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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 2:
*15-18 roster spots*
Why: In the top-15 of the position in Roster Rate (Myfantasyleague.com), Winston's weapons are notably lacking. Marquez Callaway continues to be underwhelming as the de facto WR1 and it is understandable Winston is forcing the ball resulting in two interceptions against Carolina. The Patriots are up next.
Why: Still in the top-60 for running back Roster Rate, Bernard has not been the new James White for Tom Brady, seeing just five targets in two games. The surrounding weapons are too strong for the hurry-up back and clear RB3 in the rotation to have standalone value.
Why: Two weeks in and Callaway has a mere six targets and 22 yards for the wide receiver-starved New Orleans offense. With the Patriots up next, three weeks of disappointment from the preseason star is a confident prediction.
Why: Hooper is on arguably the most contested tight end depth chart in the NFL. Harrison Bryant and David Njoku are legit starting options and the trio all posted between 50% and 70% of snaps for the wide receiver-starved Browns in Week 2. Hooper has just eight empty targets through two games (averaging 8.4 yards per reception) and the upside will be squeezed even more with Jarvis Landry's return (out 2-3 weeks) and Odell Beckham Jr's as well.
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