Fantasy football: Should you keep or cut these 7 players ahead of Week 4?

You’re waking up on Tuesday reading all that you can about the players that you should be picking up off the waiver wire as you prepare for Week 4 of fantasy football in 2019.

But it’s likely there aren’t as many things written about who you should be dropping to grab those players. That’s what this weekly column — keep ’em or dump ’em! — will hopefully answer for you: Some help in the debate over who you should keep or drop in order to improve your team.

Week 3 was full of young quarterbacks starting and one major injury to Saquon Barkley, so here are a few names to consider if you want to pick up Barkley’s replacement or those QBs:

1. QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

He’s already out for Week 4, and Kyle Allen is playing well while he’s on the mend. How long will he be out? And how will you get through the bye weeks if you have him on your bench?

I’m going to err on the side of caution here. If you’re desperate for a QB and don’t have anyone else to drop, go ahead and send him to the wire. But when he comes back, he’s surrounded by a good enough supporting cast that even if he’s not the same runner he was, at least he might accrue some passing touchdowns to names like Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel and Greg Olsen. But be ready to drop him if Allen has another good week and the injury info on Newton doesn’t get better after Week 4.

Verdict: Keep him

2. RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He’s received more carries than Ronald Jones (44 to 31) … but Jones has done so much more (5.3 yards per carry to Barber’s 3.7). If you see someone out there on the wire that you want, you can take a risk on dropping Barber, who hasn’t been impressive at all in the past two seasons. But because running backs in timeshares still hold value, you’re stuck. Ugh.

Verdict: Keep him

3. RB Darwin Thompson, Kansas City Chiefs

SIGH. There was SO MUCH HOPE this offseason that he’d emerge as the No. 1 back in Kansas City. But then LeSean McCoy signed. And then when Damien Williams was injured, it was Darrel Williams who had a huge role on Sunday.

Verdict: Dump him

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4. TE David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

He wasn’t that good before he was injured and now he’s on IR. Unless you have an IR spot in your leagues …

Verdict: Dump him

5. TE Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

Yes, tight end is a shallow position. But after seeing what he’s done the first three weeks, I’m more willing to take a flier on some other names — Will Dissly or even Dawson Knox in deep leagues — than to roster him.

Verdict: Dump him

6. RB Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams

He had 11 carries in Week 1, six in Week 2 and three in Week 3. That’s … not good. Todd Gurley has gone 14-16-14 in those weeks.

And yet! I’m going to tell you to keep him on your roster. He’d vault right into a top-10 running back role should Gurley and his worrisome knee sit out. It’s the same with a player like Alexander Mattison. You need to roster some of the top backup running backs. It’s just that simple.

Verdict: Keep him

7. WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers

He was a “keep him” after a Week 1 goose egg, responded with a touchdown in Week 2, and then had just three targets on Sunday. It seems like Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the No. 2 receiver at Lambeau, so …

Verdict: Dump him