Week 5 Fantasy Football Trade Targets: Week 4, you’ve come and gone. You left some with a bad taste in their mouth; you’ve left others feeling omnipotent. Let’s get back to business and make you the winners you should all strive to be, with our latest sell-high, buy-low advice.
[Also See: Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap]
Amari Cooper (WR, OAK)
Amari Cooper for the second time in 3 games went for over 100 yards and added his first score of the season. Gruden claimed at the beginning of the season that he wanted to find a way to get Amari the ball more. While I do think Cooper is a solid WR2, I also think he is going to have many clunkers along the way. Gruden loves the run game and consistently sticks with it. I think Cooper can buy you a more consistent WR2. Try to trade straight up for a Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, or even Alshon Jeffery moving forward.
Geronimo Allison (WR, GB)
Geronimo Allison has been a steady flex and WR3 for the Packers this season. He was peppered with 11 targets, catching 6 for 80 yards in a win against the Bills. Allison has been a hot commodity pick up off of the waiver wire and with a good performance today, especially in PPR leagues, now is the time to cash in on his production. The fact of the matter is Randall Cobb will be back in the lineup and Aaron Rodgers has always found a way to get him the ball. Try to get a solid flex for Geronimo while he is still desirable.
Corey Davis (WR, TEN)
What a day for Corey Davis: 161 yards and his first career TD. Davis is in the same boat as Cooper. While I don’t think they are going to be flat-out busts by any means, I do believe they’ll put up more bad games than your average WR2. The main reason I don’t trust Davis has more to do with the Titans offense and signal caller Marcus Mariota. For one, Mariota tends to have a hard time staying on the field, and Mariota tends to get rattled quite easily. I also believe that moving forward the Titans will be heavily invested in their run game with the lack of other offensive weapons at the WR position. Davis will have the 3rd hardest SOS moving forward for receivers. Again, try to get a more consistent in a better offense. (P.S. I am all in on Alshon Jeffery).
Jordan Howard (RB, CHI)
Jordan Howard is an unusual case, here. During Weeks 1-3 it looked as if Chicago wanted to use him as not only its workhorse, early-down back but also as a dual-threat receiving back. After carry totals of 15, 14, and 24, along with a total of 10 receptions and 78 yards in the first 3 weeks, the Bears decided to go in a different direction. Then there’s Tarik Cohen, who out-carried Howard 13-11, and had double the yards on the ground. Add that in with his 7 receptions for 121 yards and a score, compared to Howard’s goose egg across the board, and it seems the Bears may be back to giving Cohen at the least his passing down role back.
Call it a hunch but I do believe Chicago is going to become a more pass-heavy team with Mitch Trubisky looking to be more capable and efficient with his deep passes. Of course, this strong Bears defense will allow for Howard to be on the field more, and in general I do believe Da Bears are turning a new leaf. Expect more of the Trubisky-Cohen law firm and less of the Jordan Howard experience. Sell him now before his value depletes any further.
Sterling Shepard (WR, NYG)
Sterling Shepard finally showed is WR2 ability over the last two weeks. Shepard compiled 10 receptions, 77 yards and 1 TD in Week 4. There is only one problem: it was a predictable game for him to have. Shepard has benefited from the loss of Evan Engram and moved back into the third option for the Giants behind Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. Eli Manning is not the same QB he once was and it’s showing every game. Manning has yet to eclipse 300 yards and has been missing his WRs on easy throws. Cash in on Shepard’s two good performances before he goes Swayze and ghosts your team. The Giants will be a run-first team with majority share of the air game going to OBJ. Simply put, Shepard will have more bad games than good.
Leonard Fournette (RB, JAX)
The injury bug seems to consistently hit Leonard Fournette. The obvious reason is the over usage in the first half. Besides the obvious possibility of Fournette missing a few weeks, now is the time to make the move to a desperate Fournette owner, but this really only makes sense for two kinds of people: Those who are struggling to win and own Leonard and those of who lack RB depth but can wait out the injury. Fournette is still an extremely gifted runner with workhorse ability. Reach out to the Fournette owners who seem to be drowning and gasping for air. Send a package of a low tier WR2 and a Flex RB and wait for the response.
LeSean McCoy (RB, BUF)
It’s been an abysmal year for the Buffalo Bills and LeSean McCoy. In three games played, McCoy has yet to receive double-digit carries or more than 4 receptions. Simply put, the Bills are not allowing McCoy to be the workhorse of the past. Most of this has to do with the Bills being consistently down by a boatload of points. McCoy is no longer an every week RB1, but he can most certainly obtain RB2 numbers. McCoy’s value is going to be at its lowest point that it has ever been this coming week. Look to trade a stand out Flex player to obtain McCoy, as I expect his workload to increase in the coming weeks, especially against his next 3 opponents.
Doug Baldwin (WR, SEA)
Seattle’s offense has not been on the same page mainly because Russell Wilson has been missing his favorite go-to target, you guessed it, Doug Baldwin. Baldwin looked pretty good in his return to action hauling in 5 catches for 41 yards. This is all after two weeks of injury and being less than 100 percent. Baldwin owners may be impatient with the Seahawks go-to WR at this point. Reach out to them and buy low. When healthy, Baldwin is a top 15 fantasy WR.
Matt Breida (RB, SF)
As crazy as this might sound, Matt Breida is going to be easy to buy. Breida’s value took a hit with Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury. It took even more of a hit when he only accumulated 9 carries for 39 yards against the Chargers. Luckily, he added 3 receptions for another 32 yards. It was surprising to see the 49ers get into a shootout with Phillip Rivers and the Chargers. Luckily for Breida and the 49ers, they have the 5th easiest SOS for RBs. Expect San Francisco to be extremely active and efficient on the ground moving forward. Breida should be considered an RB2 the ROS.
Chester Rogers (WR, IND)
Chester Rogers is a name that should be on everyone’s radar. This is not so much a buy-low as a go out and gets Rogers from the waiver wire. Andrew Luck has a short turn around versus the Patriots on Thursday and will most likely be without his No. 1 target T.Y. Hilton. Rogers has showed a real connection with Luck and with basically no one to pass the ball to outside of Eric Ebron and at some point Jack Doyle, now is the time to get him at his best price: free!
RECAP STATS OF LAST WEEK’S CANDIDATES:
Adrian Peterson – DNP, Bye Week
Chris Carson – DNP, Injury
Calvin Ridley – 4 Receptions, 54 Yards, 2 TDs
Isaiah Crowell – 4 carries, 0 Yards. 1 Reception, 3 Yards 0 TDs
Kerryon Johnson – 9 Carries 55 Yards, 1 TD. 1 Reception, 1 Yard
Dion Lewis – 4 Carries, 0 Yards. 9 Receptions, 66 Yards, 0 TDs
Derrick Henry – 8 Carries, 24 Yards. 2 Receptions, 7 Yards 0 TDs
Sony Michel – 25 Carries 112 Yards, 1 TD
Chris Godwin – 2 Receptions, 22 Yards, 0 TDs
Jack Doyle – DNP, Injury