Fantasy Football Cut List Week 12: Christian Watson, Quentin Johnston, and Mark Andrews Can Be Dropped

As we head into Week 12 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 12 fantasy football cut list?

Who Should You Cut in Fantasy Football for Week 12?

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.

Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks (73% Rostered)

Just two short weeks ago, Geno Smith was my QB start of the week. Naturally, it was matchup related. However, Smith has certainly fallen well short of being an every-week QB1 this season.

He may have put up 24 fantasy points in Week 10 against the worst pass defense in the NFL, but aside from that, Smith hasn’t really been startable. He has just two games over 16 fantasy points all season, and outside of Week 10, he hasn’t hit 16 points since Week 4.

The Seahawks have a difficult slate of defenses to close out the year. Their next three games are against the 49ers, Cowboys, and then the 49ers again. As if that’s not enough of a reason to bail on him, Smith is now dealing with an elbow injury that may cost him this Thursday’s game.

You’re not starting him any of the next three weeks. Therefore, you don’t need to hang onto him.

Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers (62% Rostered)

It’s rare you see a player on the cut list the week after he scores a touchdown. But for the third consecutive game, Christian Watson failed to catch more than two passes. And for the fifth consecutive game, he failed to reach 40 receiving yards.

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Watson has been thoroughly outplayed and outproduced by Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, and Dontayvion Wicks on a consistent basis. Sure, Watson is still leading the team in snaps and routes run, but he’s not commanding targets.

There are only six weeks left in the fantasy season. It’s time to accept that this is not Jordan Love’s fault. Doubs and Reed have been startable for several weeks. Watson, meanwhile, has not been startable even once this season. It’s long past time to move on.

Quentin Johnston, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (33% Rostered)

I really don’t know what else to say about Quentin Johnston. He had all the makings of a bust and somehow was exactly who we thought he was.

Even in a game where Mike Williams, Joshua Palmer, and Jalen Guyton all didn’t play, Johnston’s most memorable moment was dropping a wide-open bomb from Justin Herbert in the fourth quarter that would’ve essentially won the game.

Of course, one drop does not render a player droppable in fantasy. This is a culmination of 11 weeks of some of the worst wide receiver play you will ever see.

I have zero hope for Johnston’s career. But all you need to care about is the 2023 season. It’s certainly not happening this year, so use that roster spot on someone else.

Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (99% Rostered)

It’s always sad when players end up on the cut list due to injuries. Mark Andrews obviously would never in a million years find himself here for any other reason.

Andrews suffered a severe lower leg injury on Thursday night. He is done for the season and can be safely dropped.

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