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:

*Roster Rate referencing the percentage of myfantasyleague.com fantasy leagues where the player is rostered*

SHALLOW FORMATS

*15-18 roster spots*

Cam Newton

Why: Newton has survived through his rushing production this season (nearly 50 yards per game, 1.0 rushing TDs per game). However, the New England passing game has been a rough watch with Newton on pace for less than 3,000 yards with five more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (2). Newton is QB13 in Roster Rate with a road game against Buffalo up next. Newton is a middling streamer at best in shallow formats.

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