With Week 5 in the books, we are approximately a third of the way through the fantasy season. As a result, you should have a pretty good idea of where your team is headed. If you’re 4-1 or 5-0, you should be feeling pretty good about your odds of making the playoffs. However, that doesn’t mean you should forgo trading. You will likely have at least one player that you feel is over-performing, and doesn’t seem likely to keep it up. Selling high on a player here can be particularly effective if you are trading with a desperate owner, who can’t afford to wait on their stud to start performing.
On the other hand, if you’re 1-4, or 0-5, it’s likely time to go into panic mode. With that said, you shouldn’t be running off and selling your assets willy-nilly. Instead, you should be making calculated acquisitions for players to help you improve your team, and hopefully squeak into the playoffs. You don’t want to be one of those owners I alluded to earlier, overpaying for over-performing players. At the same time, you need wins badly, so you can afford to be a little bolder with your trade talks.
Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
Martin has been on the sidelines with a hamstring injury since week 2. This will likely have dealt a serious injury to the team that drafted him in the late second. If they have a poor record, they may not be able to sit and wait for him to get healthy. This could result in an owner being willing to sell him at his lowest value in order to save their season.
So why should you buy him? Well, for starters, it’s looking like Martin will be back after his week 6 bye. Also, with Charles Sims placed on injured reserve, the Martin’s primary competition will be Jacquizz Rodgers. He should have no problem taking his job back, and will likely receive even more of the workload than he previously did. This makes him a great target for a team that can afford to take the hit of his bye week. Oh, he also faces the Saints in weeks 14 and 16.
Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
Most of Edelman’s owners were expecting a big week in Tom Brady’s return game. They were rewarded with 5 catches for 35 yards. This might allow some doubt into his owner’s minds, and put them into selling mode. What they might not have noticed was that the Browns seemed to be intent on stopping Edelman during this game. Despite that, Brady still targeted Edelman 10 times. Don’t be scared on the low total for this game. Edelman and Brady will be back in business soon.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
This has to be a priority sell for you. Seriously, stop reading this and go send out trade offers to ship him off before he loses his value entirely. He has not faced any real solid run defenses as of yet, but has still managed just 3.4 yards-per-carry. He has also lost fumbles in back to back games, and been inefficient in almost every aspect.
Gordon will face some much tougher defenses over the remainder of the season, including Denver twice in the next 3 games. His value is about to fall off a cliff, and I would try to pawn him off on a sucker now.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
This isn’t a knock on Jeffery. He’s a fantastic player, and a fantasy stud when he’s not sidelined by injuries. However, a receiver needs his quarterback to throw him the ball. Brian Hoyer has not proven that he enjoys looking Jeffery’s way (this included when he is wide open for a game winning touchdown). With recent news out of Chicago suggesting that the job may be Hoyer’s to lose, it could be a while until Jeffery gets the ball reliably again. If you’re in a tough spot, feel free to cut bait early while his value is still high.
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