Cutting the Cord: Week 14

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 13:

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


*15-18 roster spots*

Cam Newton

Why: The Patriots passing game is hitting new lows by the week. Newton has thrown 37 passes over the past two weeks and for a decent half from Patrick Mahomes II-like 153 yards. The weapons are middling and Newton needs either a glorious matchup (see: Houston in Week 11) or multiple rushing touchdowns for any chance of a quality fantasy performance. The Rams and Dolphins the next two weeks offer stingy tests for Newton to be viable in fantasy playoff lineups. Pare down the QB2 roster spot in shallow formats to a backup running back or ideal matchup elsewhere. Newton is still QB17 in Roster Rate on MFL.

Malcolm Brown

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