Cutting the Cord: Week 2

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 1:

SHALLOW FORMATS

*15-18 roster spots*

Baker Mayfield

Why: While Week 1 was a tough matchup with Baltimore where the Browns got down early and never got off the mat, Mayfield looks jittery and without strong accuracy, two worrisome traits from a year ago. Odell Beckham Jr already looked frustrated with a few inaccurate passes, Jarvis Landry got dinged in Week 1, and David Njoku is already on the shelf for the short-term IR. Austin Hooper provided little impact and the offense looks again like it will run through their tandem of strong running backs. Mayfield has no business on shallow rosters and could be a cut venturing towards 20-22 man rosters in redraft as well depending on roster construction. Cincinnati and Washington the next two weeks offer minimal true bounceback potential for a big game from Mayfield.

Kerryon Johnson

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