Roster management is the single most crucial in-season task for fantasy football players. Just as important as adding the right players is knowing when players need to go. Which players find themselves on our Week 12 fantasy football cut list?
Note: All roster percentages are from Yahoo.
Who Should You Cut in Fantasy Football in Week 12?
Russell Wilson, QB, Denver Broncos (73% Rostered)
I put Russell Wilson on last week’s cut list, and his roster percentage increased by 5%! What’s going on?
On a serious note, I do get it. Wilson was facing a laughably bad Raiders pass defense that had yet to hold a quarterback to under 17 fantasy points. Yet, Wilson was bad enough on Sunday to end that streak.
Somehow, Wilson couldn’t throw a touchdown against a team that had allowed 17 of them through nine games.
Wilson has just one QB1 finish on the season, which coincided with his only multi-touchdown pass game. He’s reverse matchup-proof, meaning there is no matchup good enough to the point where he can produce. Drop him.
AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers (81% Rostered)
Another player who is reverse matchup-proof is AJ Dillon. There is no conceivable situation — including an Aaron Jones injury — where I would be confident starting Dillon.
The man I once thought would overtake Jones in this backfield extended his single-digit fantasy points streak to 10 games on Thursday. Dillon carried the ball six times for 13 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards. I should’ve recommended the lower on both Green Bay running backs’ rushing yards on Underdog Fantasy last week, instead of just Jones. Dillon also still hasn’t scored since Week 1.
At this point, I know no one is starting Dillon. So, here’s the question I pose to you, my fellow fantasy gamer. Why is Dillon on 81% of rosters, but Alexander Mattison on just 37%? They’re the same type of asset — a pure handcuff with no possibility of standalone value.
Except Mattison is a proven elite RB1 when Dalvin Cook misses. Dillon has proven nothing. It is long past time to let him go.
Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, Los Angeles Rams (64% Rostered)
The roster percentage continues to trend downward for Darrell Henderson Jr. Let’s keep it going.
The Rams are the epitome of a dead team. They lost their elite WR1 in Cooper Kupp, and now, Matthew Stafford just suffered his second concussion in three weeks. It’s entirely possible the Rams pack it in and just shut everyone down.
This is a team that is not going to be scoring many points. Henderson has reached double-digit fantasy points four times this season. Only one of those instances came without a touchdown.
I’m not quite sure why Henderson played only 6% of the snaps last week. But it’s not like he was productive when he was playing 50-60% of the snaps. With their season over, the Rams have every incentive to give rookie Kyren Williams more burn to see what they have.
As we’ve seen for four seasons now, Los Angeles really doesn’t want Henderson to be their guy. He shouldn’t be your guy, either.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Denver Broncos (37% Rostered)
I get plenty correct every year, and you will all certainly hear about it after the season. However, Chase Edmonds has to go down as one of my biggest misses of all time.
A fresh start in Denver has made no difference for Edmonds. He played just three snaps on Sunday before going down with a high ankle sprain. Edmonds may not play again this season, or he could return in 4-6 weeks. Either way, that 37% should legitimately be 0%.
Chase Claypool, WR, Chicago Bears (62% Rostered)
I was truly taken aback when I saw Chase Claypool’s roster rate; 62%! Holy words, I can’t say here!
Since joining the Bears, Claypool has yet to crest a 50% snap share. He’s averaging 3.6 targets per game and has yet to catch more than two passes for more than 13 yards in a game.
Justin Fields may be lighting up the fantasy scoreboard, but he’s still not throwing much. He attempted just 21 passes last week and 20 the week before. When he does throw, it’s largely to Darnell Mooney or Cole Kmet. There is no room for a third man. Claypool has no upside and no fantasy value. Drop him.