Trade Targets for Week 6 (Fantasy Football)
Last week was tough for me after labeling DJ Moore as a sell option. He would, of course, go on to have his best career game in his sixth year in the league. Could he still be a sell-high? The answer is yes, he could be considered a sell-high candidate, but I couldn’t put him in here in back-to-back weeks after that performance, and I have to apologize to anybody who missed out on that performance because they did trade him away. In this week’s article, we’ll look to get back on track and help your fantasy team by identifying trade targets for buying and selling.
Players to Trade For
Currently sitting as the WR20 on the season, CeeDee Lamb could have his fantasy managers worried, especially with the well-documented struggles of Dak Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense. Lamb has only finished as a top-10 receiver in one of five games this season. In Week 4, he was the WR20, but he has been the WR32 or lower outside of that. With the lack of production and Dak under fire for his play, there is an opportunity to buy CeeDee Lamb low. He is still uber-talented and is coming off of a WR6 overall finish last season. I expect his production to increase as he will still be heavily targeted. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that there are brighter days ahead for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense.
The past two weeks have been disappointing for Chris Olave. He went from 10+ targets a game in Weeks 1-3 to 11 targets in Weeks 4 and 5 combined. He did catch his first touchdown of the season in Week 5, which did save him this week. The Saints had a significant lead for most of the game against the Patriots, so they did not need to throw much. Olave is another uber-talented wide receiver who should be on your radar as a trade target. With only three receptions in the last two weeks, fantasy managers could be on edge and ready to make a move. Olave has several juicy matchups to look forward to, and I expect him to return to double-digit targets.
News broke that the Colts extended Jonathan Taylor just before Week 5, and while Taylor did finally suit up, Zack Moss had a dominant performance to spoil Taylor’s season debut. Taylor was eased back in, rushing for 18 yards on six attempts and catching his lone target for another 16 yards. On the other hand, Moss had 23 rushing attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for another 30 yards. We don’t know how long it will take for Taylor to take over the lead duties, but I assume it will be sooner rather than later. Moss has been outstanding as the lead back, and I expect Taylor to flourish once he takes the lead. Take advantage of an impatient manager or someone worried that Moss will cut into Taylor’s workload too much.
Players to Trade Away
The Steelers’ offense has looked bad through five games this season, but George Pickens is currently the WR13, which makes him a perfect sell-high opportunity. Pickens may be difficult to trade away because he is heading into his bye week, but it’s well worth exploring. Diontae Johnson will eventually return and be a significant part of the offense. Even if you believe Pickens is the better receiver, Johnson has consistently shown that he commands a high target share, which will impact Pickens’ production. Pickens is a great player, but considering his situation with a poor offense and Diontae Johnson possibly returning after the bye week, I would try to move him. I do not see Pickens continuing borderline top-12 production.
This year’s tight end landscape has been dreadful, so managers may move flex positions to acquire a tight end who could help their team. Dallas Goedert is coming off a TE2 overall finish in Week 5 after catching eight of nine targets for 117 yards and a touchdown. The 117 receiving yards in Week 5 is more than the 88 yards he had combined in the previous four games. Given the offense Goedert is in, he has the upside to have blow-up weeks, but I believe that DeVonta Smith and AJ Brown will dominate this offense, and I think Goedert will be an afterthought most weeks. If you could get an upgrade at running back or wide receiver, I would make that move.
Right now is the time to sell DeAndre Hopkins. In Week 5, Hopkins caught eight of 11 targets for 140 yards and finished as the WR8 on the week. Hopkins had flashes of his younger self in this game, and while he is still a good receiver, try to cash out if you can. I want to avoid investing in the Titans’ offense right now. Ryan Tannehill has two touchdown passes on the season (neither to Hopkins) but has five interceptions. If you can use Hopkins as a throw-in to sweeten a deal or go for a two-for-one to obtain a better player, try to get that done!