Fantasy Football Cut List Week 11: Miles Sanders, Christian Watson, and Kyle Pitts Have Overstayed Their Welcome

As we head into Week 11 of the NFL season, who are the top cut-list candidates that fantasy football managers no longer need on their rosters?

Roster management is the single most crucial in-season task for fantasy football managers. Knowing which players to let go is as important as adding the right guys. Which players find themselves on our Week 11 fantasy football cut list?

Who Should You Cut in Fantasy Football for Week 11?

We are now entering the final playoff push of the fantasy season. Fantasy managers need to be cutting players who are either not going to help them get to the postseason or are not going to help them during it.

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (95% Rostered)

I owe you all an apology. Because Trevor Lawrence is Trevor Lawrence, this is the first time his name has appeared on the cut list all season. That’s on me. He should’ve been here a month ago, if not sooner.

It is now Week 11. Let me throw a few stats at you. Lawrence has exactly two multi-touchdown games. He has just one 300-yard game. And most importantly for fantasy, he has exactly zero 20-point fantasy games.

Do you know how many quarterbacks have at least one game of 20+ fantasy points this season? The answer is 31. That includes names such as Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Tannehill, Mac Jones, and Daniel Jones. This year, 31 quarterbacks have given fantasy managers at least a chance at 20 fantasy points from their QB position. Lawrence is not one of them.

Lawrence finished as the QB31 in Week 10. Only 28 teams were playing. The only reason Lawrence lasted this long on fantasy rosters is because he was this supposed “best prospect since Andrew Luck,” when in reality he was 1) never that good, and 2) has done nowhere near enough in his three years in the NFL to warrant belief that he’s anything more than an average quarterback — certainly not even 1/10 as good as prime Luck.

I know you didn’t need all of that, but I hope you enjoyed this mini-rant. Now go drop Lawrence from your fantasy teams.

Derek Carr, QB, New Orleans Saints (61% Rostered)

I imagine plenty of you out there already planned to drop Derek Carr this week. The injuries notwithstanding, the New Orleans Saints have their bye coming up, and Carr hasn’t been anything more than a streamer.

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Before last week when he got hurt, Carr had scored between 15 and 18.5 fantasy points in five consecutive games. That’s solid production. You can work with that. But he’s not moving the needle.

It may not be as easy to stream as it used to be, but you can stream what Carr provides. You can’t use him on his bye. Thus, he’s certainly not worth hanging onto.

Miles Sanders, RB, Carolina Panthers (66% Rostered)

Given how hard it is to find usable running backs, you don’t have to drop Miles Sanders if you don’t need to. This is more to let you know it’s okay if you do.

Ever since losing the starting job to Chuba Hubbard, Sanders has barely touched the ball. In Week 8, he carried the ball just twice for no gain. In Week 9, he carried the ball six times and saw five targets. In Week 10, he had two carries for negative five yards and caught both of his targets for 15 yards.

Sanders is no longer a key part of an offense that isn’t particularly good to begin with. The only hope for any fantasy value is if Hubbard were to get hurt. And even then, I’m not sure it wouldn’t be a full-blown committee with Raheem Blackshear.

Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers (70% Rostered)

This is Christian Watson’s second straight week on the cut list. His roster percentage only dropped 10% from when I wrote this last week. Given that my threshold for including a player is roughly 40%, that’s nowhere near enough.

The Green Bay Packers have three receivers that play the vast majority of their snaps. Watson is, by far, the worst one.

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Since returning from missing the first three games of the season, here is a quick recap of what Watson has done. In Week 4, he caught two passes for 25 yards but happened to score. In Week 5, had it not been for a broken coverage long reception, he would’ve once again finished with about 30 receiving yards.

I’m not sure what the Packers did over their Week 6 bye, but when they returned, it was clear Watson was no longer part of the offense. Over the past four weeks, Watson has a total of nine receptions. He hasn’t had more than three in a game all season. His highest yardage total is 37. He hasn’t scored.

We are now in Week 11, and Watson has not recorded a single WR3 performance all season. Jayden Reed and Romeo Doubs are vastly superior fantasy assets. Yet, both are rostered in far fewer leagues. Make it make sense.

Better yet, make it right, and let’s see a mass exodus from fantasy rosters for Watson.

Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons (93% Rostered)

I’ve lost track of how many times Kyle Pitts’ name has appeared here. I still don’t understand why he’s on so many rosters. Okay. I do. It’s because his name is Kyle Pitts.

Much like Lawrence, we were told Pitts was the chosen one. Therefore, he must be really good, and it’s only a matter of time. At what point do we just accept that Pitts is just a guy?

On the season, Pitts has scored exactly one touchdown. He’s hit double-digit fantasy points twice. He hasn’t seen more than five targets in a game since Week 6. He’s totaled more than 47 receiving yards twice.

Pitts isn’t the worst tight end ever. But he’s no different than a random streamer. Yet, he’s on over 90% of rosters, while Tyler Conklin, for example, is only on 11%. What’s the difference between Conklin and Pitts? The answer, of course, is nothing.

If you’ve been starting Pitts and need to replace him but don’t know who to drop, just drop him — especially with the Atlanta Falcons on their bye week.

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