It’s Week 4, and we’re starting to get a really good idea of which players can be relied on as consistent options going forward, and who isn’t viable enough to hang onto. Some decisions can be tough due to what players have done in the past, but there’s nothing worse than passing up some fantasy gold on the waiver wire to hold onto hope with players on your roster that will never be able to provide the production you need to win.
Let’s highlight some of the players that you should either hang on to or release to pick up an available player to your roster.
Keep: Andrew Luck – Reports have come out this week that Andrew Luck is about to begin practicing and should be ready for week 6. This only solidifies him as the best guy to hang onto just a little bit longer if you’ve been streaming quarterbacks and are frustrated. If you have a solid option that you feel you can play week to week, Luck is also a viable trade chip to get a running back or wide receiver back in return to bolster your depth.
Also keep: Jared Goff, Carson Palmer
Pick up: Deshaun Watson
Cut: Cam Newton – This probably need one more week to really become obvious, as he heads into New England who has been simply horrible defensively so far. Last week, Newton was unable to perform against the lowly Saints defense, which was enough for me. Add the fact that he has lost Greg Olsen, and potentially Kelvin Benjamin, it may be time to move on. Newton is simply not the guy he was two years ago when his rushing yards gave him a decent floor every week. 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions through 3 games is not going to cut it.
Also cut: Joe Flacco
Keep: Isaiah Crowell – Crowell has disappointed people after some unprecedented preseason hype for a Browns starting running back, but the fact remains that he is a starting running back. The schedule is about to soften up a bit for Crowell, which could lead to more touches and better game flow opportunity for Cleveland as a whole. Hang onto Crowell for the time being and start him in friendly matchups week to week.
Also Keep: Bilal Powell, LeGarrette Blount
Pick up: Wendell Smallwood, Kenyan Drake, Elijah McGuire
Cut: Matt Forte – Forte has been unable to stay healthy for the majority of his Jets career, and he has suffered yet another injury. The Jets are going to roll forward with Bilal Powell as thier lead back and it will be tough to see Forte ever make a real impact even if he were to return
healthy considering he’ll be in a committee regardless. Drop Forte and look for some upside at the position elsewhere.
Also Cut: Chris Johnson, Eddie Lacy (somehow owned in 92% of ESPN leagues)
Keep: Devin Funchess – Funchess received 10 targets against New Orleans with Greg Olsen out of the lineup. Now, Kelvin Benjamin could miss some time after aggravating a knee injury. He is the most talented option Carolina has right now, making him startable this week and until further notice.
Also Keep: Paul Richardson, Sterling Shephard
Pick up: Josh Doctson,
Cut: Tyrell Williams – It’s probably not fair to downgrade Williams, who seems to be getting open enough, but if QB Philip Rivers is going to struggle and is mostly just going to have eyes for Keenan Allen, it’s hard for Williams to produce. He saw 7 targets last week, but with Rivers being so inaccurate, he managed just 2 catches for 15 yards. There are simply too many weapons in this offense for Williams to produce WR3 numbers, as he made his leap last season when Keenan Allen went down with injury.
Also Cut: Ted Ginn Jr, Mike Wallace, Zay Jones
Keep: Cameron Brate – Brate is a great streaming option for one week with his matchup against the Giants, who have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in three games in a row against Jason Witten, Eric Ebron and Zach Ertz. Brate only had four targets in Week 3 at Minnesota, but he came down with four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully he gets a few more targets this week because the matchup is so good. He also has good rapport with Jameis Winston and could finish the season as a top-10 tight end.
Also Keep: Jared Cook, Jack Doyle
Pick Up – Ryan Miller
Cut: Eric Ebron – I really liked Ebron coming into the year, but his play is just too inconsistent. He’ll have his good weeks and his not so good weeks, and if you’re streaming at the position, you’re better off picking up tight ends with favorable matchups weekly rather than rostering two mediocre plays and trying to pick between the two.
Also Cut: Coby Fleener