Trade, Drop & Hold: Time to Capitalize

The fact that you’re reading this particular article this week is nothing short of a miracle.

Sunday afternoon was quite a blow to the 2020 fantasy season as Dak Prescott’s brutal injury left me without one of the game’s best fantasy quarterbacks in 60 percent of the leagues I’m in this season.

I usually believe in diversification, but man, stockpiling Prescott was looking like a brilliant move up until about 5:30pm (CST) Sunday evening.

On top of losing Prescott, my own life was put in danger this weekend thanks in large part to Busch Light and Makers Mark.

A fall down my basement stairs at 2:30am (CST) has left me with bruised ribs, a limp, and one hell of a mess to clean up as apparently it’s impossible to balance a bratwurst with shredded cheese sprinkled on top of it while you body surf down your basement stairs.

So even though I’m injured, and I’m not really in the mood to be writing since my 33-year-old body feels closer to 80 today, I’m here for you and I think I’ve got some sound advice as we get set for Week 6.

Trade: Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

The title of this week’s article was basically dedicated to Chase Claypool after the monster week he had against the Philadelphia Eagles. Claypool’s breakout game included 110 yards on seven receptions while scoring three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground.

Four-touchdown days are pretty rare, but four-touchdown days out of a rookie are nearly unheard of. Because of this 40-point fantasy week, you’re likely never going to get more back in a trade for Claypool than you will leading up to Week 6.

One of the best aspects to trading Claypool is the fact that you likely invested little-to-no actual draft capital to acquire him, so theoretically, your team should be pretty set at the wide receiver position without him, and you may be able to land a running back in return that you’re able to use on a weekly basis.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin holds back on praise for WR Chase Claypool

Playing in the Steelers’ offense, especially with JuJu Smith-Schuster receiving the bulk of opposing team’s attention, Claypool will definitely have additional boom weeks throughout the season. However, I don’t anticipate Claypool being a guy that you’re going to want to rely on as a weekly starter, making trade compensation (especially in the form of a RB) the best form of return you can get out of him this fantasy season.

It’s also worth mentioning that Diontae Johnson left the Steelers/Eagles game with a back injury, and while it looks like he may miss some time due to the injury, his eventual return will dip into the looks that Claypool receives for the remainder of the season.

As mentioned earlier, you likely plucked Claypool off the waiver wire a couple of weeks ago, and if you’re fortunate enough to still have him on your roster, now is the time to see what you can get for him.

Drop: A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

I didn’t want it to end like this. I actually considered making A.J. Green my drop of the week a couple of weeks ago, but I told myself I needed to hold on a little longer since Joe Burrow and the Bengals were passing the ball at such an incredible high rate.

However, Sunday’s zero-catch performance on one lone target is the final nail on the coffin for me. If you’re in a 14- or 16-man league, I think you’ll want to hold on a little longer and see how things play out; but in a standard 12-man league, I think it’s safe to say that you can cut ties with Green if you’re looking to add a player from the waivers this week.

A player that several fantasy analysts thought would post borderline WR2/3 numbers in 2020, after basically an entire year off from football, has been a complete letdown for fantasy owners as he has just 14 receptions for 119 yards on the season.

Bengals players, coaches comment on A.J. Green after strange viral vid

Truly solidifying the decision to drop Green is the fact that he had to leave Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, so he’s now a candidate to miss time due to injury – a label that we’ve all associated with Green for quite some time now.

Additionally, as we’ve seen Green’s targets and production slipping, we’ve seen an increase in usage out of rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins as he’s seen 24 targets over the last three weeks compared to just 12 from Green.

The Bengals are going to have to continue to air it out late in games, but don’t let the idea of garbage-time fantasy points fool you. If you can add a more consistent wide receiver from the waiver wire, and you’re on the fence about dropping Green, let this article be the extra nudge you needed.

Hold: Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks’ running back Chris Carson lands as my “hold” this week in case there are any sneaky players in your fantasy league looking to capitalize on Carson’s eight carries in Week 5 against the Vikings.

Carson salvaged a decent fantasy night with six receptions and a 29-yard touchdown in the team’s narrow victory over the Vikings, but receiving just eight carries as the team’s workhorse running back can be a little jarring.

It’s unlikely that you’re in a position to trade a quality RB such as Carson, but I’m here to tell you to ignore any potential trade requests for Carson for a few different reasons.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson does not need surgery on his hip

First, Carson hasn’t topped 80 rushing yards in a single game this season, yet he’s still posted four weeks with at least 16 fantasy points and he’s only failed to reach double digits once.

Second, Carson gets a bye this week in Week 6, affording him more time to truly get healthy after likely rushing back from the MCL sprain he suffered back in Week 3.

Finally, Carson has been extremely efficient with his receptions this season, catching 21 of 23 targets while also adding three receiving touchdowns, so he’s proven that he’ll never really be phased out of the team’s game plan regardless of what the score is.

One of the driving factors for putting Carson as my hold this week is because I see him as a player to target in trades if you’re able to make it happen. I’m personally attempting to acquire him in a couple of different leagues this week, and if I’m able to do it, I believe I’m easily winning the trade.

So don’t be the guy that loses a trade involving Carson, just hold onto him and ride him out as a weekly starter.

Ben Morgan is a co-host and blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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