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 1:
*15-18 roster spots*
Why: The Colts offensive line struggled in Week 1, and Wentz was battered in the pocket. After starting efficiently with a controlled passing game, Wentz took more hits as the game progressed, and the Colts' wide receivers are a collection of WR2/3 types in the NFL, while the tight ends are a baseline bunch at best. Wentz is on the hot list against the Rams in Week 2 for injury and Miami-Baltimore in Weeks 4/5 loom. Wentz's upside is not worth the roster spot in shallower roster sizes.
Why: The Jets' de facto starter (or opener) saw just 17 snaps as Ty Johnson (also disappointing) was the highest snap option in this low-upside committee. Rostering the lead back here does not move the needle for fantasy teams, and moving on quickly is the key with Coleman and even Ty Johnson.
Why: Lindsay is a bigger name and was in the top-50 running backs in Roster Rate for Week 1 on MFL. However, Lindsay was RB3 by snaps on a Houston team likely overachieving in Week 1 against a struggling Jacksonville team. Is Lindsay an injury-away from being a clarified fantasy starter? No. Mark Ingram II is the clear starter now and if David Johnson is out. And expect Johnson to have the more optimal receiving game work if Ingram misses time at a minimum.
Why: Kyle Pitts is basically playing wide receiver, and Gage is a baseline talent where the appeal is the floor of targets expectation with Julio Jones gone this offseason. Gage was invisible in Week 1, and Pitts did not even have a significant role. There will be better weeks for Gage, but the two targets and doughnut stat line are relevant on a Falcons team who played catch-up already in Week 1 to pile up stats.
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