We did it! It’s the fantasy football playoffs! Congratulations, now let’s figure out which dead weight to slice off of your rosters, shall we? Every week, I take care of the fantasy football waiver wire cut list while Waleed gives you the feel-goods about who to add to your strong roster that is going to take down your whole league. To make this cut candidate list, a player must be unrostered in at least half of fantasy football leagues. It does me no good to tell you that Mike White shouldn’t be on your roster. Without further ado, the week fifteen fantasy football cut list candidates!
Quarterback Cut Candidates:
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (67% rostered)
The Chiefs whooped Derek Carr up one side of Arrowhead and down the other, and he finished with 11.52 fantasy points on 263 passing yards, one touchdown, and one pick. This makes for six games since the Raiders had their bye and five games where Carr failed to reach 20 fantasy points. It’s not like he’s particularly close, either. He is the QB24 over the last four weeks and gets Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis in the next three weeks. None of those are matchups sufficiently juicy to keep him around.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (66% rostered)
Tannehill’s last 20-point day came on Halloween, and by the time he plays again, he will be firmly inside the Twelve Days of Christmas. That’s a pretty terrible set of circumstances. Even worse is failing to take advantage of the Jags, scoring just 16.5 fantasy points against them. The Steelers, Niners, and Dolphins loom on the horizon.
Wide Receiver Cut Candidates:
Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (79% rostered)
Courtland Sutton is the WR125 in the last four weeks, averaging 2.63 half-PPR fantasy points per week. His last double-digit week was two months ago, and things aren’t getting any better anytime soon, as has just one game over four targets since Halloween.
Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (67% rostered)
Calvin Ridley stepped away from the NFL to address his mental health, and we still do not have an update on his situation.
Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (63% rostered)
Brown is currently dealing with both a suspension and an ankle injury. Rumors have it that the Buccaneers are weighing cutting Antonio Brown.
Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (58% rostered)
It was a fun story to start the year, but Sanders has completed his spiral down the drain. He has had five or fewer points in five of his last seven games and has just 15 targets in his last four games combined. The Bills have moved to a Stefon Diggs/Dawson Knox/Cole Beasley-based passing game, leaving nothing for Sanders.
Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (56% rostered)
The biggest fantasy football bust now has gone thirteen weeks without a double-digit day and has passed 65 receiving yards just once this year. He’s just an all-around disappointment.
Running Back Cut Candidates
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (84% rostered)
A Sunday morning Adam Schefter report stated that the Titans hoped Henry would be back for the playoffs, but he could possibly push it to week 18. Given that most fantasy football playoffs end in week seventeen, I wouldn’t expect Henry for the rest of the fantasy season.
Jeff Wilson Jr, San Francisco 49ers (64% rostered)
Wilson led the 49ers’ backfield with Elijah Mitchell out, but he didn’t do anything with his touches. He’s fallen on his face all three times he has notched double-digit touches this season, averaging just 4.9 half-PPR fantasy points in his three cracks as the lead running back in San Francisco.
Dontrell Hilliard, Houston Texans (60% rostered)
As we feared, Jeremy McNichols’ return cut into Hilliard’s touch share. He dropped down to zero catches, six carries, and 13 total yards against the Jaguars. It’s hard to feel good about starting him with Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Miami on the horizon.
Tight End Cut Candidates:
Jared Cook, Los Angeles Chargers (60% rostered)
Jared Cook is the TE30 over the last four weeks of the season on a per-game basis. He’s done this despite scoring two touchdowns over the last three games. He’s purely touchdown-or-bust, but he’s rostered like he’s a priority fantasy asset and he isn’t.
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