Fantasy Football Buy/Sell/Hold Picks (Week 6)
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Whether you’re buying or selling, here’s a list of players to consider making a move on before it’s too late.
Players to Buy
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – HOU)
You should be buying one of the best receivers in the game, even if he’s under-performed to this point. It’s rare to be able to get a first-round fantasy player at a discounted price, and if the owner who drafted him is struggling, they may feel as if they can’t wait around for his breakout. If you can swing a deal to land Hopkins for any wide receiver not named Julio Jones, you should do it.
Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ)
Despite playing alongside second- and third-string quarterbacks, Bell has managed to post 20.9, 10.3, and 15.8 PPR points over the last three games. Keep in mind that’s while the Jets team has scored a grand total of 23 points, with some coming from special teams. With Darnold returning, they’ll have many more scoring opportunities, making Bell much more appealing. He’s usable no matter what, but we could see him enter the top-six running back rankings with Darnold returning.
Kerryon Johnson (RB – DET)
The common perception on Johnson is that he’s part of a timeshare, though that’s not been the case since the team released C.J. Anderson. Over the last two games, Johnson has totaled 49 of the 64 available touches to Lions running backs. While this may not be a high-scoring offense, it’s difficult to find a running back who gets 75-plus percent of the touches in a backfield.
Josh Gordon (WR – NE)
Despite blowing out their opponents in 4-of-5 games, the Patriots have averaged 37.4 pass attempts per game. It’s only a matter of time before Gordon explodes and everyone realizes they want a piece of this Patriots pass-attack. He’s a WR3 at worst, though he comes with top-12 upside on a weekly basis.
Will Dissly (TE – SEA)
The tight end position is a hard one to predict, though Dissly hasn’t been one of them. After leaving Week 1 with an injury, he’s finished as a top-12 tight end in each of the last four games. Keep in mind that’s while Russell Wilson has thrown the ball 35 times or less in 4-of-5 games. Over the last four weeks, the top Seahawks targets have gone like this: Tyler Lockett 34, Dissly, 24, D.K. Metcalf 20.
DeSean Jackson (WR – PHI)
It’s always risky buying a player who’s currently injured, but we’ve been hearing that Jackson should return to the lineup soon. Most owners have already forgotten what he offered in his first game as an Eagles wide receiver with Carson Wentz. Once he returns, he’s an ideal WR3 to have in your lineup. He may not offer as much as you’d like for a floor, but not many WR3s do. What he does offer is a top-12 weekly ceiling with how willing Wentz is to take shots down the field. There’s a reason most stuck with Will Fuller as long as they did. Jackson has a similar impact on fantasy lineups.
Players to Sell
Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA)
He’s now seen four or less targets in 3-of-5 games, which is far from ideal for a wide receiver most are relying on for WR2 production. The good news is that he’s been able to snag touchdowns in two of those games, as Wilson has been ultra-efficient. Selling while the iron is hot may be the best-case scenario, as there will be some down weeks with how little this team throws the ball. Maybe you can package him in a deal for Deandre Hopkins, who’s among the best buy lows in all of football.
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN)
After the Titans said they were going to give Henry a workhorse role this year, he kind of gave that away after playing poorly in that role. He saw five targets in the team’s first two games, but has now totaled just three targets over the last three games combined, including zero in the Week 5 loss to the Bills. He’s going to have value as an RB2 but he’s going to be gamescript-dependent once again. If you can land someone like Kerryon Johnson for him, you should do that.
James Conner (RB – PIT)
He may have scored last week, but Conner’s value is evaporating quickly. The Steelers are now down to their third-string quarterback and they apparently want to involve Jaylen Samuels more than they did over the first few weeks. If you can find someone who’s willing to give you anything close to high-end RB2 value for Conner, you should maximize on his Week 5 performance.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT)
It’s officially time to panic on Smith-Schuster. Not only has he been playing through some sort of toe injury, but now the team is 1-4 and down to their third-string quarterback. Even if Mason Rudolph comes back, it doesn’t prop Smith-Schuster up very much, as he’s had to earn everything he gets after the catch. Of his 171 yards over the last three games, 113 of them have come after the catch. If you get low-end WR1/high-end WR2 value in return, now is the time to cut your losses.
Robert Woods (WR – LAR)
You shouldn’t just give Woods away, but shopping him right now might not be a bad idea. The Rams are starting to feature their tight ends a bit more, and they aren’t going to stop targeting Cooper Kupp. Jared Goff’s attempts have been through the roof the last few games, which has allowed Woods to produce, though once those attempts start declining, everyone, including Woods, will lose their target ceiling. He’s still a top-25 wide receiver for the remainder of the season, but you might find someone looking to “sell-high” on someone like Allen Robinson, who does have more value than Woods moving forward.
Will Fuller (WR – HOU)
Knowing that his No. 1 performance is fresh on everyone’s mind, this is your golden opportunity to sell your WR3 for much more. It’s not a matter of “if” but rather “when” DeAndre Hopkins starts to heat up, which will cool the love on Fuller. They aren’t going to play the Falcons every week.
Players to Hold
Todd Gurley (RB – LAR)
There’s some great news for Gurley owners, as his snap percentages continue to rise. Here are his percentages over the first five games: 70-63-73-75-93. He’s trending in the right direction, as he totaled 18 of the 19 touches for Rams running backs last week. He made the most of them, too, scoring two touchdowns. If Jared Goff starts to turn things around, we’re going to see Gurley return to RB1 territory.
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)
Some may be wondering whether or not they should sell-high on Thielen after his 7/130/2 performance against the Giants, but knowing they’re about to play the Eagles, you should hold. And then, after that game, they’ll have a stretch of the Lions, Redskins, and Chiefs, three matchups that he should be able to perform well. You should be holding onto Thielen with that upcoming schedule.
D.J. Chark (WR – JAC)
Some Chark owners may be looking to sell-high after his hot start, but from the looks of it, he’s here to stay. They’re using him all over the formation, creating mismatches when they need to like last week against the Panthers. Even in his underwhelming game versus the Broncos, he had a touchdown that was called back due to penalty. He’s here to stay and should be treated as an every-week WR3 or better.