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:

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

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*15-18 roster spots*

Kirk Cousins

Why: Cousins is getting by on strong efficiency this season as his volume is painfully low considering typical 2020 NFL offense dynamics. Cousins has thrown more than 27 passes in just two games and has tossed in 10 interceptions on barely 200 attempts. The DNA for the Vikings offense is Dalvin Cook and the run game. Add in Cousins' lack of rushing (55 yards over eight games) and his shoot-the-needle ceiling is tough on a weekly basis. The schedule also features the Bears twice over the fantasy stretch run, the (typically) tough Tampa Bay defense, New Orleans in the fantasy title game, and the potentially sneaky-decent Dallas pass defense.

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