Well. I did it. Had too. In two leagues in which I drafted him in the first round, I cut bait with Trent Richardson this week.
It wasn't easy, but it was probably something I should've done a few weeks ago. Still, the match-up with Tennessee on Thursday night football was too juicy. But after he ceded critical touches (and touchdowns!) to Donald Brown in that one, I knew it was time. There were critical roster spots to be filled in order to make a final push into the playoffs and, more importantly, put myself in the best position to win the tournament once I get there.
Richardson was going to help me do neither. Therefore, he had to go.
Now is the time to start cutting the dead weight from your roster. Draft position doesn't matter anymore. It's all about production.
Among the players you probably spent a high draft pick on that you might consider cutting if they are still hanging out on your roster: Darren McFadden, Lamar Miller, Matt Ryan, Mike Wallace and Steve Smith. Obviously, this all depends on whether there is someone worth cutting them for on your waiver wire, and the depth and rules of your league. For example, you're not cutting Ryan in a 10-team two-quarterback league, but in a standard 12-teamer, you can probably let him go.
If you're not sure about a player, ask yourself: Would I pick him up if he were on someone else's team and they cut him? If the answer is yes, keep him. If the answer is probably not, make the cut.