Players to Cut: Week 14 (2020 Fantasy Football)
It looks like we are going to have all NFL games played in Week 13 unless something unexpected were to happen with the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday Night. There is no indication that game is going to be postponed, so we should have one more night of bonus football. We also should be back to Thursday Night Football again this week and with no more byes the rest of the way. Fantasy owners will have full access to their roster and hopefully the remaining schedule will not have any major scheduling changes.
These next three weeks are the three weeks that every fantasy owner dreams about. For some leagues, this is the final week of the regular season and this is when fantasy owners will either qualify for the postseason or be sent home packing. In other leagues, this is the first week of the fantasy playoffs and it is time to survive and advance or be done for the year.
At this point, your roster is what it is and there is no remaking your roster. You are going to go with the players that have put you in playoff contention or into the playoffs and you are going to be looking to add some depth or some streamers at a few positions. Here are some players that I think are still owned in too many leagues. Chances are owners that own these players will not have to worry about fantasy football for much longer. Many of them I have written about in the past and they should have been cut weeks ago. It is very hard to win at fantasy football if you have been relying on these players in recent weeks.
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI)
It is hard to come up with quarterbacks to cut this week, as it was a pretty stellar week for fantasy quarterbacks. Headed into Tuesday’s game, 28 starting quarterbacks had played their games this week and 15 of them scored 19.20 fantasy points or higher. That is the nature of the quarterback position, there are tons of fantasy points scored each week by quarterbacks and you just want to make sure you are not picking someone whose fantasy production is in the basement.
For some reason Doug Pederson and fantasy owners seem to be in the same boat, they cannot say goodbye to Wentz. The Eagles are in a predicament when it comes to figuring out what to do with a player that they traded a boatload of draft picks to acquire and who they are on the hook for over $59 million in dead money in 2021. He may be leading the league in both interceptions and sacks, but the NFL is a business and teams cannot just take on $59 million in dead money and still field a competitive roster. Look at the Oakland Raiders after their disregard for dead money in 2008 and what it did to them in future seasons.
Fantasy owners have no such considerations in making roster decisions. Wentz had an ADP of 90, which means he was probably a 10th round pick in most leagues. He is not someone that fantasy owners would need to use as a keeper or dynasty hold. Wentz is averaging 12.10 fantasy points per game since Week 8 in a league where Mitchell Trubisky has managed to score 14.39 fantasy points per game in six games this year. It incomprehensible that Wentz is still owned in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues and 57.5 percent of ESPN leagues. Jalen Hurts could end up starting for the Eagles this week and force people’s hands, but Wentz should not be owned in any format with the floor he displayed on Sunday.
Carson Wentz’s Horrible Week 13 versus other QB3s
|Player||Team||Opponent||Pass Yds||Pass TDs||Rush Yds||Rush TDs||Fan Pts||Fan Rank|
|Brandon Allen||CIN||@ MIA||153||1||3||0||9.42||26|
|Colt McCoy||NYG||@ SEA||105||1||2||0||9.40||27|
|Carson Wentz||PHI||@ GB||40||0||18||0||4.96||30|
Matt Ryan (QB – ATL)
It is the same two quarterbacks every week and it has been that way for a while. He has 86 percent ownership in Yahoo.com leagues and 82 percent in ESPN.com leagues. Since he took off for the Week 10 bye he has not returned as anything resembling a good fantasy quarterback, averaging just 11.70 fantasy points per game in that 3-game post bye stretch. I know that he has Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley and that this is supposed to be an elite offense, but they have not been playing like an elite offense for most of the season.
Their biggest problem is the red zone. They are 29th on the year in red zone scoring percentage when you factor in touchdowns only. They convert a touchdown on only 50 percent of their red zone trips and only 40 percent the last three weeks. Ryan has no value as a runner and if he is not going to throw touchdowns in the red zone, there just are not enough fantasy points to be accumulated with passing yards. Younghoe Koo has scored 46.3 fantasy points over the last three weeks for a reason and it the same reason you should ditch Ryan for the fantasy playoffs.
