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Welcome back to Cut’em or Keep’em. In this column, I’ll break down the pros and cons of each player that may be on the chopping block for your respective team. Make sure to check back each week for more fantasy advice!
Cut’em or Keep’em Week 10
Mike Gillislee, (NE) 60.2% owned
Prior to the start of the 2017 season, Mike Gillislee was one of the most popular sleep picks in fantasy football. He was incredibly efficient in Buffalo as a change of pace back for LeSean Mccoy and now had an opportunity to be a bell cow back. After two weeks, Gilleslee had 34 points in standard scoring and seemed to be one of the best backs in fantasy football. Since then, his production has dropped off significantly. He has not rushed for over 55 yards and has no touchdowns in the past six weeks. Additionally, Belichick’s usage of Gillislee has been consistent (8-12 carries last six weeks), but that is not nearly enough for an RB1/2 status. Lastly, the past two weeks Gillislee has been out-snapped by every other RB on the Patriots’ Roster. Verdict: Cut or Keep
David Johnson, (ARI) 61.2% owned
Though David Johnson said in a radio interview that he hoped to play again this year, Head Coach Bruce Arians was not as confident, “I doubt it.” Johnson is one of the most electrifying running backs in the NFL when healthy, but is obviously unusable when on the bench. For those of you who play in 16-week leagues, Johnson is a safe drop because I believe there is very little chance he has a full workload by then. In 17-week leagues, proceed with caution. Verdict: Cut
Latavius Murray, (MIN) 68.2% owned
Since rookie RB Dalvin Cook went down with a torn ACL in week 4, Latavius Murray has averaged a substantial 16 carries a game. Though he is in an RBBC with Jerrick Mckinnon, Murray has a significant enough workload to generate fantasy value each week. While his YPC is terrible, usage is usage and Murray should be owned in all 10/12 team leagues. Verdict: Keep
Will Fuller, (HOU) 87.2% owned
Will Fuller has pole vaulted his way into the top 15 for WRs in fantasy football due to his insane touchdown production. While he has just 15 receptions on the season, he has averaged 20 yards a catch and has seven total TDs. This production is clearly unsustainable, but he remains a fantasy threat even with a lowered TD efficiency. The bigger issue for him is the Texans new QB: Tom Savage. According to Pro Football Focus, Rookie Deshaun Watson ranked 13th in deep throw QBR and 1st in big-time throw %. Savage struggles in those areas. That fact is key because Fuller’s bread and butter is explosive plays. With that said, he simply has too much talent and TD production to turn down. Verdict: Keep