by Dave Moore (@davieremixed)
Not one to toot my own horn but racking up 186 fantasy points this week felt damned good (full disclosure, it’s an IDP league) but it only brought my record to 2-3 so the joy is somewhat undermined by my losing record.
The most amusing story from Week 5 was someone in my league who turned down a trade that included Aaron Jones as part of the deal. Needless to say, they lost their matchup to the person they faced that week. You hate to see it happen…Sometimes.
Anyway, onto this week’s targets to trade for and who might be worth shipping off.
Bring on Board
“But he’s on a bye week, you fool!” This is a very fair point but coming off the bye he has Miami, Eagles and Washington all at home followed by trips to Cleveland and the Miami Tankers.
Whilst Buffalo’s surprising 4-1 record is largely down to their incredible D, Allen has put up over 15 points in every start except for the 16-10 defeat to New England. Nothing exceptional, admittedly but for a QB2 with only more bye weeks to come, this is a narrow window to get a decent QB for a low price. If he can cut the INTs out then his value will only increase.
Lockett’s fantasy record this year is a bit peculiar. Topping 15 points just twice this year but on one of those occasions going off in a big way against a New Orleans D that is starting to establish itself as perhaps a top five outfit.
The next three weeks for Lockett & his Seahawks involve a trip to the beleaguered Browns, a home game against Ravens outfit that I’m not sure if they’re actually any good or not and a trip to Atlanta who may be hiring a new head coach by the end of the month because they just cannot defend.
Lockett’s ranked ninth overall for Fantasy WRs, ahead of luminaries such as DeAndre Hopkins and Mike Evans. He may not come cheap but this Seahawks outfit looks the real deal offensively after a couple of rusty weeks (blame the run game for that).
Oh, I can’t let this passage go by without mentioning how amazing that TD against the Rams was. 6.4% completion chance? Incredible.
He’s slowed down a bit after his crazy start to the season but this week’s matchup with Cincinnati is very favourable as they’ve given up the second most yards per game to running backs this season.
Looking ahead it’s somewhat more difficult with trips to the Seahawks, a bye then a visit from the Patriots before a rematch with Cincinnati. However, I expect Ingram to see plenty of the ball in those three subsequent matchups, especially given how good the New England secondary has been.
Put on the Block
Philadelphia gets time off in Week 10. The four games prior to that they’ve got three consecutive roads games against Minnesota, Dallas and Buffalo followed up with a game against a Bears team whose D I still believe in despite making Derek Carr look like an NFL-level QB in London this past week.
This is an ugly four weeks and Wentz’s points record isn’t strong enough to be a QB1 for me, surpassing 20 points only twice (one of which was against Washington so comes with a huge asterisk) this season. If you are in need of a spark at this position I honestly believe you could ship Wentz off for someone like Josh Allen (see above) and receive an extra player in return too. Wentz’s price won’t be high for long. Move now.
That’s right. I said it. If you fancy making a huge splash in your league and have a few gaps that need filling elsewhere, trade him.
Can anyone say right now they trust Atlanta? A trip to Arizona beckons in what could be a Fantasy-tastic shootout but Jones went without a TD in a game where his team scored 32 points. After the trip to the Cardinals? Just a small matter of the Rams and Seahawks at home. After that grueling West Coast visit a bye week falls before divisional road games against the Saints and Panthers.
If you’re deeply lacking in other areas of your team (maybe you drafted Saquon and Big Ben early on) then I’d really consider moving on from Julio. Despite his top ten WR ranking there’s so much about the Falcons that concerns me that it makes a deal viable.
Less of a crazy shout here, I think it’s time to move on from Mixon. Great things were expected of him this year but with no rushing TDs to his name I think you have to wave bye-bye if he was drafted as your RB1. Before the Week 9 bye the Bengals travel to the Ravens and the Rams with a home game against the Jags sandwiched between them. Those road games are clearly tricky and I believe the Jags D matches up well against the Bengals offensive unit.