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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 10:
*15-18 roster spots*
Why: Two games without Derrick Henry, both of which have been positive game scripts for Tennessee, have produced a total rushing line of 18-42-1 for Peterson. D'Onta Foreman is rising based on the small sample and eye test of Week 10 and Peterson is unlikely to get much (if any) passing game work if the game script turns negative. Peterson is a starting lineup albatross for competing teams and plenty of current backup running backs have strong upside than Peterson if an injury elevates their opportunity.
Courtland Sutton (Trade)
Why: Sutton is being squeezed for targets with Jerry Jeudy back, Tim Patrick relevant, and two notable tight ends (Noah Fant, Albert Okwuegbunam). Denver is a run-centric offense at heart, and Sutton's status as an auto-start assumption should be questioned with his recent 10-146-0 swoon over the past four games combined. Sutton is an ideal trade candidate to consolidate roster spots or upgrade elsewhere to an auto-start player.
Why: Is Jones worth waiting for after his stint on the Injured Reserve? Jones would potentially be back right around the close of the fantasy regular season with minimal trust to insert into lineups. A wait-until-we-see-it approach with a Jones quality game is prudent with all the false starts to optimism and a healthy Jones in 2021 thus far. In moderate roster size leagues, without IR spots, Jones is a tough hold considering the weekly roster pressure from the waiver wire and the unknown upside even if Jones is back healthy in a few weeks.
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