by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It’s easy to make a hasty decision when it comes to your fantasy football team, since the season feels more like a sprint than a marathon. How long do you stay patient? Is it time to cut bait and move on? Let’s take a look at a few of the standout players who you may be considering cutting:
Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – Wide Receiver
It was the first time Russell Wilson had attempted more than 26 passes since Week 2 (he completed 26 of 39 attempts), so that is a promising development, though Lockett wasn’t a beneficiary of the increased opportunities. Lockett actually tied Doug Baldwin for fourth on the team in targets (4) as they both trailed:
- Nick Vannett – 8
- Mike Davis – 8
- David Moore – 7
Baldwin was more efficient with his opportunities (4 receptions for 77 yards) and Lockett has now been targeted 4 times or fewer in four straight games. He’s totaled 69 receiving yards over his past three games, though he had been finding the end zone (which had been saving his fantasy days). While Lockett isn’t a must drop, if you play in a shallower format it’s safe to move on and look towards the next option.
Verdict – Ditch ‘Em in 12-team leagues (and shallower)
D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – Wide Receiver
A hot add a week ago, Moore was fairly unimpressive in Week 9 despite the Panthers racking up 42 points as he caught 1 of 2 targets for 16 yards (and added 32 rushing yards). The problem here is that it was Curtis Samuel who was making plays (3 touches for 57 yards and 2 TD) and the fact that Moore was fifth on the team in terms of targets:
- Christian McCaffrey – 6
- Greg Olsen – 6
- Devin Funchess – 5
- Curtis Samuel – 4
- D.J. Moore – 2
There will be weeks where he is targeted significantly more, but is it a guarantee? The offense is going to run through McCaffrey and as Olsen gets healthy and comfortable he should become an even bigger part of the passing game. Throw in Moore having to battle Samuel for opportunities as well as likely trailing Funchess on the depth chart and he becomes tougher to trust. There’s too much upside to give up on him in deeper formats, but in shallower ones he can be put back on the wire.
Verdict – Ditch ‘Em in 10-team leagues (droppable in 12-team leagues if you need the spot, but it’s not necessarily recommended)
Javorius Allen – Baltimore Ravens – Running Back
We all knew that the addition of Ty Montgomery would likely spell a decline in production for Allen, something that we’d expect to come to fruition in Week 11 when Montgomery should join the active roster. Allen’s performance yesterday is just going to add fuel to that fire:
- Rushing – 1 carry for 6 yards
- Receiving – 5 receptions for 9 yards
Allen has now mustered 24 yards or fewer in four straight weeks. If you were holding onto him, for whatever reason, cut bait as his already limited production is just going to be further capped.
Verdict – Ditch ‘Em in 12-team leagues (cuttable in deeper formats as well if the roster spot is needed)
Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets – Wide Receiver
Another hot addition recently, Kearse was targeted 8 times on Sunday but managed just 3 catches and 20 yards. That goes to show the type of upside Kearse has with a rookie quarterback under center, and with the emergence of Chris Herndon and the return to health of Robbie Anderson and Quincy Enunwa there’s no guarantee the opportunities will even be there. At this point it’s fairly easy to move on in all formats.
Verdict – Ditch ‘Em (cuttable in all formats)
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com