Trade Targets for Week 5 (Fantasy Football)
We are now entering Week 5 of the NFL season, and teams will be feeling good, feeling bad, or somewhere in the middle. When looking for trade targets, consider sending offers to the teams struggling to win and try to profit from their panic. In this article, we will discuss a specific player in mind that fits those criteria, but there are many more out there. You have to work hard and find the right situation to target, and you should go after some of the players listed below!
Players to Trade For
While Davante Adams is the unquestioned top wide receiver for the Raiders, Jakobi Meyers has also been a big part of the offense. In the two games he has played with Jimmy Garoppolo, Meyers had at least ten targets and 80 receiving yards. Jimmy G missed Week 4, and in this game, he only caught two of four targets for 33 yards. Since Meyers is now coming off of a disappointing game and is likely still under the radar, I recommend targeting him in trades. Per FantasyPoints data, Meyers has a 23.9% target share, 21st in the NFL. While a three-game sample size isn’t something you should go all-in on, Meyers is the WR13 in points per game in half-point PPR scoring. He should be a solid addition to your squad as a top-24 receiver for the rest of the season.
This article typically has a pattern of chasing volume when looking for trade targets. Michael Pittman has been heavily targeted and, per FantasyPoints data, is currently 11th in the NFL in target share (27%). Pittman has three games of over ten targets but has only scored one touchdown on the season. Anthony Richardson has proven that he can play, and while he may have accuracy issues, he can move the offense, and the Colts will have plenty of scoring opportunities. I had many hesitations when considering drafting Pittman this season, but he has exceeded expectations and will continue throughout this season.
I didn’t think that I would be writing about Ja’Marr Chase as a buy-low option, but I’ve spoken to many people who drafted him second overall in their fantasy draft and are panicking. Chase may have a buy window if the team that rosters them is struggling to win games. He is still an elite fantasy asset, even though he is the current WR28 in half-point PPR leagues. Everyone knows Joe Burrow is not his usual self, whether that’s injury-related or otherwise, which also impacts other fantasy assets on the prolific Bengals’ offense. Chase is still heavily involved, finishing with at least eight targets in each game. He has yet to score a touchdown this season, but Burrow will figure it out, and we’ll get back to Chase being a consistently dominant fantasy asset.
Players to Trade Away
Right now is the perfect time to ship off DJ Moore from your team if you want to part ways with offensive pieces tied to the Bears’ offense. He has caught touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and is coming off a WR7 overall finish against the Broncos’ defense. Moore is 43rd in target share, and while his schedule opens up a bit, I would package him with another player to upgrade to a higher tier of wide receiver, maybe one who has been underperforming. While Justin Fields did look good against the Broncos, I wouldn’t want to risk it all going south again, so I would look to move Moore now if possible.
I debated back and forth about adding Najee Harris to this list because I am unsure who would be a buyer, but maybe, just maybe, there is a sell window for someone who thinks “buying low” on Najee is a good idea. Honestly, Najee may even be a “sell low” option simply to get him out of your lineup and hope his name still carries value in the trade market. Najee just barely crossed ten fantasy points for the first time this season, and a big reason for that is the lack of utilization in the passing game. Warren has become an interesting fantasy asset because he has had at least six targets in three of four games. Harris has yet to score a touchdown, and the Steelers haven’t shown much upside. He also has a bye week approaching, so if you can pivot, that may help your lineup.
This season was much different than last for Gabe Davis. He didn’t have the high expectations he did last season because he had a much lower ADP in 2023. Davis is still a sell because he is currently the WR22 in half-point PPR leagues, mainly due to a touchdown reception in three of four games this season. While he will have some big plays and score some touchdowns, he only offers a little when it comes to a floor for fantasy production. Davis has four or fewer targets in three of four games this season, and by now, we know he isn’t going to command a large target share. Davis is a great piece to add to do a two-for-one where you receive the better asset.