The first three weeks of fantasy football is beginning to give us a clear picture of the top performers, those underwhelming stars, and sleeper picks that hold real value.
Digging deep to pick our which of these performances you should be buying and which were just noise can be the difference between a fantasy championship or missing out on the playoffs altogether.
With that in mind, here are three players to trade for (and two to trade away) in Week 4.
Fantasy Football Week 4 Trades
1. Trade For: Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
Along with the rest of Denver's offense, Javonte Williams was quiet against a staunch 49ers defense in Week 3. That's back-to-back sub-10 point performances from the Broncos lead back, and makes him a perfect buy candidate. Once again Williams and Melvin Gordon are evenly splitting the RB carries, but the former is far much more efficient with his opportunities. He's already out-gained Gordon by 40+ yards on just three more carries, and has more than doubled his receiving targets. That's where the real value lies and this is the perfect opportunity to grab him.
2. Trade Away: Marquise Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Marquise Brown dominated in Week 3 with a 28-point PPR performance thanks to 14 catches and 100+ receiving yards. You're probably thinking... why would I sell the WR9 in PPR scoring? Well, winning a fantasy football championship means game planning for a long NFL season. Superstar wideout DeAndre Hopkins returns to the field in Week 7, less than a month away. Hopkins is a player who commanded nearly 30% of Arizona's target share during his last full season. Brown is still a serviceable top-24 WR down the stretch, but the opportunity to capitalize on his top-10 output right nwo is enticing. Struggling at the RB position? Make a deal for someone like Saquon Barkley or D'Andre Swift, both whom rank top-10 in The Duel's Rest of Season PPR rankings.
3. Trade Away: DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks
DK Metcalf put in his first strong performance of the season in Week 3, tallying 17.4 PPR points on five receptions and 1 TD. This was an aberration. Metcalf's 25% target share is impressive, but he hasn't been efficient at all with these opportunities. He's only caught 16-of-25 targets while averaging career-low marks in yards per reception (8.4), receiving yards per target (5.4) and average depth of target (9.3). Geno Smith and the Seahawks' offense is not finding him in space, or able to get him good looks over the top. Sell now, while you still can.
4. Trade For: Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans
Brandin Cooks has not taken advantage of an impressive 27% target share through three weeks. He's just WR51 in PPR leagues and just put together the worst performance of his young season (4.2 PPR points against the Bears). But, that's been part of the issue. Cooks' faced three of the league's best defensive units in Weeks 1-3, including the Colts, Broncos and Bears. All three units rank top-10 in PPR points allowed to opposing wideouts, with the Broncos checking in at No. 1 on that list. His 27% target share will remain steady, and that's a recipe for big fantasy performances once the Texans start facing some weaker defensive teams.
5. Trade For: Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
The New York Jets' front seven stifled Joe Mixon and the Bengals' rushing attack in Week 3. Cincinnati managed just 69 rushing yards while Mixon posted a dud RB42 performance with just 24 rushing yards and 3 receptions. That's his worst PPR performance since Week 1 of the 2020 campaign. Grab him if there's a manager unwilling to overlook this performance. Mixon commanders 66% of Cincinnati's rushing attempts, and ranks second on the team with 20 targets. This is a bell cow type fantasy performer. a player than finished with 10+ PPR points in 12 games a year ago. He also surpassed 20+ PPR points in seven contests.
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