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Week 5 Swap Meet: 5 of the Most Traded Players This Week (2019 Fantasy Football)

by Zach Brunner
Oct 4, 2019

Two good Thursday night games in a row? I feel like we’re being spoiled now. With two more teams on bye this week, there are 14 more games left to win your fantasy matchups. Speaking of bye weeks, they’re about to pick up, causing headaches when setting your lineups, which could lead to potential trades for teams that need to win now.

These are five of the most-traded players from this week. If you do find yourself involved in trades with these names in them, I will give you a few names of relatively equal value that you can consider or at least gauge the player’s value off of. All values given take half-point PPR scoring into consideration.

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Sony Michel (RB – NE)
There’s no way around it; Sony Michel has been bad to start the season. Sitting all the way down at RB38, Michel has only played one good game, and that was against the Miami Dolphins. He has averaged 2.8 yards per carry on 62 runs, scoring two touchdowns. It’s easy to see why fantasy owners are negative on the Patriots RB and trying to trade him.

On the other side of things, some may be optimistic that Michel turns it around for a couple reasons. First, the Patriots have an easy schedule and have a legitimate chance to go undefeated. This means that they are expected to have a lead in every game, which could lead to them leaning on the run or, at the very least, getting Michel short touchdowns. The other reason is that New England has just one indoor game the rest of the way. When it turns cold out, tackling Michel could be much more difficult. Here are three players that have similar value to Michel.

  • Devin Singletary: The rookie RB was phenomenal on limited touches early on. Coming back from injury, he should work his way into a more prominent role as the season goes on.
  • Calvin Ridley: He has been hobbled with injuries a little bit and has seen only 16 targets through the first month. Brighter days should be ahead, but the 69.6 percent catch rate on limited targets is concerning.
  • Will Dissly: Ranking as TE5 through the first month, Dissly has come onto the scene hot as one of Russell Wilson‘s favorite targets. He has gotten six touchdowns in his last eight games, and he is likely to be a top-10 option the rest of the way.

Melvin Gordon (RB – LAC)
Gordon re-joined his team on the sidelines last week, but this game will be the first this season he has a role. Head coach Anthony Lynn has committed to Gordon being the team’s lead back once he is fully caught up, but it’s tough to imagine Austin Ekeler not getting more touches than last season, given how good he performed through the first month.

We know how good Gordon can be. He finished last season as RB7 overall in 12 games, which coincidentally is how many games he has left. However, there is a risk of workload and a risk of injury after being away from football activity for so long. Whether you’re all-in on Gordon or you do not want to risk it, here are three players that can be valued similarly to the Chargers RB.

  • Mark Ingram: The former Saints RB has played nearly perfect for the Ravens. He has two 100-yard games, five touchdowns and a 6.0-yard per carry average. As long as he stays healthy, he should be good.
  • Tyreek Hill: Hill has been out with a shoulder injury, but he is getting close to returning. He is a WR1 when healthy, as shown last season.
  • Davante Adams: He will be discussed more in-depth below, but Adams is a WR1 when healthy. However, he is dealing with a toe injury that could cause him to miss this week.

Zach Ertz (TE – PHI)
I cannot tell you how many frustrated fantasy owners of Ertz I have talked to this season. Some of them wanted to drop him, but apparently I talked them away from the edge so that he has been involved in enough trades to make this article. Ertz has seen at least seven targets in every game and has totaled at least 50 yards in every game. That alone sounds good, but he is still not performing up to the typical Ertz level.

While he has 50+ yards in every game, he has gone over 65 yards just once, and that was still only 72. Possibly the larger issue is the fact that Ertz has not found the end zone yet, and five of the seven TEs ranked above him have gotten multiple touchdowns. Still, he has been consistent, and touchdowns are likely to come. Here are three players with similar values to Ertz that have also had slow starts to the year.

  • Devonta Freeman: Ranking as RB30, Freeman has totaled 60+ yards in the last three games, but he has not found the end zone yet this season. Freeman has also had just one good rushing game, averaging less than three yards per carry in the other three. But, like Ertz, he would rank alright if there were touchdowns.
  • Julian Edelman: Edelman has not performed up to expectations so far, sitting at WR34. The reality is that the Patriots haven’t been in crucial situations much this season, so Edelman will be used more when he is needed.
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster: A QB switch has hurt JuJu’s value. At least seven targets and 75+ yards in three-of-four games looks nice, but this offense isn’t going downfield much with Mason Rudolph. As his QB finds more confidence, JuJu should improve.

Aaron Jones (RB – GB)
Jones has been an interesting fantasy RB this season. He is in a clear backfield split with Jamaal Williams, often surrendering passing downs to him as the game goes on. Still, Jones sits at a respectable RB11 on the season. This ranking is impressive in part to the split previously mention, but also because he has faced four tough matchups and the Green Bay Packers offense has yet to hit its stride.

Despite the matchups and the offensive unit’s struggles, Jones has seen double-digit rushes in every game and at least one touchdown in the last three games. Those selling Jones feel he has been touchdown-dependent, and he is likely to regress. Others looking to buy stock in Jones note the easier schedule up ahead and hope the Packers offense gels and is able to play a full four quarters. These are three players that have seen struggles of their own, but there is certainly major upside.

  • James Conner: The Pittsburgh RB has had a rough start, barely ranking as a RB2. He has averaged just 11 carries, has failed to run over 50 yards, and he has scored only two touchdowns this season.
  • T.Y. Hilton: Hilton sat out last week with an injury but looks to be back for Week 5. He has scored in every game and is being fed the football by Jacoby Brissett, so he should be treated as a bordering WR1 every week he is healthy.
  • Odell Beckham Jr.: OBJ has gotten 37 targets, but they have not been fruitful. He has a 56.8 percent catch rate so far, but everything should improve as he and Baker Mayfield develop more of an on-field chemistry.

Davante Adams (WR – GB)
Adams made the list last week, after struggling through three games. However, he responded with a big Week 4 against the Eagles, going for a career-high 180 yards. Now, questions are less about the performance of Adams on the field. Instead, it’s because many do not know if he will be on the field, after suffering a toe injury in the game.

Tests on Adams’ toe came back negative, meaning he avoided major injury. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he may miss this week’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, and there’s always the risk that the injury either lingers or worsens, which would be a big problem for a receiver that relies on his elite route running. Whether you’re optimistic Adams returns to the field strong or you want to sell him after a big performance, these are three players that possess similar value that you could be included in a trade.

  • Melvin Gordon: We discussed Gordon above. He has a high ceiling, but workload questions cloud his value.
  • David Johnson: Running has been an issue, but Johnson has more fantasy points in PPR as a receiver than Julian Edelman, Adam Thielen and JuJu Smith-Schuster. He has good value, as long as you are credited for receptions.
  • Tyreek Hill: Like stated above, Hill is close to returning and is a WR1 when healthy. In that way, he is similar to Adams in fantasy.

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