Heading into Week 5 of the fantasy football season, managers have a better feel for their rosters and which holes need to be filled. Exploring trades is one way to improve your lineup, either by buying low on someone underperforming or selling high in order to bolster your depth.
With that in mind, here are three players to trade for (and two to trade away) in Week 5.
Fantasy Football Week 5 Trades
1. Trade For: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
A number of factors have surprisingly created a potential buy-low opportunity on Jonathan Taylor. For starters, he's coming off of his worst game of the season, posting a meager 3.3 PPR points while losing a fumble and picking up an ankle injury. Taylor managers are likely feeling burned after using a top-three pick on him given that he's failed to post more than 13 fantasy points in three of his first four games. This is where savvy players jump at an opportunity. Taylor got off to a similarly slow start last year, ranking as the RB20 in PPR formats through Week 4 before taking off like a rocket ship. This year feels eerily familiar since he's the RB22 right now and is adjusting to life with a new quarterback once again. Indianapolis should start to figure things on offense soon, setting Taylor up to rebound in a big way. His perceived value may never be lower, especially if he sits out Week 5.
2. Trade Away: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
The wasteland that has been running backs in fantasy has produced a major surprise in Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He is shockingly the RB4 in fantasy and fresh off of another 22-point PPR outing in Week 4. Opportunistic managers should be considering if it's time to sell high, however. CEH got away with impressive efficiency over the first three weeks before finally taking on a more traditional workhorse role this past Sunday. He has clear competition behind, him, though in Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco. The latter was very involved in Week 4, turning 11 carries into 63 yards. It's unclear if Edwards-Helaire will ever truly get top-end volume given the capable options behind him. He's also got a tough upcoming schedule with the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers on tap in Weeks 6 and 7. If you can flip him for pieces you're more confident in, then this may be the right time to sell off your CEH shares.
3. Trade For: James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals
James Conner is one early-round RB who's failed to impress over the first four weeks. Conner clocks in at RB28 in PPR scoring and is coming off of another underwhelming outing, but better days could be ahead. After being banged up in Week 2, Conner has gone on to see a healthy 18.0 opportunities (14.0 rush attempts plus 4.0 targets) per game over the last two weeks. He's also Arizona's preferred red zone rushing weapon, leading the team with 7 carries inside the 20. He's also the only Cardinals RB to earn carries from inside the 5-yard line. He's getting the volume and high-value touches that should eventually lead to more fantasy production, especially as Arizona heads into an easier part of its schedule. Conner will face the Seattle Seahawks, who rank No. 4 in most PPR points allowed to RBs, in two of his next five games, so he could be a smart target before he booms.
4. Trade Away: D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
This may be the perfect time for fantasy managers to get off of the D.J. Moore rollercoaster. Moore posted season highs in targets (11), receptions (6) and yards (50) while recording his second-highest PPR outing (12.1 points) of the year. However, managers should've expected more from Moore given his golden matchup against the Cardinals, so it's very possible his upside is capped all season by Baker Mayfield and/or Sam Darnold. His name value and previous pedigree (WR18 in PPR scoring in 2021) should help those looking to unload him for a more consistent starter.
5. Trade For: Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Wide receiver depth will be crucial in the weeks ahead with byes coming up, and Adam Thielen looks like the perfect fill-in to keep your team afloat. He's averaging a solid 7.0 targets over the first four games, turning those into 5.3 receptions and 55.3 yards per contest. He's trending up, too, as all of those numbers have increased every week so far. His numbers aren't gaudy and his ceiling isn't on the same level as star wideouts (unless Justin Jefferson gets hurt), but his consistency makes him a viable FLEX at the very least. He's also one of Kirk Cousins' favorite red zone weapons, placing second on the team with 6 targets within the 20-yard line so far. Given his TD upside on a talented offense, Thielen is someone to target.
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