After a week that saw the Detroit Lions earn their first victory in nearly a year, another 30-plus-point shutout suffered by the Houston Texans, and a two-point conversion blunder by the Baltimore Ravens, we have begun to close the book on Week 13 as we head into a star-studded Monday Night Football showdown between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.
Whether you’re on the outside looking in or the lead dog for your league’s playoff picture, you can never settle. Improving your roster should always remain at the forefront of your mind, no matter how good you think your team is. Consistency is king, and if you find yourself with any of the below names currently rostered, feel free to set them loose as you eye greener pastures moving into the tail end of your campaign.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
If you plucked Newton from the waiver wire in hopes he could add some much-needed points due to his rushing ability, Week 11 against Washington saw you reap your rewards. But, it’s not something to expect moving forward, as we saw against the Dolphins where Newton totaled just 6.1 fantasy points. He’s not the same Newton who began his career with Carolina, and his upside moving forward remains low compared to the potential options available in Taylor Heinicke and Teddy Bridgewater.
Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills
Heading into MNF, Moss remains on the outside looking into a crowded Bills backfield. A healthy scratch in Week 12, Moss’ workload has taken a major hit since the first month of the season that saw him amass double-digit fantasy points totals in five of his first six appearances. Currently behind the likes of Devin Singletary and Matt Breida for touches, Moss is out of Sean McDermott’s rotation and his future in Buffalo remains up in the air.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Bateman could challenge Mark Andrews for total targets moving into next year, but for now, he’s safe to drop. With Andrews and Marquise Brown the headliners for Baltimore’s aerial attack, while it’s nice to see Bateman healthy, the workload just isn’t there right now. A breakout candidate next fall, I’m excited to see Bateman improve and work back to 100% this offseason. He has the chance to become a big-time threat on the perimeter.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team
The shuffle at tight end continues for the burgundy and gold as Thomas reportedly tore his ACL and MCL in Washington’s win over the Raiders. One of the league’s best stories, Thomas, a former college quarterback, has seen his season end before he really ever established himself. Absent in Weeks 5-11, when healthy, he’s become one of the league’s premier in-line threats, but for now, he’s safe to move on from. Look for Ricky Seals-Jones and first-year talent John Bates to step in with Thomas out.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
If you spent a top-two selection on McCaffrey or Saquon Barkley this fall, I’m sorry. Fantasy’s RB29, whose season is over due to an ankle injury, McCaffrey appeared in just seven games this year (after three in 2020), and his injury history has to be worrisome moving into future campaigns from a fantasy perspective. One of the league’s premier offensive weapons when available, McCaffrey was excellent when in uniform, but concerns surrounding his longevity have to be raised for general manager Scott Fitterer.