Week 5 Byes: Browns, Buccaneers, Chargers, Seahawks

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Trade For…

Quarterback: C.J. Stroud

Stroud may be on waivers, which is insane. Check there first. If rostered, go get him. He’s been top 13 since Week 2 and hasn’t been sacked once in the last two weeks. Stroud has thrown for two TDs in each of the last three games and has a 6:0 TD: INT resulting in QB10 on the season. His 1,212 passing yards are the second-most all-time for a rookie’s first four games behind only Cam Newton. He’s got the 3rd most pass attempts and 4th most passing yards and is one of just three quarterbacks this season to play all four games without throwing an interception. This kid is legit, and the window on acquiring him is closing quickly. Swap Joe Burrow for Stroud and another piece.

Running Back: Isiah Pacheco

When you think of the Chiefs offense, you think of big plays and lots of passing. Well, not this year. Pacheco is 13th in carries and 10th in rushing yards among running backs. He’s also put up the 9th most receiving yards (90) on just 12 targets. His rush attempts have increased each week, and he’s scored a TD in each of the last two games. Pacheco has plus matchups the next five weeks (MIN, DENx2, LAC, MIA) before bye Week 10. I’d move Mixon, Stevenson and Pierce for Pacheco straight up if I could.

Wide Receiver: Romeo Doubs

Doubs has his bye coming up in Week 6, so don’t sell out too hard to get him, but he’s absolutely worth an effort. He had a down week in Week 3, but WR14, 17 and 10 otherwise. Last week (with Christian Watson and Aaron Jones playing), Doubs went for season-highs in targets (13), receptions (9) and yards (95). Only Tyreek Hill and Stefon Diggs have more touchdowns than him, and he’s the clear first read for Jordan Love right now. We heard this preseason too. Watson will grow into his role as he gets healthier, but Doubs is the guy for now. 

Tight End: Cole Kmet

Kmet is TE3 in PPR. He’s 7th in targets and 5th in receiving yards among TEs and has seen at least six targets in three of four games. He was TE1 in Week 4, and Justin Fields may be trending back in the right direction. Kmet had two scores last week, so that’ll inflate his numbers, but I’d rather have him than Kyle Pitts, and I think you can make that trade easy. 


Trade Away…

Quarterback: Mac Jones

This is more of a Superflex note because nobody in a single QB league should be starting Jones. His passing attempts, competitions and yards have declined each of the last four weeks. He was QB2 in Week 1, but since then, he’s QB24, 22 and 33. He was benched at the end of Week 4. Look for Josh Dobbs, Sam Howell, Jimmy Garoppolo or Zach Wilson off waivers.

Running Back: Javonte Williams

Williams just simply isn’t healthy yet. He’s 23rd in carries and 31st in yards. He lacks explosiveness and injured his hip flexor Sunday. He’s hurt, and Jaleel McLaughlin looks to be moving into the lead role for Denver. Javonte had a season-high of 13 carries in Week 1, but that has trended down since. He has zero TDs on the year, and Russel Wilson is actually cooking. Unless you want to wait this out by putting him on your IR, I’d try to move for a high-level handcuff or budding WR2.

Wide Receiver: Ja’Marr Chase

Chase’s finishes in PPR this season – WR44, 66, 6 and 27. He’s 6th in both targets and receptions among wide receivers but 16th in yards and hasn’t scored! He’s had no more than seven targets in any game other than his 12 in Week 3. Burrow looks uneasy, to say the least, and Chase is clearly unhappy per his postgame presser. Don’t give him away, but if you can flip Chase for Nico Collins and Jamyr Gibbs, I’d do that in a heartbeat.

Tight End: Dallas Goedert

Goedert is getting targets. He’s just not doing anything with them. He’s TE30 which simply doesn’t make sense, and he’s yet to score and has a season-high of just 41 yards in Week 3. The Eagles have a tough time getting the ball around to Goedert after AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, the run game, and Jalen Hurts himself gets looks. I like Goedert in general, but unless there is an injury to others, he’s not reliable. 

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