NFL Fantasy Trade Analyzer: Go get Javonte Williams before it’s too late

With the PFN fantasy team as your Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer, let's examine three players to trade for and three players to trade away.

If you’re wondering when you should look to make trades, the correct answer is “always.” Shockingly, we’re heading into Week 6 of the NFL season, which can only be explained by some sort of sick wormhole that makes the things we enjoy go by way too fast. Whether you’re looking to shore up a title-contending fantasy football roster or kick-start a struggling roster, I’ll serve as your Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer — here are three players to trade for and three players to trade away.

Week 6 Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer | Three players to trade for this week

Who are the top players to trade for that you won’t have to spend lavishly to acquire?

Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos

So far to start the season, Williams has been splitting carries with veteran running back Melvin Gordon. Eventually, with increased usage and higher efficiency, Williams is going to take over this backfield. In Week 5, Williams saw 8 carries to Gordon’s 9, but he turned the opportunities into 61 rushing yards compared to Gordon’s 34. Williams possesses truly special physicality to go with his efficient running style, leading all of college football last year with 76 broken tackles, and it’s translated to the NFL.

Through five weeks, Williams is behind only Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry in forced missed tackles, with 19.

Gordon, on the other hand, has shown signs of regression, and his workload is reflecting it. After seeing 18 carries for 60 yards against the New York Jets in Week 3, he saw a combined 18 carries over the next two games. If you remove his Week 1 game where he managed one breakaway run against the Giants, Gordon is averaging 3.92 yards per carry this year. Williams is averaging 4.6.

Williams is currently an RB2/flex option that I believe will be a top-18 RB by the end of the season.

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins

In Week 3, Waddle was targeted 13 times, catching 12 of them. He looked the part of a PPR monster. Since then, he’s combined for 5 catches on 10 targets over two contests for 64 yards and no scores. Gross.

However, this needs to be taken into context. The Dolphins have been without Tua Tagovailoa, who has been designated to return from IR and has been back at practice the last two days. The Dolphins are coming off an embarrassing blowout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they now have the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, and New York Jets in four of their next six matchups. Waddle is going to bounce back in a huge way, and you should be trying to get him wherever you can.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams

Stafford’s fresh start in Los Angeles has been a huge upgrade to his fantasy stock. He’s the QB8 through five weeks, and he’s elevated Cooper Kupp to superstardom. However, Stafford looked human against Seattle last Thursday night, posting only 17.5 fantasy points.

Fantasy managers looking only at the fantasy points will be disappointed. Others, looking deeper, will see that he completed 67.6% of his passes for a season-high 365 passing yards. The only downer was that he threw only 1 touchdown, which was a season-low total.

Stafford is a mid-to-high QB1 this season and should be treated as such. Go get him from a frustrated fantasy manager.

Week 6 Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer | Three players to trade away this week

Who could you flip to help bring more assets to your fantasy squad?

Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints

Winston has been an emotional roller coaster this season, including a 5-touchdown performance in Week 1, followed by a 0-touchdown-and-2-interception performance in Week 2. On Sunday, Winston eviscerated the Washington defense for 279 yards and 4 touchdowns.

If you can find a manager in your league that’s hyper about this performance, combined with the possibility of Michael Thomas coming back later in this season, feel free to sell and move on. I want stability from my quarterback, and Winston isn’t going to give you that.

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins

Gaskin has seen more than 10 carries only once this season. In that game, he logged 65 rushing yards. Aside from that, he’s failed to top 50 rushing yards and hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown so far through five games.

Then Week 5 happened.

No, he didn’t do much on the ground (again): 5 carries for 25 yards. That’s not “starting running back” work. Nonetheless, what shocked the fantasy football world was the fact that he was targeted 10 times, catching all 10 for 74 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns.

Is he a PPR monster a la Austin Ekeler now? No. Will someone in your league think he is? Yes. Trade him to that person.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team

So, here’s the thing about Antonio Gibson. He’s a good athlete, that much we know. He was featured as a wide receiver in college, but he’s seen only 2 targets in each of the last four games. He saw a full workload in Week 5, receiving 20 carries, and he managed to get 2 rushing touchdowns against a good New Orleans Saints rush defense.

It’s hard to admit, but Gibson returns low-end RB1 value when he can make big plays. Other than that, he’s a middling RB2. Take out the 73-yard touchdown in Week 3, and his biggest play of the season is a 27-yard run in Week 1. The consistency is simply not there.

If you can sell him on name value, do it.

Jon Helmkamp is a fantasy football and NFL contributor for Pro Football Network. You can find him on Twitter: @JonHelmkamp and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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