Especially in an up-and-down season like this, things can change on a dime. Real NFL teams do not care about fantasy football teams (as they shouldn’t), which leads to fluctuating fantasy value for many players. Cutting through the noise, follow this Week 6 trade advice to give your roster a boost.
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Wendell Smallwood/Corey Clement
With Jay Ajayi out for the season because of a torn ACL, there’s a prime opportunity for some of Philadelphia’s younger running backs moving forward. If Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement are still available in your league, they are worth targeting as at least short-term FLEX options. In very deep leagues, undrafted rookie Josh Adams is also worth a look. However, it might be unwise to trade for any of them unless you can acquire them for an end-of-bench player, as the Eagles seem likely to make a move for a veteran running back—which there wasn’t a realistic chance of this week given the team plays tomorrow night.
Verdict: Pick up; hesitate to trade for
Many are speculating that LeSean McCoy could be the running back the Eagles target, in which case his fantasy value would get a solid boost in a much better offense. But you shouldn’t expect McCoy to play as well as his first go-around with the Eagles. It might be a good idea to sell McCoy now while dangling the idea of him potentially joining his old team, as a trade from Buffalo is no guarantee, and his value is high coming off a solid game while paired with this potential trade hype.
Verdict: Sell for someone on a better team
Derrick Henry has yet to eclipse five standard fantasy points in a game this season, with point totals of 2, 5, 5, 2, and 5 through five weeks. The bottom line is the former Heisman Trophy winner’s value cannot get any lower than it’s been to start the season, and the Titans should start committing to running the ball more with him moving forward. Tennessee’s offensive line should get in more of a groove after they dealt with injuries to open the year, and Henry offers at least great RB2 potential down the stretch. Henry might even be available as a free agent in your league, and he’s a must-pickup if he can be had for nothing.
It’ll be harder to buy Dalvin Cook after his outstanding stretch as a rookie and the hype he garnered leading up to this season, but he has high-end RB1 upside if he gets healthy and the Vikings commit to running the ball more. If you could trade someone like Carlos Hyde, who was a recommended sell last week, straight up for Cook it would probably pay-off in the long run this season.
Entering Week 5, Julio Jones looked to have potential for a game-winning week with a matchup against the Steelers, but he was held without a catch through three quarters and ended up with five receptions for 62 yards in a game the Falcons just didn’t play well. Despite 112.8 yards per game this season, fantasy owners might be frustrated with the lack of touchdowns for Jones. This might be the time to strike for perhaps the best wide receiver in football. Something like James Conner or the aforementioned Carlos Hyde for Jones might get it done.
If and when Le’Veon Bell returns to the Steelers, he might not be a 25-30 touch guy with James Conner playing so well for Pittsburgh. But after Jay Ajayi’s knee injury, it’s easy to connect the dots on a potential trade partner for the Steelers. Bell’s value probably wouldn’t be quite as high as year’s past with the Steelers, but he would certainly be an RB1 on a stacked Eagles offense—and he’d be eager to earn a long-term contract with his new team. It would probably be impossible to acquire Bell for your fantasy team after a trade to the Eagles, so now might be the best opportunity to get the All-Pro running back. A player like Jordan Howard, who is at least playing but has had inconsistent usage to this point, for Bell, who has weekly 25-touch potential when he returns, is worth exploring—especially if you feel confident about your playoff chances with no Bell for a few more weeks.