Fantasy Outlooks: Should you cut Will Fuller, Sammy Watkins, and Myles Gaskin?

Which players should you cut from your fantasy rosters? Let's take a look at the fantasy outlooks of several underwhelming players.

If you’re not continually upgrading your fantasy football roster, you’re not maximizing your probability of success. In most leagues, some of us are holding onto players we have no business holding onto. It’s time to cut bait to make room for someone better. Let’s take a look at the fantasy outlooks of a few underperforming players and examine whether you should cut them from your fantasy rosters.

Which fantasy football RBs should you cut in Week 5?

Two running backs stand out as obvious cut candidates.

Ty’Son Williams, Baltimore Ravens

In Week 1, Ty’Son Williams delivered what might have been the greatest NFL debut by a recently promoted fourth-string running back. We all know the story of Baltimore’s backfield, which transformed from deep to shallow — and from talented to questionable — in a matter of days leading up to the start of the season.

But although Williams looked the part from a statistical standpoint, Ravens coaches clearly see the 31-year-old Latavius Murray as the better option. Last week, Murray slogged for 59 yards on 18 carries while the more mobile Williams was inactive. With Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell potentially looming, it’s hard to imagine Williams getting another shot at greatness — at least this season.

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins

Myles Gaskin was a consensus preseason RB2 based almost entirely on circumstances that were unlikely to be replicated this season. In 2020, Salvon Ahmed battled injuries. Miami’s receiving corps was largely lacking. And the backfield consisted of guys like Jordan Howard, Patrick Laird, and DeAndre Washington. So of course Gaskin stepped up.

This year is different on a number of levels, including a tougher schedule that has found Miami frequently playing from behind. The recent usage rise of Malcolm Brown — as well as Ahmed’s continued presence — make Gaskin deeply overvalued in leagues that still believe he’s the lead back. This is essentially a running-back-by-committee backfield. You could hold out hope for Gaskin to return to bell-cow status, or you could bail now for a much-needed plug-in at RB or another position.

Fantasy WRs to cut in Week 5

A Dolphin and a Raven also populate our list of cuttable WRs.

Will Fuller, Miami Dolphins

This offseason, the oft-injured Will Fuller signed a one-year prove-it deal with Miami. He was supposed to improve a passing attack that last year ranked 21st in yards and 22nd in TDs. Instead, he has picked up where he left off in Houston.

Fuller has missed 37% of NFL games since being drafted in the first round of 2016. The veteran receiver was suspended for the first week of the 2021 campaign. Then, he missed Week 2 with a personal issue. Now, he’s set to be sidelined for at least three weeks after being placed on injured reserve with a broken finger.

When he’s the No. 1, Fuller can get it done. But even when healthy, he’s competing for targets with ascending rookie Jaylen Waddle, continually underrated tight end Mike Gesicki, and the perennially underappreciated DeVante Parker. Subpar QB play only exacerbates the situation. With Fuller now out for the time being, it’s better to cut him loose and add a lottery ticket RB handcuff than to hold on and hope he gives you a few WR2/3 performances.

Sammy Watkins, Baltimore Ravens

I publicly pushed Sammy Watkins in August as a must-draft wideout despite a seemingly undraftable WR80 ADP. Why? Because the Ravens had been decimated by injuries to their backfield and their receiving corps.

Baltimore’s RB corps has been patched up (barely). Meanwhile, first-round rookie WR Rashod Bateman is poised to return soon. He’ll bolster a pass-catching unit dominated by Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews.

Bateman will spell trouble for Watkins, who has earned 7-8 targets each game while netting double-digit fantasy points twice. His upside will take a hit in a more crowded corps, as Bateman has the talent to eventually challenge Brown for No. 1 status. Watkins has been giving desperate fantasy managers a decent weekly flex dart throw. That run is about to end.

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