In today’s intro I’m going to focus on a player that I nearly included in last week’s article.
I was going to include Kyle Pitts in last week’s article but my true belief was that anyone that selected him that high in last year’s rookie draft was going to hold onto him through his slow start so he wasn’t worth the time in my article. However, I was offered Pitts in a deal in the middle of last week that I pulled the trigger on so I was all set to list him as a player to target in this week’s article since I saw firsthand that it could be done… and then Sunday vs. the Jets happened.
So I’m once again leaving Pitts out of this week’s article, but by all means if you’re able to land him in a trade, go ahead and get that taken care of!
Also, even though you don’t care about my fantasy team, I left Pitts on the bench in favor of Alex Collins. I guess that explains why I don’t write our weekly start/sit article…
Here are this week’s potential targets!
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
Not taking anything away from Jones who rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season on Sunday, but did you witness A.J. Dillon post nearly 16 half-PPR points while catching all four of his targets in the same game? As a Jones owner I wouldn’t personally have an issue with Dillon getting this much of a split of the Packers’ backfield, but I’m willing to bet there may be a handful of owners that don’t appreciate their bell-cow’s workload being cut into. I talk about this nearly ever week, but we all know how difficult it is to trade for a top running back in dynasty, but maybe Dillon’s increased workload, mixed with the real-life draft capital Green Bay invested into him, is enough to make your league’s current (Jones) owner willing to listen to offers. There’s also a chance your league’s Jones owner doesn’t have the best win/loss record after the first five weeks of the season and wants to try to maximize the return they can receive on Jones before he turns 27 in a couple of months. Green Bay gets Chicago, Washington, Arizona and Kansas city its next four games, so I’m expecting some high over/under totals and some solid fantasy production to go along it.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Higgins posted back-to-back, 13-fantasy point weeks prior to missing week’s three and four due to injury. He scored just seven fantasy points last week against Green Bay, and once again it was Ja’Marr Chase stealing the show as he’s quickly emerged as the Bengals’ WR1. However, we witnessed Higgins put up eight double-digit fantasy point efforts last year (his rookie season) and the Bengals’ up-and-coming offense looks as though it’ll be more than capable of supporting two fantasy-relevant wide receivers for the foreseeable future. Young talent is difficult to acquire so you’ll have to pay up, but now may be the time with Chase stealing the limelight.
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins
Waddle has yet to have a breakout game like we’ve seen from the likes of Chase, Rondale Moore and DeVonta Smith, but I’ll chalk that up to being a good thing in the event you’re going to attempt to acquire him. Miami’s offense has been a complete mess since Tua Tagovailoa went down early in week two with injured ribs. With Tagovailoa eligible to return from IR this week, this may be your window to trade for Waddle before a potential breakout. Not that Tua’s return automatically equals a Waddle breakout because that’s not exactly what I foresee happening, but the Dolphins’ offense was tailored to Tua’s strengths this offseason so if there was ever going to be Waddle breakout weeks his rookie season it was going to be with Tua at quarterback. I recommend this trade more so for those looking to build for the future, but there may be some decent immediate return with Will Fuller on IR and DeVante Parker banged up.
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
It’s become the Justin Herbert/Mike Williams show in LA. Williams is the WR1 in standard scoring and WR2 in PPR leagues through five weeks while Allen is WR29 (standard) & WR18 (PPR). With Allen playing second fiddle to Williams so far this season, now may be the time to land one of the league’s most complete wide receivers if you’re in win-now mode. Allen is 29 years old so it’s not like he’s ancient by any means, but landing him now allows you to obtain a wide receiver that I believe will remain one of the most consistent scorers for the remainder of the season while also having 3-5 above-average years left in the tank. Acquiring a piece of this offense will be costly, even if it is the team’s second-best option at the position at present time, but it’s just a matter of time before Allen begins flirting with 100 yards and a touchdown on a weekly basis. Overpay if you have to… Allen will put you over the top this season.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
One of my biggest misses so far this season has been Kenyan Drake. I really believed both Jacobs and Drake could exist in the Raiders’ backfield, but Drake hasn’t reached double-digit fantasy points yet this season and has seen his percentage of snaps played drop from 43% to 35% to 18% each of the last three weeks. Jacobs had a two-touchdown performance in week one before missing the next two weeks due to injury. He didn’t do much week four vs. the Chargers, and posted 48 rushing yards on just 3.2 yards per carry last week against the Bears. However, the Raiders’ offense in general was out of sync last week vs. Chicago and I expect the team to rebound quickly in an attempt to stay in the race for the AFC West (they play Denver in week six). Jacobs is another player you’re going to have to pay up for as no one is going to be giving much of a discount on a 23-year-old running back, but the opportunity to land Jacobs definitely exists after quite a few up-and-down weeks throughout his NFL career.