Cutting the Cord: Week 13

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 12:

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

SHALLOW FORMATS

*15-18 roster spots*

Darrell Henderson

Why: Cam Akers surged to the forefront as the hot hand in Week 12 and Malcolm Brown has maintained his role as the obvious passing down back, preferred pass protector, and short-yardage option. Henderson is officially squeezed from both sides, at a minimum, from any confidence for fantasy lineup insertion. View Henderson as an injury-away despite the committee and hot hand approach for the Rams, which does not guarantee Henderson a roster spot in shallow redraft formats.

Brian Hill

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