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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 3:
*15-18 roster spots*
Why: QB22 in Roster Rate, the Steelers offense is one of the more painful watches in the NFL. Roethlisberger is years removed from offering anything on the ground and Diontae Johnson is on the mend and JuJu Smith-Schuster is now on the injury watch list exiting in Week 3. The upside of a revival of the "good times" for the Steelers offense is waning by the week for formats where there are other NFL starters on the waiver wire weekly for a bye week or injury replacement.
Why: Coleman might be viewed as the de facto starter for the Jets by some, but there is no utilization support for the moniker. First off, the Jets are a struggling (at best) offense where comeback mode is a commonplace offensive situation. If anything the lone fantasy viable option would be the primary pass-catcher of the depth chart (which is Ty Johnson by the way). Thomas has a Route% of 6% and 12% the first two weeks of the season and is largely irrelevant on the depth chart, compared to Johnson's 45% for the season and Michael Carter's 30%.
Why: WR70 in Roster Rate, Davis is the clear WR4 for the Bills and closer to WR5 (Isaiah McKenzie) than WR3 (Cole Beasley). Davis could benefit from an injury to Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, or Beasley, but a stash wide receiver is a luxury not applicable to shallow format rosters. Davis has a 40% route rate and 5% target share, tiny numbers to be WR70 in Roster Rate and ahead of clear WR3 options (or higher) like Terrace Marshall Jr, Van Jefferson, and Hunter Renfrow.
Why: TE16 in Roster Rate, Henry is not even the highest target share of tight ends on his own depth chart. Jonnu Smith has had an equal or higher target share each week this season. Henry has yet to see more than six targets in a game or surpass 45 yards. Henry is more of a streamer type than considered an auto-keep player in shallower redraft.
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