The Trade Report – Week 6 Buys and Sells
Week 6 brings us to a heavy slate of bye weeks. Owners will be without the services of many valuable fantasy players like Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and the Detroit receivers. Bye weeks are what separate the real fantasy players and the amateurs. Before even more bye’s hit your team, I’ll try and get you more prepared to navigate these tricky waters.
- David Njoku(Cle): Most of the Cleveland offense has gotten a bump due to the switch to Baker Mayfield. While it hasn’t paid immediate dividends, Njoku and Mayfield’s relationship has only grown stronger. In the 3 games, Tyrod Taylor has started, Njoku has averaged 5.33 targets and 3 catches per game. Since Baker has been starting, those numbers have sky-rocketed to 9 targets and 5.5 catches per game. Baker’s stock is rising, I’m buying Njoku before his stock catches up.
- Dalvin Cook(Minn): Dalvin Cook owners are certainly frustrated by now. They probably used a 2nd round pick on him and he hasn’t even given them 2 good games yet. Now is your time to buy. Cook has battled injuries but he’s finally healthy. The Minnesota offense has been humming, despite playing talented defenses like LA and Philadelphia. Murray hasn’t stepped up that well in Cook’s absence which tells the Minnesota coaching staff that they need Cook back. The seat is empty and waiting for Cook to hit the group running. His price will never be lower.
- LeSean McCoy(Buff): This may seem like a puzzling buy. At the start of the season, I encouraged everyone to sell Shady. As the only option in a very offensively-challenged Buffalo attack, I didn’t think Shady had any chance of having much fantasy success this year. However, that’s IF he stays in Buffalo. As an aging running back on a rebuilding team, Shady is the perfect candidate to be traded to a contender. If that happens, his value will sky-rocket. Reports have already surfaced that Philadelphia is interested in bringing McCoy back, after losing Ajayi for the year. If a contender gets a hold of the savvy vet, McCoy could end up turning into a high-end RB2 option. I’d buy now, while his price-tag is so low.
- Kenyan Drake(Mia): Owners of Drake FINALLY got the game they were hoping for. Drake had almost half of his season total of fantasy points last week. The only problem with last week was the carry count. Frank Gore has been stealing Drake’s work all season. Last week was no exception. Gore continued to out-carry Drake, last week being 12 to 6. Now may seem like a time to reinsert Drake back into your line up, but Gore isn’t going anywhere. Drake will be too risky of a start for the foreseeable future. Sell while there’s a nice bump in his value. It may never be this high again.
- Robby Anderson(NYJ): I’m sure Robby Anderson had a heck of a game…on your bench. Going into week 5, Anderson had only 19.9 PPR points through 4 weeks. He had over 27 last week. While that looks like the beginning of a nice streak, note that Anderson had all those points on only 3 catches. Beware the extremely efficient games. The Jets offense has been sporadic and Quincy Enunwa continues to be Sam Darnold’s favorite target. Enunwa has double the targets of Anderson and that trend doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. “Sell efficiency” are good words to live by in fantasy football and Robby Anderson fits the bill.
- Carson Wentz(Phi): This one is a bit of a Hail Mary. Wentz has been healthy for a few weeks now and most owners are fairly pleased. However, he hasn’t gotten back on the MVP pace he was on last season. Some believe that Wentz will get there, but I disagree. Wentz is getting sacked more often this year. A lot more. His sack% has jumped from 6% to 9%. That will stunt any quarterback’s progress through the season, and Wentz is no exception. I’m not saying Wentz will have a bad season, but don’t expect the numbers you were getting last year. The sacks, combined with a very challenging schedule the rest of the season, I would try and sell Wentz to a quarterback needy team.
I hope you enjoyed my article and I hope some of these Buys and Sells help you out. What did you think? Did I miss someone? If you want to let me know where I was wrong or if you’re just looking for free fantasy football advice, you can find me on Twitter @Sam_Wise730 or you could use our company handle @tffgurus. Also, feel free to check out the podcast page @trophytimepod and shoot us a follow. See you next week.