Now more than ever, your roster decisions are as important as they will ever be. Determining who to cut versus who to save can be tough and each decision should be thoughtfully carried out.
Before dropping anyone, make sure to put your team into perspective. Just because your player is listed in this cut column, it does not automatically mean you should drop him, especially if you are in a dynasty league.
You also need to weigh your waiver-wire options. If someone tells you to drop a player, it does not necessarily mean the move is right for your team.
For your team to improve, you have to be able to add a player that will make your team better, immediately or down the road, compared to the player to be cut. With this being one of the last weeks of the regular season, you certainly can become more liberal with your cuts, but still make sure to think through them.
Here are some names you should consider dropping going into Week 14.
Jeff Driskel (QB, DET)
What a short run it was for Jeff Driskel, who surprisingly made some noise as a streaming fantasy quarterback.
Driskel came to the forefront after his teammate Matthew Stafford fell victim to a back fracture which sidelined him for an indefinite amount of time. While Driskel was able to step into the starting role and move the ball consistently for the Detroit offense, he picked up a hamstring injury against Washington in Week 12.
Sadly, Driskel’s hamstring injury was severe enough to land him on injured reserve. Drop Driskel in all leagues as he is now done for the season.
Nick Foles (QB, JAX)
After just three starts coming off of an injury, Nick Foles has been benched. Foles’ benching made sense after he gave up his third turnover in a single half, one being a scoop-and-score touchdown. The big surprise is that Foles has been relieved of his starting duties entirely, while also carrying a $33-million dead cap hit in 2020.
Maybe Foles’ benching is temporary but we thought his spot on the depth chart was solidified, even with Garden Minshew mania. What we have learned is that Minshew is in fact in play. So much so that Minshew has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Jaguars.
It is hard to roster any quarterback that is not actively playing games, especially ones that lost their starting job. Move on from Foles in all leagues and if you need the pick-up, go after Minshew.
Sony Michel (RB, NE)
Sony Michel, the running back you drafted and have held onto with the end of your bench, is finally someone I can comfortably move on from.
Michel has not scored double-digit fantasy points since Week 7 against the Jets. Since Week 7, he has finished with the following half-point fantasy lines: 7, 4, 5, 9 and 5 fantasy points respectively. Michel is not getting it done, not even in the range of an RB2. Take out his best stretch of games, weeks 5-7 in which he racked up 54 fantasy points, and you are left with a running back who has averaged 6.3 fantasy points per game.
With the playoffs in full swing, you cannot trust Michel for your championship run. Michel should not be seen as a must-cut with his opportunistic schedule coming, but he definitely makes a case for most fantasy managers. Look to drop him in 12-team leagues and below.
Terry McLaurin (WR, WAS)
Terry McLaurin’s 2019 season was stolen from his fantasy managers. After starting the season with an average of 16.6 fantasy points in his first five games, McLaurin has only been able to average 5.6 fantasy points in the last six weeks.
“Scary Terry’s” hot start deviated once Case Keenum was benched for fellow rookie, and future franchise quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. Haskins’ passing ability is nowhere near Keenum’s at this stage in his career which unfortunately trickles down to his receivers.
Further, we have a seven-week sample size featuring McLaurin-Hasksins and McLaurin’s best fantasy finish was 10 points. If McLaurin gets Keenum back at quarterback, he immediately regains his WR2 status; I do not think that will happen. With that said, McLaurin is a player I would be willing to move on from in all standard leagues and he can safely be cut in all 12-team PPR leagues.