Cutting the Cord: Week 10

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 9:

SHALLOW FORMATS

*15-18 roster spots*

Baker Mayfield

Why: The wait for a big Browns turnaround continues with another lackluster effort in Week 9. The schedule does not soften for at least two more weeks with stingy Buffalo and Pittsburgh up next for Mayfield. Even in exploitable matchups (Jets, Seahawks, Ravens), Mayfield has not posted more than one passing touchdown in any game with four interceptions spread over his three best matchup games this season. Mayfield is tough to wait on with shallow rosters and, at most, two quarterback spots to mix-and-match down the stretch. Backup running back bets are too valuable to burn one on holding Mayfield for (hopefully) a high-end streaming opportunity against Miami, Cincinnati, and/or Arizona down the stretch.

Frank Gore

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