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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 12:
*15-18 roster spots*
Why: Newton, in the top-18 for Roster Rate at the position, was benched in the blowout loss to the Dolphins in Week 12. Miami was also a neutral aSOS matchup, hardly a shutdown unit against quarterbacks this season. At a minimum, Newton has reduced confidence to finish a game he starts if things begin poorly. Carolina also enters a bye, so floating Newton with a roster spot misses an opportunity on another player.
Why: RB18 in Roster Rate, New England is back to its running back committee ways. Rhamondre Stevenson and Harris have a firm split of carries and Brandon Bolden is the primary receiving option. Harris drew the start in Week 12 but was hardly the clear starter with 12 touches and a single target. Harris offers low upside unless Stevenson is out and expect Stevenson to have the edge in the passing game if Bolden were to miss time.
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