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The Week 8 Do Not Cut List

Week 7 was not quite the week I had hoped for. Sure, Joe Mixon scored, but he also only had four total yards on 11 touches. Meanwhile, Brandin Cooks saw seven targets but only converted them into four receptions for 59 yards.

I am still recommending you hold these players, Mixon somehow falls a bit in a week where he scored a touchdown, but he is still a flex play in most leagues. Cooks has yet another favorable matchup versus Cincinnati this week and remains a high ceiling WR2 this week.

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. 
  • 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.

Tight Ends

I rarely have instituted an early-round tight end draft strategy. I typically rely on waiting and grabbing a mid to late-round guy, but not this year. In many of my leagues, TE fell past where I thought they would, so I ended up with a lot of the pre-season top five TE. I have some Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and O.J. Howard ended up as my TE in over a quarter of my leagues. It has not been great. 

While I have mentioned Howard as a Do Not Cut List player many weeks, he no longer is on this list. You can cut him (I haven’t yet, but I also have not started him in a long time. The others, however, are still worthy starts and holds. However, next year, I will probably return to my old ways and avoid early-round picks on TE.

Currently Injured Options

Chris Thompson (PPR Formats only)

The slop fest in D.C. would not be an ideal spot for Thompson to try to get back to, and it is still unknown if he will suit up this week. However, Thompson has finished every game as an RB2 or RB3 in PPR formats. The majority of Thompson’s remaining games are in favorable matchups for RBs. Here is the remaining strength of schedule per RotoViz’s App

Christian Kirk

Kirk has not seen any game action since Week 4, and his return for Week 8 is no certainty. However, Kirk remains a priority stash candidate for me. His ownership has begun to slip with the prolonged absence, but when he does return, the sky’s the limit. While three of his next four matchups are difficult, with New Orleans and two tilts against the 49ers, the schedule shapes up nicely for the stretch run.

Furthermore, the Cardinals offense has become more productive over the past few weeks. In fact, in the last three weeks, it is fifth in scoring, eighth in total yards, averaging more than 400 in those contests. Kyler Murray was targeting Kirk frequently, and his re-emergence from injury will lead to great production.

Josh Gordon

I had written a nice piece on Gordon and why he should be kept, but that was before Mohamed Sanu was traded to the Patriots. I will likely be forced to drop Gordon in a 10-team league where I have been riddled with injuries. If you have room you can keep him, but don’t feel obligated. This will be a complicated mess going forward.

Handcuff Running Backs

Each season we see star RBs lose time to injuries and capable backups take the reins and often produce elite fantasy performances. Just this week, we watched Chase Edmonds put up 35 in PPR scoring, and Latavius Murray scored 32. Not only should you not cut the hand-cuff to the RB you have, but check to make sure these RBs are rostered. 

  • Alexander Mattison
  • Tony Pollard
  • Malcolm Brown (injured now, but should retain the role when healthy)
  • Benny Snell
  • Gus Edwards 

For a more in-depth look into every team’s backfield, stay tuned for the Zero RB Watch List.

Image Credit: Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Christian Kirk.


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