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  • Steven Pintado

Keep or Cut: Playoffs Arriving

The following article will go over a group of players who may be on your team. The First group will be players you should keep on your rosters, the second group of players is considered droppable. All players are owned in over 40-percent of all leagues. I hope this helps as you prepare for the playoffs.

Keep ‘em

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (50%) - Baker was a hot pick up this week after back-to-back great weeks of production. Continue to hold him on your team as three of his four upcoming match-ups are favorable. Those match-ups have allowed their opponents to have multiple top 10 fantasy finishes.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (83%) - Wentz just finished a stretch of difficult match-ups. Even with injuries and lack of talent at receiver, Wentz should be kept on your roster a little longer. He gets four opponents who are top 15 in most points allowed to QBs. Prior to his brutal schedule, he was averaging around 18-points-per-game. Have faith in him to turn around.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (97%) - This is for those owners who are worried about Gordon’s recent success over Ekeler. Ekeler still averages around 50-percent of the snaps a game and is a huge part of their passing game. Chargers will still need to pass the ball for the remainder of the season.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (97%) - Dropping David Johnson is starting to look very good right now. I'd hold off until at least after their bye week. The extra rest should help with his injury. He was very productive in PPR leagues averaging five receptions a game. The high volume passing should keep him relevant following his bye week.

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears (65%) - Cohen has sure failed to match his magical season of last year. His stock has risen again over the last two week with better production and more playing time. The Bears have easier match-ups over the final stretch so expect Cohen to be more involved to win games.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washingtin (72%) - Scary Terry went through a stretch of three bad games combining for nine repetitions for 89 yards. McLaurin would have jumped back on the radar if not for a 69 yard TD being called back. As rookie QB Dwayne Haskins gets more comfortable than the better McLaurin's productive will be. He is a hold for now.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (80%) - Unless you’re desperate for a spot then hold Jeffrey. Just like Wentz, Jeffery has easy match-ups on the horizon. As long as he can stay healthy then he should be a force as the Eagles make a push for the playoffs. Better in standard leagues to hold.

Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (64%) - Westbrook should have his groove back soon as Foles shakes off the rust heading into his second start off injury. Foles, in his career, has been big on the slot role and should gain chemistry with Westbrook. Even with missing a few games, Westbrook is still second on the team in targets.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (78%) - Fitzgerald isn't doing to bad for an old man. He is leading all receivers in targets and red zone targets. This passing game should continue to be huge in the final stretch of games and also expect them to play from behind. Volume alone should be enough to keep Fitzgerald a fringe flex play.

Gerald Evertt, TE, Los Angeles Rams (75%) - Has been enjoying his breakout season being a top 15 tight end on the season. You need to keep him on your team even with the Rams’ wide receivers coming back. He has great match-ups for the rest of the season and seems to continuously be involved in this offense.

Cut ‘em

Jared Goff, QB, Jared Goff (75%) - I think it's fair to say that Goff is a droppable fantasy quarterback. He has been up and down all season and coming off his bye week again is currently the QB29 since returning. Even with all his weapons on the field, Goff just seems to not be able to put up consistent fantasy production.

Phillip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (70%) - There must be something in the water in LA because Rivers also makes the list for droppable players. He has now thrown seven interceptions in the last two games. The team's approach to run the ball more will affect him the rest of the season. Find someone with more upside than Rivers.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (81%) - Howard had himself a solid stretch of games in being a solid running back for us in fantasy. He is trending down now and if you need the bench spot then Howard could be cut. He has an easy schedule but he is still banged up and the Eagles just signed Jay Ajayi to the team. Ajayi plays a similar role to Howard so he is in danger of losing snaps when he comes back to action.

Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Houston Texans (63%) - Unless you are in a full PPR league then thinking of dropping Johnson isn't so crazy. He isn't someone who is gonna blow up with points in games but gets you a solid four-to-five points per game. I think at this stage of the season we want those upside players on our team and Johnson just isn't one of them.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington (52%) - AP showed us this season he still has some gas left in the tank. The arrival of Guice from IR will make AP almost unstartable. Take Week 11 where he finished third in the snap count with Guice’s first game. This will be a sign of thing to come as Guice gets more involved in the offense.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (88%) - Poor Tyler Boyd, he is a fantastic WR, who has had bad quarterback play all season. Over his last five games, he has posted 21 receptions for 192 yards and zero touchdowns. Boyd can't be trusted as a fantasy wide receiver for the rest of the season. I think it's better to jump ship for a player in a better offense around him. Let him be someone else’s problem.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (69%) - Hollywood Brown jumped into our fantasy football hearts early on but since then he has been inconsistent. He doesn’t receive enough targets on a weekly basis to trusted in line-ups. He has one of the worst rest of season schedules for wide receivers. He is a better boom or busts DFS play each week then fantasy redraft starter.

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (78%) - If you are in a bind and need a player to drop then Williams wouldn't be a crazy candidate. He has a middle of the pack schedule the rest of season and his QB isn’t performing well enough to keep him fantasy relevant. The coaching change has hurt him as they are using the running back more often now and he hasn't received a red-zone target since Week 9 of the season. He isn't a must drop but if you have to then don't sweat it.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots (78%) - There were high hopes for Sanu to break out with the Patriots after he was traded there. He has had two of three bad games with them and now the injury bug has hit him. He has a tough schedule remaining and with first-round rookie N'Keal Harry coming back in the mix, his snaps could be limited.

TJ Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions (55%) - The fact that Hockenson has an over 50% ownership is nuts. I know finding a tight end is hard to come by but Hockenson has disappointed. After his impressive Week One performance, he has been TE33 on the season and he has had great match-ups all season too. I think it's safe to drop him and play the match-ups.

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