Heading into Week 6 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.
Week 6 is also the first time NFL teams and fantasy managers must deal with a bye. Bye weeks can create a tricky roster construct for managers and may be the best opportunity to take advantage of a buy-low situation.
With that in mind, here are three players to trade for (and two to trade away) in Week 6.
Fantasy Football Week 6 Trades
5. Trade For: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions head into a bye in Week 6 after Amon-Ra St. Brown's worst fantasy performance of the season, and one of the worst of his career. Some fantasy managers may not have paid attention to the fact St. Brown played just 32% of the offensive snaps as he worked back from a minor injury. The results? Four catches on just 6 targets and a whopping 18 yards. Despite picking up an injury in Week 3, missing Week 4 entirely and playing on a snap count in Week 5, this is a wideout who still commanders 21.7% of the Lions' target share. He'll turn things around when healthy and could be a difference maker for the late fantasy season.
4. Trade Away: Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
How often does a trade away suggestion come on a wide receiver commanders 28% of his offense's target share? Not sure, but that's the case with Diontae Johnson. Mike Tomlin finally starting listening to George Pickens' pleas for more targets and responded with back-to-back 8-target performances in Weeks 4 and 5. He's also been able to produce with those new opportunities, much unlike his counterpart Johnson. Pickens' exploded for 185 yards over the last two games with Johnson barely cracking 70. This roster has enough competition with the likes of Chase Claypool, Pat Freiermuth and RBs Najee Harris/Jaylen Warren. Adding a rookie QB to the mix? That spells for a serious case of chemistry building with the top rookie wideout on this roster and a diminishing role for WR1 Johnson.
3. Trade For: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy managers keep waiting for the Michael Pittman we expected to see when he entered the season with an ADP of WR13. The breakout still hasn't happened, especially with the poor quarterback play from Matt Ryan, but it's coming. Pittman dominates the target share on this offense to the tune of 19.4%. The next closest option is Alex Pierce at just over 11%. Pittman also leads the team with a 17.4% red zone target share. With some favorable matchups against the Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders on the horizon, there's no better time to buy low here on a true No. 1 wideout.
2. Trade Away: Melvin Gordon III, RB, Denver Broncos
Nathaniel Hackett's Week 5 game plan was very telling for Melvin Gordon fantasy managers. Instead of thrusting the entire rushing attack on his shoulders, in the wake of Javonte Williams' injury, Gordon split a lot of the action with Mike Boone. Boone gobbled up 30% of the rushing share and saw the same amount of targets (3). He was also more efficient at 5.4 yards per carry and a long run of 18 yards. Don't forget the Broncos also added veteran Latavius Murray. He couldn't make the quick turnaround for suit up in Week 5, but he'll there in Week 6 and adding more competition to Gordon and the running back room. Between the signing and usage in Week 5, Gordon doesn't seem to be overly favored by this coaching staff.
1. Trade For: Brian Robinson, RB, Washington Commanders
The stats may not jump off the page, but Brian Robinson finally made his Commanders debut in Week 5. And bottom line, this backfield is his for the taking. Outside of 5 scrambles from QB Carson Wentz, Robinson controlled 75% of Washington's rushing duties and immediately leapfrogged Antonio Gibson for the No. 1 role. He didn't see a target, which is the only potential holdup here, but there's time for him to work into the passing attack. Pay close attention to the continued splits over these next weeks, but Robinson is worth stashing on the bench. I'm envisioning Washington's stretch of games from Week 11-13 (Texans, Falcons, Giants) as his legit coming out party.
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