Week 6 Fantasy Football Trade Targets: This is it: Week 6. This is where the playoff teams separate and the bottom teams dissipate. Now is the time to make the move that stretches you to that three-game lead in your division or turns your season around. Here are my 10 targets to buy and sell. Good Luck!
Jordy Nelson (WR, OAK)
Jordy, Jordy, Jordy! Yes, this is indeed a Brady Bunch reference. Jordy Nelson has found the pay dirt in three consecutive weeks, putting up double-digit scoring. Unfortunately for Nelson owners, you should expect a regress in the TD department. Jordy has only had one game over 48 receiving yards and has been saved by the TD. The Raiders offense has Marshawn Lynch, Amari Cooper, Martavis Bryant, and Jared Cook all fending for touches. You should expect more bad days than good for Jordy moving forward; trade him for a more valuable and consistent flex player.
Keke Coutee (WR, HOU)
Keke Coutee has been a nice addition to the Houston offense and its clear the Deshaun Watson isn’t afraid to throw to him in crucial moments of the game. My issue with Coutee is the amount of other weapons on the offense. It is clear that DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are the one–two punch on this team’s offense. While Coutee has out-targeted Fuller, I believe that has to do more with the two defenses’ (Colts and Cowboys) weak coverage of slot WRs. Throw in D’Onte Foreman’s return from the PUP list and you add another element going against Coutee. Try to trade Coutee before he comes back down to earth.
Patrick Mahomes (QB, KC)
I try to stay away from including QBs in these articles, as they tend to yield little value in trades. The simple fact of the matter is Patrick Mahomes at this moment can bring you a WR1 talent in a package deal. Mahomes has been able to muster up 300+ yards in all but one week and in Weeks 1-3 was able to throw for 13 TDs. His last two games he has combined for 1 passing TD and 2 INTs with rushing TDs that saved his fantasy day versus Denver and Jacksonville. Mahomes has the 7th hardest SOS for the rest of the season. With the colder weather coming, better defensive competition, and more weeks for opposing teams to slow him down, I expect Mahomes’ production to drop off. While I think he will finish as a top 5 QB, I think you will be able to find a WR1 that will go a long way while adding a top 10 QB to start moving forward.
Carlos Hyde (RB, CLE)
Carlos Hyde has proven his workhorse ability. The only issue is he isn’t very effective with his opportunities. Hyde is only averaging 3.5 YPC, which is 37th among qualifying RBs. Hyde is also extremely TD dependent. Cleveland’s schedule is by no means a daunting one for Hyde, but a few factors play into his obvious TD regression. Reason one is the ability for Baker Mayfield to make plays with his arm. Mayfield is a much more dynamic playmaker and passer than Tyrod Taylor and Cleveland will look to add more passing, especially in the red zone, as Mayfield gets more and more comfortable. The second reason is the inevitable touches that will be given to Nick Chubb. Eventually, Hue Jackson will have to see what he has in his young RB this season. I predict Chubb to eat into Hyde’s work load going forward. Expect Chubb to see 6-10 carries a game, which will cause Hyde’s production to drastically drop. Sell now before it’s too late.
Tyreek Hill (WR, KC)
Tyreek Hill is the Swiss Army knife of the NFL. He can lineup at WR, RB, and is already one of the best kick returners in the history of the NFL. So why should you sell high on Hill? Inconsistency. While Hill has averaged over 50 yards in each game this season he hasn’t scored a TD since Week 2. We all love his big play ability, but it is more of a risk as we get deeper into the season. Simply put, fantasy relies on consistency. Since Week 2, Hill has put up points of 5, 5, and 8 in non-PPR and 6, 10, 10, in half-point PPR. There are just more consistent options available. The big play ability and excitement of the Chiefs offense alone can get you a better option for your WR1 in a trade for Hill.
Nyheim Hines (RB, IND)
In the last two weeks, Nyheim Hines has combined for 19 carries, 55 yards and 0 rushing TDs. So why is he in the buy low category? It’s pretty simple: he has had 16 receptions 108 Yards and 2 TDs in that same time span. Indy is clearly trying to find ways to get this young man the ball. Even with Marlon Mack back in the fold, expect the Colts to rely heavily on Hines in the passing game.
Tyler Lockett (WR, SEA)
Tyler Lockett is by no means someone you are going to break the bank for, but his ability to find the end zone is a big factor in his flex appeal. Unlike Jordy Nelson, Lockett is bunched into a lackluster receiver core focused around a partially healthy Doug Baldwin. While I do believe Baldwin will find his footing sooner rather than later, we cannot dismiss the connection Russell Wilson has had with Lockett, who has had over 50 yards and a touchdown in 4 of 5 games this season. Trade for Lockett and plant him in as a flex play with higher upside in PPR leagues.
Marshawn Lynch (RB, OAK)
Week 5 was Marshawn Lynch’s worst outing of the season with 9 carries for 31 yards. The good news here is fantasy owners are going to panic. As we get into the make or break games, teams are going to look to dump RBs who have a bad game or two. The even better news is the Raiders have the 3rd easiest SOS for RBs. After witnessing Derek Carr throw a 1-yard INT, you better believe Coach Gruden will be handing the ball off to Lynch at every goal-line opportunity. Lynch will still get 16-20 carries a game regardless of game flow, so find a way to trade for Lynch even after his worst game of the season.
Aaron Jones (RB, GB)
It is extremely frustrating to watch Mike McCarthy waste Aaron Jones’ talent in this Packers offense. Since returning to the field, Jones has averaged over 6 YPC compared to Jamaal Williams’ 3.7. Eventually, you have to believe Mike McCarthy will come to his senses and start the talented, young dual-threat back. In fact, just a week ago, Aaron Rodgers spoke out, stating his belief of needing the dynamic Jones on the field more. You need to trade for Jones before his breakout week forces McCarthy to start him as a three-down back. With enough volume, Jones is a high-end RB2 with RB1 ability.
D’Onta Foreman (RB, HOU)
As Chester Rogers was last week, this buy-low is basically a freebee. Foreman should be stashed in all league formats, as he’s due to return from the PUP list in early November. Be advised that Foreman is coming off an Achilles tear, which is an extremely difficult injury to return from in full. The upside here is Foreman is only 22 years old and the Texans have done everything they could to make sure he does not come back too early. On another bright note, it has been reported that Foreman has had no set backs on his way to recovery. If he can show the explosiveness he had before his injury last season, there is no doubt he will be the lead RB for the Texans for the remainder of the season.
RECAP STATS OF LAST WEEKS CANDIDATES:
Amari Cooper – 1 Reception, 10 Yards, 0 TDs
Geronimo Allison – DNP, Injury
Corey Davis – 4 Receptions, 49 Yards, 0 TDs
Sterling Shepard – 4 Receptions, 75 Yards, 0 TDs
Jordan Howard – DNP, BYE Week
Leonard Fournette – DNP, Injury
LeSean McCoy – 24 Carries 85 Yards, 0 TDs; 2 Receptions, 23 Yards, 0 TDS
Doug Baldwin – 1 Reception, 1 Yard, 0 TDs
Matt Breida – 8 Carries, 56 Yards; 1 Reception, 5 Yards, 1 TD (left injured)
Chester Rogers – 8 Receptions, 66 Yards, 0 TD