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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 9
Marcus Mariota, (TEN) 77.5% owned
Due to Mariota’s incredible red zone efficiency and ability as a runner. Unfortunately, the third year QB has struggled with injuries throughout the first half of the season. Additionally, Mariota has yet to top 315 yards passing in a single game. Those his yardage and fantasy production has decreased this season, his completion percentage remains the same. His health has been steadily improving the past few weeks, and once he returns to full health he will be able to make more plays on the ground which will also open up the secondary.
Giovani Bernard, (CIN) 45.1% owned
While Bernard has never been an early-down back, his lack of usage in passing situations this year is troubling. Last year, Bernard averaged 5.1 targets and 3.9 receptions per game. Through seven outings in 2017, Bernard has yet to top four targets and three receptions in a single performance. Simply put, due to Mixon’s emergence, Bernard has become an afterthought in Cinncinatti. In fact, the rookie out of Oklahoma has out-snapped Bernard four out of the last five weeks.
Ty Montgomery, (TEN) 88.3% owned
As a wide receiver turned running back, Ty Montgomery is one of the most versatile threats in the NFC. With that said, the pairing of Aaron Rodgers‘ season-ending injury and Aaron Jones‘ extremely impressive performances spell trouble for Montgomery. Over the past their past three performances, the difference between the two backs is undeniable. Montgomery has had 32 snaps, 19 carries, and 62 yards. On the other end of the spectrum, Jones has been on the field for 140 snaps, 49 carries, 297 yards and two touchdowns. Jones may be the next David Johnson of waiver wire pickups, and Montgomery may be phased out of the offense completely.
Marshawn Lynch, (OAK) 90.2% owned
Marshawn Lynch is shaping up to be the biggest bust of the 2017 fantasy football season. With his average ADP ranging somewhere in the third round, he is underperforming in every sense of the word. Lynch is ranked 42nd among RBs in fantasy points, has a YPC of 3.7, and hasn’t gained over 80 yards in a game. Needless to say, he is struggling. If either Deandre Washington or Jalen Richard had an outstanding game in Lynch’s absence, I would advise dropping Lynch. Neither of them did. Their less than average showing means Lynch will still be receiving the majority of carries in the offense. As I always say, carries equals value.