Cutting the Cord: Week 8

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 7:

SHALLOW FORMATS

*15-18 roster spots*

Baker Mayfield

Why: While Mayfield as a dynasty investment is a clearly different proposition, Mayfield is a tough hold and start in redraft format. Coming off a bye, Mayfield found rest for his hip injury but the schedule is downright brutal over the next three weeks with the Patriots, Broncos, and Bills suffocating opposing quarterbacks this season in adjusted strength of schedule. Add to the schedule Mayfield's streak of six straight games with an interception and yet to post a multiple passing touchdowns performance, Mayfield is a longer hold in redraft for hopeful better days late in the season where shallow redraft is a week-to-week mindset for those sprinting towards a hopeful playoff run.

Peyton Barber

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