Le’Veon Bell (RB – KC)
I had thought that Bell would be worth owning as a handcuff in case Clyde Edwards-Helaire were not able to play. That kind of happened this week, CEH had an illness that he came down with later in the week and even though he was active, he did not see the field against the Denver Broncos. That meant that Bell had his dream scenario, a game against a bad Denver Broncos run defense and the lead role to himself. He responded with 11 rushing attempts for 40 yards and two receptions on three targets for 15 yards. He did not find the end zone in a game the Chiefs scored only 22 points.
Bell is not worth starting when he is running behind CEH most weeks. If this is the ceiling for a game where CEH does not register a single touch, he is not worth owning. I would look for other options headed into the fantasy playoffs. KC has tough road games against Miami and New Orleans the next two weeks and I do not think Bell is going to be fantasy relevant in either of those games. CEH should be back as the lead back this week and this type of performance by Bell cements CEH’s status as the lead back the rest of the way.
Jerick McKinnon (RB – SF)
Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, and Jeff Wilson are finally all healthy and that was bad news for McKinnon in Week 13. He did not see a single touch in the Monday Night Game against Buffalo. They were down 34-17 in that game in the fourth quarter and he never even saw a target. His floor and ceiling are about the same at this point. He needs to be dropped in all formats headed into the fantasy playoffs.
Phillip Lindsay (RB – DEN)
Lindsay has averaged only 3.1 fantasy points per game over his last five games. He has only topped 3.0 fantasy points in a game once in that span. Denver had a promising offense at the beginning of the season, but the combination of injuries and poor quarterback play has doomed most of their skill position players. Lindsay is going to be the lesser player in the RBBC with Melvin Gordon III and Denver does not play good enough offense to support two backs most weeks. Lindsay is a player that should be cut in most leagues.
Sammy Watkins (WR – KC)
Watkins finally came back a couple of weeks ago after missing five games. We now have had two games to evaluate him and what we have seen are 3.8 and 3.5 fantasy points. I know he plays with Patrick Mahomes II and there is always a chance that he could go off for some monster game. I think what is more likely is Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce continue to put up the monster numbers and Watkins sees 5-7 targets and 40 receiving yards per game. The only upside is the offense he plays in, there just has not been enough good games to warrant playing him in fantasy and hoping that a big game appears out of nowhere.
Jakobi Meyers (WR – NE)
Meyers has cooled off in his last three games, averaging only 5.2 fantasy points per game and ranking 68th among fantasy receivers. Chad Beebe is averaging more fantasy points with 5.3 per game and Beebe is owned in zero percent of Yahoo.com leagues. New England has thrown the ball only 338 times in 12 games this year, it is one of the most run-oriented offenses in the NFL. That makes it hard to trust Meyers in the first place, but he had two good games that had put him on the fantasy radar, followed by three bad games. I would look elsewhere or the stretch run.
Travis Fulgham (WR – PHI)
He is still owned in 43 percent of Yahoo.com leagues and 53.4 percent of ESPN.com leagues, so I still feel compelled to keep writing about him. There was a time where he was an emerging WR1. Those days have long since passed, he is the 125th ranked fantasy wide receiver with 5.2 total fantasy points in his last four games. Art Monk is more fantasy relevant that Fulgham at this point. Fulgham needs to be cut in all formats.
Kyle Rudolph (TE – MIN)
Rudolph was one of those hot streamer players due to an easy matchup with Jacksonville and no Irv Smith Jr. He responded with two targets and no receptions. I would not hope that was a fluky performance, I think you cut him and look for the next streamer.
Jimmy Graham (TE – CHI)
Graham has posted zero fantasy points in two of his last three games with a 4.5-point game sandwiched in between those fantasy donuts. I would not trust him in the fantasy playoffs. He had a surprisingly good start to the season but he has been trending downward for most of the last month.
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