Cutting the Cord: Week 5

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 4:

SHALLOW FORMATS

*15-18 roster spots*

Mark Ingram II

Why: Ingram has yet to see more than 11 touches in a game this season and is on pace for fewer than 600 rushing yards this season. Despite a full-fledged committee backfield in Baltimore, Ingram is still on 95% of rosters and holds some semblance of name cache for potential trading. The ceiling is minimal for Ingram outside of a rogue multiple touchdown performance.

Adrian Peterson

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