Fantasy Football Buy Low, Sell High: 10 Trade Candidates Ahead of Week 5
In fantasy football, you can expect overreactions to player performances on a weekly basis. If a high-profile player disappoints, managers may panic enough to let them go for cheap. If an unexpected player dominates the week, many will scramble and spend a ton of their free-agent acquisition budget (FAAB) to secure that player on their roster.
It’s important to look deeper into a player’s production before making irrational decisions. If you are the one in your league reading this, I hope that you can take advantage of each situation as they come.
Each week, I will present some players you should either sell high or buy low on while you can. Almost everything in fantasy football is a result of short-term memory. If you don’t act quickly, you will miss out on opportunities that can make or break your fantasy season.
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Fantasy Football Players to Buy Low in Week 5
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Although George Kittle hasn’t performed the way we all expected through the first four games, he’s still an elite talent at a volatile position. He’s currently the TE10 in PPR scoring, ranks third in targets, fourth in receiving yards, and fifth in receptions among tight ends.
Most likely, the Kittle manager is feeling frustrated considering the draft capital they spent on him. This may be the best time to make an offer for him as he’s coming off a lackluster performance of 4 receptions for 40 yards. He was targeted his season-high 11 times! Let’s not lose faith in a potential top-three tight end just yet. Trade for him if you can and you will have a league winner in your tight end spot.
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
Daniel Jones is not the sexiest of names at the quarterback position, which is probably why he’s still only rostered in 34% of leagues. You could even get him for free off waivers!
He is coming off his best performance of the year, throwing for 402 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s the QB6 on the season and is becoming one of the safest quarterbacks for fantasy football with his running ability. He’s third in rush attempts and rushing yards, and fourth in rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks.
A.J. Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Anytime you have the chance to acquire a receiving weapon of Kyler Murray, you do it. A.J. Green has been a great addition to the Cardinals receiver group. Through the first four weeks, Green has exactly six targets in each game. He has just one fewer target and two fewer receptions than team leader DeAndre Hopkins. He leads all Arizona Cardinals with 248 receiving yards and is somehow only rostered in 41% of leagues.
A.J. Green is proving he’s not washed. He’s a valuable asset for Kyler Murray and could be a valuable asset for your fantasy squads. Green provides a safe floor with high-upside any given week.
Additional Fantasy Football Buy Low Players
- Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers
- James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Fantasy Football Players to Sell High in Week 5
Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets
I had high expectations for Corey Davis coming into this season. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been very consistent and I can’t blame him. Through four weeks, he has bookended two “meh” performances with two amazing fantasy production games in Weeks 1 and 4.
This is the type of boom or bust you can expect from a guy catching passes from rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. If you have enough safe-floor players on your team to make up for Davis’ down weeks, maybe you want to keep him. If you find yourself with too many boom or bust type guys, it may be the best time to sell high on Corey Davis. It’s much easier to make the move after his 111 receiving yards and one-touchdown performance than if you were to wait for another 2 receptions for 8 yards type of game.
You could likely pair him with another player to upgrade at a position of need.
John Ross III, WR, New York Giants
John Ross III had an impressive 2021 debut with the Giants in Week 4. He hauled in 3 of his 4 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. A great stat line, however, there are reasons for his production which concern me for him going forward.
Week 4 was the most Daniel Jones had thrown all year. The results were great for Ross, but Jones threw the ball 40 times and targeted Ross just 4 times. Another important thing to note; both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton did not play in Week 4. This played a role in John Ross’ involvement.
The truth is, many will just look at the stat line and say “John Ross scored 20+ fantasy points in his first game of the season! I want that guy!” It’s perfectly fine to feel that way, but ignoring the situations that led to his production is where you can get in trouble.
Damien Williams, RB, Chicago Bears
With David Montgomery out for the next 4-5 weeks with a sprained knee, Damien Williams is expected to take over as the lead back in Chicago. His roster percentage went from 8% to 66% overnight! I’m not saying he shouldn’t be rostered, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that Williams is a rental player for a short period.
Regardless of how well Williams may play in the coming weeks, Tarik Cohen is expected to be back soon, and when Montgomery returns, Williams will have little to no fantasy value.
If you have Damien Williams, you could sell him to the David Montgomery manager or to a team who is desperate at the running back position. In return, you will get a player that will be an asset all year instead of just for a few weeks like Williams.
Additional Fantasy Football Sell High Players
- Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
- Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears