As we enter the sixth week of the NFL season, fantasy owners are diving into trades; proposals are flying around for sleepers, rookies, and Le’Veon Bell. Many owners are still uncertain however on who exactly they should trade as players explode for 20 points after averaging five for the first four weeks of the season or vice versa.
Look at Ryan Fitzpatrick. The hot hand who torched defenses in the first three weeks of the season, ultimately costing me my week four matchup by scoring three points and getting benched. So before you accept that trade proposal that you’re probably going to regret later in the year, here are some answers to some of the most difficult questions in fantasy.
*All statistics are based off the PPR fantasy football system
Is Jameis Winston a starting quarterback on my fantasy team?
Winston returned to action in week four against the Bears after Ryan Fitzpatrick got benched and ended with 6.5 fantasy points. Not the greatest comeback story, but Winston saw career highs in completion percentage (64%) and interception rate (2.5%) in 2017. Winston has the seventh best fantasy receiver duo, is healthy, and has the struggling Atlanta defense in front of him for a real introduction for his 2018 season. You’ll regret benching the Florida State Heisman winner, so don’t.
Is Kenyan Drake legit?
Last week Drake exploded for 24.5 points on 46 yards rushing, 69 yards receiving, and a touchdown. Now, fantasy owners are left confused on what to do with him as not only has he averaged 8.5 points before week five, he’s only gotten 11 carries the past three games. Drake has averaged 30.6 rushing yards and 7.8 carries per game along with two touchdowns on the year. The two games where he’s scored more than 15 points have been when he’s scored a touchdown and totaled four or more receptions. In my opinion, he’s a cable TV version of Chris Thompson and thus should stay on your bench- unless somehow you can sell high. (Unless you’re REALLY desperate)
What to do with James Conner and Le’Veon Bell?
Although James Conner has been ballin out this season in fantasy, if Bell does return to the Steelers, he’s going to get the start. Bell and Conner could be a dangerous running back committee, but expect Bell to get most of the workload and big games for Conner to diminish. For fantasy owners with Bell, keep him on your team as he’s going to be the factor in your playoff push. If you’ve got Conner, keep starting him until Bell comes back, but at the same time look for trades with fantasy owners desperate for any boost on their team.
What’s the deal with Larry Legend?
Fitzgerald has earned the status as a locked and loaded WR1 over almost his entire career. This year has been the opposite as he is averaging seven points a game and has lost the trust of his owners. Due to his high ADP, a lot of fantasy teams he’s on are struggling, which puts his owners in a win-now mode. If you have him, you should use his name and try to package him for players that don’t necessarily have full season value, but have high value for 2-3 weeks. This will hopefully keep your team afloat and you can make moves from there.
Has Jordan Reed fallen off?
No. He’s still the same talented tight end Redskin fans have come to love. The connection between Alex Smith and Reed has not flourished like many of us thought, but it will come with time. Try to target him after this week’s matchup against the tough Panther D, because the fantasy owner with Reed will most likely be quite frustrated after the bust last week against Saints. Reed will provide great games this season, and due to the tragic tight end situation in the league, he will give you a great advantage against most opponents. Reed is looking to recreate his last healthy season wheree he had 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Can Dalvin Cook return to form?
Cook has dealt with a nagging hamstring for most of the season after tearing his ACL last year, but I still believe he can rejuvenate the disappointing Vikings. He has the talent and opportunity to be a clear RB1. Don’t allow the offensive line of the Vikings to scare you away from Cook, because last year Cook’s elusive rating was ranked seventh in the league. If you can afford to not start him this week against the Cardinals, you shouldn’t. He was limited in practice on Thursday, which is a bad sign for production on Sunday. If you can target him in your league, go for it.
Waiver Pickup of the Week: D’onta Foreman
Any time you encounter a player with a solid path to being his team’s starting running back, you’ve got to take your opportunity. Foreman has received raving reviews on his recovery from his achilles injury last November. He will most likely take over the struggling Texans rushing attack when he comes off the PUP week seven. In his shortened rookie year Foreman averaged a quality 4.3 YPC, which is better than Lamar Miller’s 3.9 and Alfred Blue’s 3.3.
That’s all for this week! Follow these pieces of advice and you’ll be golden in your week six matchup. Good luck!