Trade Targets for Week 6

Author:  Marc Schwartz (@fantasyfballOG)

Dumpster Diving

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Bilal Powell -  After a ridiculous game in which Isaiah Crowell rushed for more than 200 yards, people may ignore that Powell was the one who lead the team in carries, with 20.  Playing with a big lead like the Jets had against Denver, we know Crowell will get his work.  But do we really expect the Jets to be nursing many big leads?  Powell has strangely been rotating games where he’s involved in the rushing game, then more in the passing game.  But we know he is the primary passing down option in this backfield.

The Jets offense is a work in progress, but Powell’s usage and passing down work makes him a worthy flex. And after a somewhat shaky start to the season, and a fluky Crowell explosion, Powell can be had for the price of a bench warmer.

Devonta Freeman – Freeman didn’t do a whole lot in his first game back, but you should let that work against the team owner who may have grown impatient with him. Tevin Coleman hasn’t set the world on fire in Freeman’s absence.  It’s become clear that Freeman is the superior player, at least when he’s healthy.  With the Falcons offense getting into shootouts fairly regularly, it makes sense to bet on a big 2nd half of the season for Freeman. Now is the time to buy low.

Chris Thompson – Since coming out of the gate scorching hot, Thompson has cooled off in his past two games.  Against Green Bay, The Skins used Peterson to grind the clock out in a win.  And against the Saints this past week, the numbers weren’t there, but he did get 8 targets before leaving with a rib injury.  Between the injury (not believed to be serious), a bye, and two down weeks, Thompson can now be had for the price of a run of the mill flex.  I think he’s a big time value there.  Peterson is starting to get banged up, and isn’t going to be handle major volume at this stage anyway.  The Skins also won’t be in the driver’s seat of too many games going forward.  We can expect 8-10 targets for Thompson more often than not, and as explosive as he is, that makes him a respectable Rb-2 in PPR.

Street Hustle

James White – The Patriots backfield is always a dangerous place to invest.  I think that works against the casual player right now, since the Patriots usually have a 3-man RB rotation, yet are only rotating two as of now.  And after two very decent games for Sony Michel, it certainly seems like most people are hot on a Michel Breakout.  Meanwhile, James White has had more PPR points than Michel in every game this season! You’re not going to be able to steal White, that’s for sure.  And I’ve written about him as a buy before.  But this is more about certain people having the wrong perspective on his value. 

Michel only has 3 receptions this season.  He’s scored in his last 2, but White has 4 td’s already. And somehow, White is quietly on pace for more than 100 receptions this season.  It’s impressive that Michel has found a groove as a runner after missing all of the preseason, but it’s clear that the Pats have no plans to use him in the passing game right now.  And why would they when White excels in that role, a role he has years of experience with.   Brady doesn’t have much of a deep ball anymore, so we’re going to see more dinking and dunking than ever.  That offense is starting to get going, and the Michel/White combo has been a big reason why.  I like White as a borderline top 15 RB in PPR, and you can get him for run of the mill RB-3 value. 

 

Reach

Kenny Golladay – It’s simple with Kenny G., he’s a stud and should be treated as no worse than a high-end WR-2.  If you seem him play, you see a budding superstar, who is already the most dynamic pass catcher on his pass happy team.  You see shades of AJ Green, with an even more freakish catch radius.  The scary thing is, I don’t even think the breakout has begun, yet Golladay is the 16th best WR in PPR so far.

The only reason you might be able to pull the wool over the team owner with Golladay’s eyes, are that Golloday’s receptions have been going down since the beginning of the season, and he hasn’t had a 100 yard game since week 1.  He’s coming off of back to back 4 catch games, so it’s possible that some team owners, who haven’t actually seen how good this guy is, look to deal him for lower end WR-2 value, when it seems like Golloday is a safe bet to out-produce that.  We’re looking at a player who goes no later than the 3rd round of fantasy drafts next year, and you can get him for a 5th or 6th round value right now from certain casuals.  

 

Trade Bait

Demaryius Thomas – This might be your last chance to get something for a player who is clearly declining, and will be a hard to trust start the rest of the way.  Thomas is still a big name, and he’s coming off a performance in which he had 105 yards and a touchdown.  I repeat:  GET WHATEVER YOU CAN FOR THOMAS.

Thomas had been awful for 3 straight games, and did next to nothing against the Jets until very late in garbage time, when he lucked into a 42 yard touchdown.  He’s been getting trounced by Sanders in target-share, and has just one more target than the rookie, Sutton, over the past two weeks.  Thomas hasn’t been very efficient this year, and Keenum’s shaky play hasn’t helped much either.  

 

Marc Schwartz