With the start of the 2018 NFL season right around the corner, you may be looking to trim some fat from your roster before the first game kicks off. Here are 5 players in Deep Dynasty leagues who you may want to look at cutting bait on before you go into the 2018 Fantasy Football season:
ArDarius Stewart, WR – New York Jets
Stewart was a 3rd round draft pick (79th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft. At Alabama, he was dynamic. Stewart looked like he was NFL ready any time he had his hands on the ball. During his last season at Alabama, he put up 54 catches for 864 yards and 8 TD’s. When he arrived for rookie minicamp, Stewart injured his thumb and had to have surgery. The injury caused him to miss most of the workouts. When he finally was healthy enough for camp with the Jets, he had already fallen behind. This caused him to be passed on the depth chart by basically everyone.
It wasn’t until Jeremy Kerley was handed a 4 game suspension in November that Stewart got to see the field regularly. At the end of the season, he was basically an enigma for the Jets offense. Stewart was tied for 10th on the team in receiving yards with Tight End Neal Sterling, with only 82. He also only saw 13 total targets, with 6 catches for 0 TD’s. Most of his production came on punt returns as he returned 9 kicks for 173 yards (a 19.2 yards per return average). Currently, this preseason, he is being outplayed by Chad Hansen, Tre McBride and Charles Johnson.
It’s very possible that Stewart may not even make the Jets roster. These obstacles along with a recent 2 game PED suspension handed down by the NFL to Stewart make his roster status up in the air for the Jets. As of right now, he has basically no value and not worth a roster spot at this point in time. Cut him if you haven’t already.
Paxton Lynch, QB – Denver Broncos
Going into the 2016 NFL Draft, there were 2 highly touted quarterbacks who would go on to be selected #1 overall (Jared Goff) and #2 overall (Carson Wentz). At 26th overall, the Denver Broncos selected the 3rd quarterback in the 1st round, from the University of Memphis named Paxton Lynch. In his rookie season, Lynch was thrust into action, making 2 starts. The 2 starts showed varied results. He attempted 83 passes, completing 49 for a 59% completion percentage, with 497 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT. This past season, Lynch again made 2 starts when Brock Osweiler struggled. Lynch looked visibly worse in these 2 games, throwing for 295 yards with 2 TD’s and 3 INT’s. Eventually Lynch was injured and the Broncos went back to Trevor Simien as the starting quarterback to finish out the year.
During the offseason, the Broncos signed Case Keenum as their starting quarterback. This left Paxton Lynch in a quarterback competition with Chad Kelly to see who would become the backup. So far this preseason, Chad Kelly has outplayed Lynch and passed him on the depth chart. If Lynch is relegated to third string quarterback, it would appear his time with Denver is coming to an end. Paxton Lynch has basically no value at this point and will more than likely find himself as a career backup. Cut bait!
Joe Williams, RB – San Francisco 49ers
49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan had thought he found his running back of the future when he traded up to draft Joe Williams in the 4th round of the 2017 draft out of Utah. Williams, however, has not delivered. The problem with Joe Williams is that he just can’t stay healthy. During his first training camp with the 49ers, Williams injured his ankle and was placed on IR, which ended his rookie season before it started.
At the start of this season, Williams was back and healthy. However, the team had also gone out and signed free agent running back Jerick McKinnon to be the starter. In the 49ers’ first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, Williams finally got a taste of the NFL. He rushed 11 times for 27 yards and a touchdown. Although he did score a touchdown, he did not look spectacular and played against mostly 2nd and 3rd teamers. In the 2nd week of the preseason, with injuries to starting running back Jerick McKinnon and 2nd team running back Matt Brieda, it appeared Williams would get his first start with the 1st team offense. That was not the case, as Jeremy McNichols got the start. Williams ended up playing on the 2nd and 3rd team and rushed 8 times for 18 yards vs the Houston Texans. In the preseason, Williams ran the ball for only 2.4 yards per carry. Not quite what Kyle Shanahan had envisioned when he traded up to take Williams. It was reported shortly after the Texans game that Williams is now dealing with fractured ribs and may again be placed on IR.
When the 49ers got the news about Williams and their running back stable depleted, they reached out to free agent Alfred Morris. Now with Morris on the roster, it appears Joe Williams roster spot may be in jeopardy. If Williams is placed on IR, he should be dropped in all leagues. It does not appear that his body can take the punishment of the NFL game.
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Breshad Perriman WR – Baltimore Ravens
Perriman is a former first round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft. When the Ravens selected Breshad, they thought they were getting the next Dez Bryant. Before his rookie season even started, he was placed on season ending IR with a knee injury. This would be the start of Perriman’s rocky career. Injuries to his knees and hamstrings to go along with multiple drops when he gets on the field, have cemented his status as a “draft bust”. There have been a few flashes of greatness.
In a game vs Cleveland in 2016, he grabbed 3 catches for 64 yards with a nice 27 yard touchdown catch. Another game that same year vs Miami, he took a short slant pattern 53 yards for a touchdown. During his brief career, more was to be expected from a former 1st round draft pick. His career stats from 3 seasons are 43 catches for 576 yards and 3 scores. Currently Pro Football Focus has Perriman graded as their lowest ranked wide receiver. Maybe a chance of scenery would do him some good. I just won’t be the one owning him to find out.
Ameer Abdullah RB – Detroit Lions
Before the start of the season, the Detroit Lions made a few moves to help bolster their back field. First, in March, they signed LaGarrette Blount to a 1 year deal. Then in April, Lions drafted Kerryon Johnson in the 2018 NFL Draft to solidify their future in the back field. Only problem was, Ameer Abdullah was supposed to be their future star running back since being drafted in the 2nd round in 2015. Abdullah’s career has been hot and cold. In his first preseason game in 2015, he had a ridiculous 45 yard run that made fantasy owners salivate. That year he rose up everyone’s draft board. However, he did not deliver. Since that time, he had shown flashes of greatness, but never any real consistent production to make him a commodity.
The Lions tried him out as their featured back in 2016, but he tore a ligament in his foot and his season ended early. Again in 2017, Detroit opened the season with him as their starring running back and Abdullah would underperform. He rushed 165 times which was a career high for only 552 yards and 4 TD’s. His yards per carry dipped to an abysmal 3.3 (the lowest of his career). I’m not saying Abdullah’s career is over, but his time with the Lions may be running out. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Abdullah’s name on the roster cut list. A team will probably give him another chance, but it may not be as a featured back. You could play the wait and see game with him, but if it’s my roster, he is either being dealt or waived.