Immediate Fantasy Football Trades That You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 6
By Max Staley
With just one game remaining on the Week 5 fantasy football slate, you should have a solid grasp on your team's strengths and weaknesses by now.
If you're sitting below .500 and looking to shake things up, or at the top of your standings hoping to make some smaller improvements, here are two players you should be looking to acquire, and two players you might want to trade away.
Players to Trade for in Fantasy Football
1. Trade for: Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Damien Williams missed Week 3 and Week 4, and he only accounted for 38 yards on 12 touches in his return to the field on "Sunday Night Football." However, he makes this list due to his encouraging snap share. Williams played 55.6 percent of the snaps in his return, and played 66.2 percent of the snaps in Week 1. Those are the two highest snap shares in a game for any Kansas City Chiefs' running back this season. If Williams is the lead back on the fourth-best scoring offense in the NFL, he has much better days ahead of him, and he could come at a discount given his recent play.
2. Trade for: Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets
Through five weeks, Le'Veon Bell is averaging 10.8 fantasy points per game in standard leagues, which is 22nd among all RBs. That certainly isn't the start owners were hoping for, as Bell has an average draft position (ADP) of RB6 this offseason. However, there's plenty of reason to believe Bell can rebound. For one, his best fantasy game of the season came in Week 1, which is the lone game he played with Sam Darnold at QB. He's also played a brutal schedule. Three of Bell's first four opponents rank in the top-10 in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs. The only outlier is the Buffalo Bills, and they are only allowing 14.0 points per game (PPG) this season, which is the third-best total in the NFL. With Darnold likely return to the field soon, and matchups against the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and Washington Redskins in the coming weeks, Bell's value is likely to sky rocket in the not-too-distant future.
Fantasy Football Trade Value
3. Trade Away: Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
Will Fuller had an unbelievably impressive Week 5 game, but he's always been a bit of a boom-or-bust player. While he torched the Atlanta Falcons' leaky secondary to the tune of 217 yards and three TDs on 14 receptions, he had been held below 70 receiving yards in each of his first four games this season. He was similarly inconsistent last season, as he had three games with over 100 receiving yards, but finished with fewer than 70 in his other four. Injuries are also a concern with Fuller, as he's missed a combined 15 games over the past two seasons. If someone in your league is high on him after Week 5, Fuller could net a great return for you.
4. Trade Away: Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Howard followed up his dominant Week 4 performance with another solid game in Week 5. He's now scored at least one TD in three consecutive games, and there's a legitimate chance this is the highest his value will be all season. Miles Sanders isn't going away any time soon, and while Howard's 43 percent snap share was his second highest all season, a lot of that was likely due to game flow. Howard is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game, finishing with fewer than three receptions in four of his five games played. When this team is trailing, it's fair to expect to see more of Sanders, who has played at least 35 percent of the snaps in all five games, something Howard has failed to do three times.
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