Now that we're through five games of the fantasy football season, you're probably starting to get an understanding of your team's strengths and weaknesses. You know whether you're going to be playing for a top playoff seed or simply fighting to make it into the postseason, and you know which parts of your team need improvement.
If you're looking to address those needs via trade, here are some buy-low and sell-high candidates to target ahead of Week 6.
Fantasy Football Buy Low Week 6
4. Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
Curtis Samuel has only scored 13.7 PPR points across his last two games, falling especially flat with three receptions for only 19 yards in Week 5. He still racked up a combined 13 targets in those two contests though, tying with D.J. Moore for a team-high 20 percent target share during that span. Samuel hasn't seen fewer than six targets in a game since Week 1, and the buy-low window could slam shut soon, as he gets a great matchup in Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have given up an NFL-high 1,618 passing yards through five games, so this could be a nice bounce-back spot for Samuel.
3. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
The big storyline from the Los Angeles Chargers' backfield split in Week 5 was Austin Ekeler's involvement as a receiver, as he caught an absurd 15 passes. He ran the ball only three times though, compared to 12 carries for Melvin Gordon, who was making his season debut after a lengthy holdout. The Chargers got down 17-0 in the first half, forcing a more pass-heavy game flow than we can usually expect. Even so, Gordon still saw six targets, giving him a solid 18 opportunities for the game. That huge edge in carries is a good sign for Gordon's role moving forward, and he looks poised to dominate the rushing volume in Los Angeles. Now's the time to try to get him for cheap while people are focused on Ekeler's huge reception total from the loss.
2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers' 2019 season has not been a great one for his fantasy football owners, as he's only eclipsed 15 fantasy points once in five games. His average of 15.3 per game puts him at QB19 on the season, two spots behind Andy Dalton. He's dealt with a brutal early-season schedule, however, with four of his opponents holding QBs to bottom-eight fantasy production in 2019. His other game, against the Philadelphia Eagles (16th), saw him put up a vintage 26.5 fantasy point performance, throwing for 422 yards. His matchups get a lot easier in the near future, with each of his next three opponents allowing above-average fantasy numbers to the position.
Fantasy Football Sell High Week 6
1. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys
It's totally fair to be excited about Amari Cooper. He's fifth among WRs with 49.4 PPR points over the last two weeks and is coming off a massive 226-yard game. He's got five touchdowns through five games though, and his early-season matchups have been about as good as you can ask for. Three of his five games have come against opponents that rank bottom-five in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, and another was against the 22nd-ranked pass defense. Cooper has actually been out-targeted 29 to 28 in games that Michael Gallup has been active, and with his efficiency almost certain to fall off, those volume concerns should not be overlooked. Cooper could very well be in for another big game in Week 6 against the New York Jets, but there's a good chance you can find someone willing to pay a king's ransom to acquire his services.
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