Earlier today, when I should have been writing this article instead of negotiating fantasy football trades, I bought low on Keenan Allen. Yesterday, it was Jaylen Waddle. Last week it was Antonio Brown. Yes, I trade a lot. Why? Because every day, there are dozens of screaming buy-low candidates waiting to be plucked from unsuspecting opponents — let’s break down some ripe opportunities for Week 6.
Week 6 Buy Low: AFC Trade Targets
Now that I’ve highlighted Allen, Waddle, and Brown, here are three other undervalued wide receivers you should target heading into Week 6. I’ll start with the AFC.
Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars
Forget last week. I repeat, forget last week — 1 reception on 3 targets? For a guy averaging 7 targets a game heading into Week 5, this was an anomaly. Currently the WR51, Shenault is a screaming bargain coming off what probably will be his lowest fantasy output of the year. His top competition consists of Marvin Jones, Tavon Austin, and Jamal Agnew. As Trevor Lawrence grows increasingly comfortable in this offense, Shenault should catapult into the top 35.
Right now, you can probably get him for a weak RB3 like Mike Davis or even a fringe TE starter like Noah Fant. Shenault is too talented not to be featured in an offense desperate for playmakers. Buy low immediately.
Week 6 Buy Low: NFC Trade Targets
Let’s continue with the NFC on players to poach in a trade.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
When I joined Pro Football Network two weeks ago, one of the first things I heard PFN Fantasy Analyst Tommy Garrett say was, “I’m big on Amon-Ra St. Brown.” At the time, the rookie had collected only 6 receptions and 43 yards in three games. But Tommy had been singing this tune all year, even writing in August that St. Brown was “the cheapest WR1 there is in fantasy.”
What was the big deal? What did Tommy see that most analysts didn’t? One element was opportunity — a key factor for breakout fantasy candidates. This offseason, Detroit lost their three best wideouts: Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola. This vacuum placed the franchise No. 1 in the NFL in vacated targets (64%), vacated targets inside the 10-yard line (50%), and intended air yards (72%).
Quintez Cephus’ broken collarbone and T.J. Hockenson’s recent struggles and nagging knee injury — as well as game flow that has led the Lions to throw the fifth-most passes — have opened the door for St. Brown. Keep an eye on Tyrell Williams’ (concussion) potential Week 6 or Week 7 return along with Hockenson’s health status. But regardless, St. Brown has a clear path to being Detroit’s No. 1 wideout this year. If we pay market value for him now, you should get a much bigger return down the road.
Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Do not quit on Ridley. After finishing as the WR5 last year, it seemed the sky was the limit with Julio Jones gone heading into 2021. But he enters Atlanta’s Week 6 bye as merely the WR26, overshadowed by upstart Cordarrelle Patterson (RB3) and rookie phenom Kyle Pitts (TE7).
A former first-round draft pick signed through 2022, the 26-year-old Ridley is far from finished. That said, he comes with a yellow flag, having missed last weekend’s London game due to “personal reasons.” So if you trade for him, you might need to contend with the mysterious circumstances surrounding his absence, which at this time still haven’t been explained.
That said, his WR2/3 value is too reasonable to pass up — particularly if you can snag him at the lower end of that spectrum. If an 0-5, 1-4, or even 2-3 opponent is rostering him, s/he might desperately need to plug a Week 6 lineup hole. They don’t need potential. They need wins. And you can seize on that sense of urgency and take a chance on a receiver who, if things break right, could help you win a title.