GM’s Office: Fantasy Football Trade Targets – Week 5

Right now is go time. If you are a contender you need to be looking for the championship edge. Try to trade a bench player who had a big week or two and a current starter for a massive upgrade on that current starter (preferably RB, WR, Top 3 TE). This trade may also cost you two starters. I’m of the belief that if it’s working don’t tinker too much but a calculated gamble could win you your league.

One of the most fascinating dynasty trades I saw last year was a trade between two contenders and would ultimately decide the season. Tyreek Hill and Joe Mixon for Le’Veon Bell. Now the eventual champion could roll out Todd Gurley and Bell every week. And yes, the difference in these contenders eventual showdown was Bell. Didn’t hurt to have Gurley. Now fast forward to 2018 and the number one team has Hill and Mixon (injuries!) and Bell has yet to play a game. Was that title worth losing two studs approaching their prime? Now is the time to make some grown man moves and win the trophy.

Jordan Howard

I’ve admittedly not had a high opinion of Howard coming into the season. He has been an absolute stud on the ground with over 2400 yards and 16 total TD’s. The problem is he has not had over 30 catches in either season. He was even worse on film dropping numerous footballs in critical moments. The thing that changed my mind is not only seeing Howard catch ten out of twelve passes so far but also the comfort level he had in catching the ball. A lot of owners will want to sell after Howard failed to produce much of anything in the blowout of Tampa Sunday. The game plan called for an attack through the air against the Bucs early and often. The Bears needed a game like this to keep defenses honest. Better weeks are ahead. On an improving offense with the opportunity to stay on the field for all three downs, I’m buying in all formats.

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Chris Godwin

All Godwin does is catch touchdowns. Like Chris Carter’s reputation before him, Godwin had caught a TD in every game this year, including pre-season, until Sunday. Owners should recognize him as the WR2 for the Bucs offense. A 95th percentile SPARQ athlete who averaged 16.6 yards per catch in college has produced when on the field. The WR depth chart is a three-man competition between Mike Evans, Godwin, and Desean Jackson. Godwin has actually played more this year but Jackson makes a lot of big plays. Some owners may be scared off by Sunday’s dud. I will trade for Godwin because of his talent, production, and snap share and write off Sunday’s contest as one to forget.

Baker Mayfield

This advice is geared toward two QB and Superflex leagues. I’m a big proponent of not trading for a QB as it is an easily replaceable position in most formats but Mayfield is my exception. Baker let a lot of his owners and fans down with his sub 300 yard, four-turnover game. From my viewpoint, this performance actually showed me a glimpse of the prosperous near future. The only thing that should be taken away from Baker’s first career game is that it was a shootout. This is important because after the Ravens game the next six games have shootout potential (Chargers, @ Bucs, @ Steelers, Chiefs, Falcons, @Bengals). These are the games you want to target signal callers in. Mayfield immediately makes the Browns compelling television while making the offense legit.

Leonard Fournette

Let me preface that this is advice geared toward those in dynasty leagues and Fournette may not produce at all this year. With that being said this is going to be the lowest price point you may ever see Fournette at. He has consistently derailed his fantasy owners Sunday’s by leaving two contests early and missing the other two. His owners are probably not winning many games right now and losing patience by the minute. He was drafted 4th overall in the 2017 draft to be the centerpiece of the offense and was just that last year, accounting for 1300 yards from scrimmage and 10 TD’s. I would bet when Fournette returns to health he will once again be a valuable piece of the offense. Buy now while his trade window is wide open.



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