NFL Cuts 2013: Roster Decisions That Will Affect Your Fantasy League

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16:   Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As teams trim their rosters to 53 players, cuts mostly consist of fringe guys struggling to make a squad. However, a few notable moves will affect fantasy football leagues across the country. 

In some cases, a team waived a key player who was considered a possible option. In other circumstances, a released role player creates an increased opportunity for someone else.

While there are more announcements to be made, these transactions are the most noteworthy events to affect this season in fantasy football.


Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

In one of the more surprising cuts of the day, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a huge gamble by releasing Jonathan Dwyer, according to Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.

The young running back has struggled in the preseason, but he was a healthy option at a position without too many alternatives. Both Le'Veon Bell and Isaac Redman have missed time this preseason due to injuries.

Still, this release should take him off fantasy teams across the country, even if he finds another team before the start of the season. According to ESPN, he is currently owned in 59.5 percent of leagues.

However, this also makes Felix Jones a viable late-round option in deep leagues. He has looked good in the preseason and should have an opportunity to make an impact in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. If he does well, there is every reason that he can continue to get touches throughout the year.

Over the course of the season, Bell is still the running back you want on this team. Redman could be a useful starter in the first few games in the meantime as well. Still, everyone should keep an eye on the talented yet underperforming Jones for at least the first few weeks.


Austin Collie, WR, San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have a deep roster full of talent but have plenty of question marks at wide receiver. Still, the team made an interesting call by cutting former Indianapolis Colts receiver Austin Collie, according to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee:

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area also reports that receivers Chad Hall, Lavelle Hawkins and Kassim Osgood failed to make the team.

This leaves only a small group of players available to catch passes from Colin Kaepernick this season, at least until Michael Crabtree returns from his Achilles injury

Anquan Boldin is by far the most experienced player at the position and could end up being a legitimate fantasy starter due to what will likely be a high number of targets. However, an interesting sleeper who could be available late in drafts or even the waiver wire is Quinton Patton.

The rookie has displayed a lot of talent in the preseason and will have a chance to get on the field with few established players on the roster. Kyle Williams, Marlon Moore and Jon Baldwin each have potential, but Patton could be the best of the group. 

Do not go overboard in fantasy drafts, but he could be a deep sleeper who pans out this season.


Tim Tebow, QB, New England Patriots

Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the news that shook the league:

Of course, this is not much of a surprise as Tim Tebow was likely only going to be a backup quarterback to begin with. Still, the reason you should care from a fantasy perspective is that this finally gets rid of the insane notion that he was going to contribute at tight end this year.

This comes just one day after tight ends Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells were also cut, according to Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe

As a result, fantasy owners should feel free to go hard after rookie Zach Sudfeld, who is certain to have a big role going forward. He has been solid in the preseason and is the team's best option for the position with Rob Gronkowski less than 100 percent.

Even if Gronkowski plays in Week 1, Sudfeld will have a role on the offense throughout the season and will remain fantasy relevant.


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