on Kenny Golladay. Arizona, Buffalo, and Minnesota to close the fantasy schedule is also a rough trio even if playing the matchups.
Derek Carr enjoyed a rogue quality game (285-3-0) but it came against the known deficient Kansas City defense after three touchdowns over the previous four games combined. The Steelers bring Oakland's schedule back to reality in Week 14 and the Broncos are another negative adjusted SOS (strength of schedule) matchup in Week 16.
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