In one of my dynasty fantasy football leagues, we have a special rule: if one of the players on your roster gets cut in real life, you need to chug a beer and send a video to the chat. And it never stops being funny. As far as that rule is concerned, yesterday is what we call “Bloody Tuesday” as it’s the day that teams need to cut their final rosters down to 53 players. It’s a sad day when you lose some of your fantasy football sleepers and we, of course, need to update our fantasy football rankings. So let’s take a look at the damage as well as other news and rumors from this year’s “Blood Tuesday”.


Notable Roster Cuts for Fantasy

We may have mentioned these over the last couple days but it makes sense to just list the cuts and then give our thoughts on some of the biggest implications. 

Wheels Up for James Cook?

This offseason, the Bills wanted pass-catching back JD McKissic. In fact, they came to a verbal agreement then McKissic reportedly chose to return to the Washington Commanders instead. The Bills then went out and signed Duke Johnson as a possible third down back then took Dalvin Cook’s younger brother, James Cook, in the second round of the NFL draft this year. Well, the Bills just released Duke Johnson yesterday. So it seems James Cook will have a clear path to those third-down snaps this year in an explosive offense. If he can carve himself out a role, he could certainly be interesting in PPR format.

Kenyan Drake Finds a New Home

Well that didn’t take long. Kenyan Drake was released by the Raiders on Monday and he has reportedly already come to terms a new deal with the Baltimore Ravens. With Gus Edwards on the PUP list, JK Dobbins recovering from a torn ACL, and Tyler Badie released, Drake actually found himself a pretty decent landing spot given the circumstances.

Dameon Pierce Hype Intensifies

If you thought the ADP for Dameon Pierce couldn’t get any higher, just wait to see where he goes now that Marlon Mack has been released. Pierce has been announced the starter and is a virtual lock for early down work. The Texans have one of the lowest over/under win totals in the entire league at 4.5 so they may not have the luxury of running a lot but there are a finite number of starting running backs out there. Rex Burkhead now also becomes a little more interesting as he’s likely to factor in on passing downs as well.  

Dolphins Backfield Clarifies

The Texans and Bills weren’t the only backfields that trimmed down. The Dolphins released Sony Michel earlier this week despite some reports that he was having a pretty decent camp. That narrows down that starting gig to Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert. Given the coaching genius of Mike McDaniel as well as the addition of star tackle Terron Armstead, that could be a juicy spot in terms of fantasy points. Our money is on Chase Edmonds but Raheem Mostert is one of the fastest players in the league, recording an on-field speed of 21.44 MPH this past weekend - the third fastest of any player this preseason.

The Patriots are Terrible at Drafting Pass Catchers

That is all.


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