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The Week 7 Do Not Cut List

Week 6 was another week where almost all the players we listed last week went off! It is almost as if regression is a real thing. This week it was Curtis Samuel, Robby Anderson, Miles Sanders, and even Ronald Jones. Jones saw very little work with a terrible game script, but he showed his potential with a great cut move before getting into the end zone.

Things to Remember

Here are a few main points to remember before we get started:

  • No quarterbacks are on this list because the position is deep and there are likely many streamable options, or if you are in a Superflex league you likely don’t have many options available. 
  • Do feel free to drop kickers to make your waiver wire moves, they are also streamable (look for my article to see which ones you should target)
  • Use your IR spots if available.

High Draft Capital Players

It is late enough in the season that we should have a pretty good idea about which players are good and the sort of workloads we can expect. And many high draft capital players have been underperforming. A quick twitter question revealed some of the players that people are looking to drop. Here are a few that I would continue to hold.

Joe Mixon

I get it, Mixon is not producing at a second-round level — and for those of us who drafted him, well, the struggle is real. However, the production, or lack thereof, does not warrant a drop. Mixon is the RB29 on the season in PPR formats, a viable Flex in 12-team leagues or deeper. He has finished each week as an RB3 or better. Mixon has yet to rush for a touchdown, a trend that I suspect changes as early as this week in a favorable matchup versus Jacksonville. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster

One reception for seven yards is a performance that we all want to forget. It was a brutal night for Smith-Schuster. Now the Steelers are coming up on their bye week and people desperate for starting options are looking to make drastic moves. This should not be one of them. Smith-Schuster’s season was derailed when Ben Roethlisberger went down with an injury in Week 2, and it got worse when the third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges took the helm this week. But Smith-Schuster has not been terrible with Mason Rudolph, who will be back at QB after the bye. A look at the splits with and without Rudolph shows that Smith-Schuster has been a viable WR3 or flex option when Rudolph is under center. Again, not what we were hoping for when we drafted him in the early rounds, but not worthy of dropping.

Brandin Cooks

Cooks is averaging 6.4 PPR points in his last two games. My squad in the Scott Fish Bowl lost both of those matchups by just a few points and I really could have used a little more. The problem with Cooks is that the entire Los Angeles Rams offense seems stuck right now. The Rams had only 78 passing yards versus the 49ers despite 24 attempts. But I beg of you, do not drop Cooks. The Rams face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7, a team that continues to hemorrhage points to WRs.

Image Credit: Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Joe Mixon.

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