It is hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through the fantasy football season! With five weeks of action in the books, patterns are developing and roles are being defined for all those players with question marks coming into the season. It is time to get your team ready for a run to the playoffs. I have got you covered, but let’s look at the results from Buy and Sell week 5.
The list of players to buy included Rachaad White, Kyle Pitts, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. You should absolutely be trying to buy White. He saw five carries but more importantly picked up another four targets from Tom Brady. In PPR leagues, White has some stand-alone value and would be an elite handcuff for Fournette. Kyle Pitts didn’t play, but absolutely buy him this week. The tight end spot was a huge disappointment once again for any non-Kelce or Andrews managers. JuJu is still a buy to me despite the low output on Monday night. He saw eight targets for the fourth consecutive week as part of an elite offense. His perceived value is even lower now, making him a must-buy.
The players to sell all lived up, or rather down to the hype. Jared Goff was absolutely atrocious from a fantasy perspective. His five points certainly crushed many managers’ teams this week. Chase Edmunds had a grand total of one yard on the day. It is safe to say that his managers won the deal if they were able to sell high on him. Rashaad Penny, unfortunately, suffered a season-ending injury and this risk was baked into his draft cost. Hopefully, managers were able to cash in on his big week four performance.
Let’s get into who to buy and who to sell prior to the week 6 slate.
Buy Kenneth Walker
The new starting running back in Seattle is rostered in 37 percent of ESPN leagues, so a trade could be in order. The second-round draft choice could be the most valuable waiver pickup of the season and is worth every bit of FAAB to acquire. He will dominate snaps in Seattle for the foreseeable future and must be traded for now before the blowup occurs. The Walker drafter may not part with him easily, but it is worth buying high on him if you need help at running back.
Buy Michael Pittman Jr.
Michael Pittman Jr. has been a disappointment thus far relative to expectations. He has been the recipient of 18 percent of Matt Ryan’s pass attempts and has failed to score a touchdown since week 1. Johnathan Taylor will likely return this week and I expect more play action from the Colts’ offense, which plays to the strengths of Pittman’s game. He is on the field for 94 percent of the snaps and should continue building rapport with Ryan as the season progresses. Buy him now before managers are reminded as to why they drafted him high.
Buy Christian Kirk
Kirk started the season on fire but has cooled considerably of late. The Jaguars don’t have a track record of success offensively, and Kirk managers are likely in panic mode. Kirk struggled against Philadelphia but did see 39 percent of the targets in that game. Volume is king in fantasy football, and Kirk sits on the throne in the Jaguars’ wide receiver room. The Jaguars’ defense is suspect and the Jaguars face three soft secondaries over the next five weeks. One of those units is Indianapolis, whom Kirk torched for 25 PPR points in week 2.
Bonus Buy Ja’Marr Chase
The Chase manager has to be feeling frustrated at this point in the season. The second-year star hasn’t finished as a top-12 wide receiver since week 1 and has seen fellow 1000-yard receiver teammate Tee Higgins go in and out of the lineup. Chase is still seeing nearly a third of Joe Burrow’s targets and the upcoming matchups are juicy. It may not be easy, but you should certainly try to buy Chase this week.
Sell Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook was once thought to be one of the safest first-round picks in redraft leagues, and maybe that’s true. However, safety isn’t enough when it comes to a round-one pick. The upside is needed, and it just hasn’t been there with Cook. In a standard league, Cook is a hold, but he is only receiving three percent of the targets from Kirk Cousins. It was thought that new offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell would utilize Cook’s skillset more but that hasn’t happened. Cook is coming off a two-touchdown game and carries big-name value. Don’t trade him for a bag of chips, but a higher upside running back or an elite wideout or tight end is attainable.
Sell Washington Running Backs
This backfield got crowded in a hurry, so it is time to make a trade. With the remarkable return of Brian Robinson, it will be next to impossible to predict the workload distribution going forward for this group. Antonio Gibson carries name value and has produced as an RB2 so far this season. J.D. McKissic holds value in PPR leagues, and Brian Robinson probably has the highest upside of the three, but how much passing-down work will he see? Rid yourself of these headaches and cash out.
Sell Jeff Wilson Jr.
Jeff Wilson is one fast man. He eclipsed 20 mph on his touchdown run on Sunday according to Akash Anavarathan who covers the 49ers. Wilson took 17 carries for 120 yards and a score but saw Tevin Coleman siphon eight carries and catch three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Elijah Mitchell will likely return at some point in November but you may fetch a high price for Wilson right now from a team in need.
Who are you looking to buy or sell this week? With waivers being thin, a good trade can change your season! You can hit me up anytime on Twitter or in the comments with your trade questions. I’m happy to help out! Good luck this week.
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