Immediate Fantasy Football Trades That You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 5
Four weeks into the NFL season, we start to get a better feel for how things are shaking out this year. We have a lot more information to help us figure out which players' big games may have been flukes and which are signs of more big games to come in the future. On the other side of the coin, we also get a better idea of which disappointing players can still be counted on to bounce back and which ones fantasy owners should cut their losses on.
With those fantasy football buy-low and sell-high opportunities in mind, here are four fantasy football trades worth pursuing immediately as we look forward to Week 5 of the 2020 season.
1. Trade For: Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
This isn't exactly a "buy-low" situation, but Joshua Kelley could prove to be a league-winning fantasy football player with Austin Ekeler on the shelf. The Los Angeles Chargers offense has continued to involve RBs heavily as receivers (Ekeler had 15 targets combined in Week 2 and 3), and Kelley racked up 9 carries with 3 targets when Ekeler went down in Week 4. Justin Jackson may make this a split backfield for now, but Jackson has really never played a big role even when injuries force him into action, eclipsing 8 carries only once in his 22-game career. Ekeler's injury sounds like it's going to keep him out for a while, and Kelley should see big volume in the meantime.
2. Trade For: Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns
Another "buy-high" kind of spot, Kareem Hunt should be an absolute fantasy stud with Nick Chubb out. Hunt already averaged 13.0 carries and 3.7 targets per game with Chubb serving as the RB1 in the first three weeks. Don't expect D'Ernest Johnson and Dontrell Hilliard to keep Hunt off the field much. Already a guy who sees great receiving volume, expect Hunt to see some serious rushing volume in an offense that ranks No. 2 with 139 rush attempts on the season.
3. Trade Away: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans' fantasy football trade value has likely spiked. Tom Brady looked great in Week 4, and Evans tallied 7 receptions, 122 yards and 1 touchdown with Chris Godwin on the shelf. It's hard to get too excited about 8 targets when Brady threw 46 times (17 percent target share), however — especially when he wasn't competing with Godwin. Evans is averaging just 6.5 targets per game, with 5 touchdowns bolstering his fantasy output. The time to sell is now, before his weak volume starts to show through in his production.
4. Trade Away: Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady just had what will likely be his best game of the season, turning back the clock with a massive 5-TD day. Even with that huge performance, however, Brady is still showing plenty of signs of decline this year. His 7.5 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) rank a middling 19th among 33 qualifying passers in the NFL. Outside of the elite, the QB position is pretty replaceable in fantasy football, so if you can get an RB or WR for your starting lineup in exchange for Brady, you should pounce on the opportunity.
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