We are officially over two-thirds of the way done with the fantasy football regular season. If you’re still worried about your roster moves, kudos! It means that you’ve mad shrewd moves to keep you in the thick of things. That also means that you still need to make those roster moves to keep you rolling down the stretch. With that in mind, we have our weekly Who To Cut column, to help you make space on your roster for your new fantasy football leagues. As always, Waleed Ismail has you set for your additions. But for the cuts, please check out the cut candidates below. To make this list, a player must be on rosters in at least 50% of leagues. After all, it does me no good to tell you to cut Mason Rudolph.
Quarterback Cut Candidates
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (72% rostered)
We saw the problem with having Carson Wentz on your roster this week. He’d been dinking and dunking and Michael Pittmaning his way to fantasy football production. But, if everything goes how Indianapolis wants, it means a whole lot of Jonathan Taylor. That’s exactly what we saw this week with Taylor running roughshod all over the Jacksonville Jaguars, allowing Indy to go up 20-6 in the second quarter. From there, they just cruised for much of the second half, forcing Wentz to take a backseat. He finished the game with 180 passing yards and -1 rushing yards.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (67% rostered)
Matt Ryan looked overwhelmed, overmatched, and over it all this week. The Dallas Cowboys make a mockery of the Falcons’ passing game, holding Matt Ryan to under 120 passing yards, with no touchdowns and two picks before Atlanta threw in the towel. There’s no reason for Matt Ryan to be on rosters in two-thirds of leagues. Not with his top-two wide receivers being a 30-year-old return man/running back and a rookie tight end.
Wide Receiver Cut Candidates
Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (90% rostered)
Courtland Sutton has three straight weeks with four or fewer targets (two of those with Jerry Jeudy in tow). In those games averages 26 yards and 1.3 receptions per game.
Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans (76% rostered)
Jones hasn’t had a double-digit HPPR fantasy day since week two and the Titans threw him on IR. That puts him out for the next two games, putting him up to the week thirteen bye. That means—at best—Julio Jones is getting two double-digit fantasy days during the fantasy football regular season.
Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns (74% rostered)
Jarvis Landry has not had a double-digit fantasy day since week one. He has averaged 7 targets per game over his last four games, and under 40 yards per game in that timeframe. Even without Odell Beckham, things are bleak for Landry in Cleveland.
Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (50% rostered)
Woods tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season.
Running Back Cut Candidates
Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins (91% rostered)
At this point, I’m not sure what to do about Gaskin. He has 46 carries in his last three games, which he’s taken for just 101 yards. He had 45 carries in his six previous games, which he turned into 194 yards. So, that means he was just about half as productive with those carries than the 45 he had before then. It truly makes no sense for Gaskin to completely fall apart the way he has, but it’s where we are.
Mike Davis, Atlanta Falcons (69% rostered)
Since Atlanta’s bye, Mike Davis has 14.2 fantasy points in half-PPR, and their bye was four weeks ago. Davis played about 50% of snaps while the game was in hand, and it didn’t really matter. The man hasn’t had fewer than 56% of snaps in any game before this week. It’s just been an absolute disaster. Over the last four weeks, he is RB68.
Jeremy McNichols (61% rostered) & Adrian Peterson (53% rostered), Tennessee Titans
Just… no. Neither of these guys are good enough to come anywhere close to filling Derrick Henry’s mighty shoes. Since getting thrust into a prominent role two games ago, they have combined for 17.9 fantasy points. They’re dreadful on the ground, and both seemed to have ceded significant snaps to D’Onta Foreman, who outsnapped both of them. This seems to be an exceedingly messy three-headed backfield with no clear winner.
Tight End Cut List
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (85% rostered)
Earlier this week, Bruce Arians said he “hopes” Rob Gronkowski to be “2-3 weeks away.” Given what happened last time (he left after just six snaps), that’s about four weeks until we trust Rob Gronkowski again. So, you’re hanging onto Gronk for the Saints, the Panthers, and the Jets. Also, he has to stay upright and not goose you before then for you to start him… because that’s the fantasy football playoffs.
Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers (58% rostered)
Jared Cook isn’t very good at football, and he seems to have a perpetually high roster rate given this basic fact about him. He has just two games of double-digit fantasy points this season, relegating him to pure streamer territory. He also hasn’t scored a touchdown since the Chargers’ week seven bye, and has just seven catches for 83 yards in those games.
Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (54% rostered)
He hasn’t played since week three, and Ron Rivera said on Friday that Logan Thomas is “just not ready to be put on the football field.” Absolute yikes, there. Don’t go out of your way to cut Logan Thomas, but that’s definitely a foreboding quote from Riverboat Ron.