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The Week 12 Do Not Cut List

The fantasy playoffs are so close I can almost taste them … well at least in a couple of my leagues. This is the time of year where you need to be very aware of how you are using your bench to maximize your probability of success. Once again I went to twitter to see which players people are dropping. Here are a few that I would advise holding. But, before we dive in …

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.

David Johnson

If you are rostering David Johnson I know it’s been tough. I have him in 20% of my leagues and it is no fun. However, the reason for his relegation is primarily injury-related. Johnson, when healthy, has been a reliable starting-caliber running back in the NFL, even elite at times. If you believe in rostering high-upside handcuffs, do not cut him. Johnson’s year started out strong, as seen in this graphic from the Roto Viz NFL Stat Explorer. Even if this is Kenyon Drake’s backfield, Johnson could enter the fray again before season’s end.

Ronald Jones

Call me a truther, call me naive, call me anything you like, but I won’t quit Ronald Jones. I was devastated by the performance this week. I have more Jones shares than anyone out there, and he has been featured in this column numerous times. I have graciously moved on from O.J. Howard, so I am capable of changing my mind. A little context for this stinker though: New Orleans entered the week as the third most difficult RB matchup in fantasy. The Saints also jumped out to a big lead early. The Bucs managed only 11 yards on their first three possessions. The game ended with a 14-minute time-of-possession difference in the Saints favor, despite them returning a pick for a touchdown. Jones is not game-script proof, and that is a problem, but not one which should result in a cut — perhaps only a benching in games you think could get out of hand. For me, well, hell, I will feel comfortable starting him as an RB2 or Flex option in at least two or three more matchups as indicated in the Strength of Schedule app. Atlanta and Detroit are surefire starts for me, and Jacksonville just gave up 100-yard games to two different Colts backs.

Royce Freeman

Look, I get it, Royce Freeman is on this list for good reason. He has done little to help you win, and it is frustrating. He has only had one week where he finished as an RB1 and three as an RB2. So 60% of the time he has not produced what you were hoping for. However, the Denver Broncos’ upcoming schedule is super juicy. Four out of five are positive RB matchups, including Kansas City and Detroit in the playoffs. If something were to happen to Phillip Lindsay Freeman would become extremely exciting. Even as it stands, Freeman has seen the majority of the RB snaps in Denver. He has been used more frequently in the red-zone and still provides Flex value with all these good upcoming matchups.


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