Cutting the Cord: Week 9

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 fantasy leagues where the player is rostered*


*15-18 roster spots*

Joshua Kelley

Why: Kelley was running as the clear RB3 for the Chargers in Week 8 with Justin Jackson and NFL nomad Troymaine Pope both as preferred options and Kelley has looked pedestrian for weeks. At best, Kelley is the RB2 to Jackson in the near-term with Austin Ekeler back Week 12 by Jene Bramel's listed target. The window is short for Kelley to benefit from a Justin Jackson injury and then the upside with the role would be a question mark.

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