Fantasy Football Buy or Sell: Wide Receiver Edition
Fantasy Football Week 6 Reaction: Wide Receiver Buy or Sell
The sixth Sunday of the NFL season was a very exciting one. The Jacksonville Jaguars almost had a lead against the Denver Broncos. Tom Brady drove the New England Patriots downfield for a last-second touchdown. The St. Louis Rams dominated the Houston Texans. I could go on and on, but I won't. The biggest takeaway from Sunday's game were, again, the injuries. Despite owners already losing Julio Jones to season-ending injury, Danny Amendola, Randall Cobb and James Jones were hurt on Sunday.
There were some bright spots at the wide receiver position. Justin Blackmon continues to shine for the disappointing Jaguars. The Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers will be fine with either Michael Vick or Nick Foles under center. There were 20 wideouts with at least 10 fantasy points and 10 with more than 15.
Many fantasy leagues have a trade deadline which is quickly approaching in Week 12, and owners are looking to make a deal or two to improve their teams and make a run at their leagues' championships. It's important to know which players are worth trading for and which should be shipped to another team.
In this slideshow, I'll list three receivers who you need to make a move to get and three you can trade to another team. For the sake of clarity, receivers like Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant will not be on this list. They are too valuable to not only their real team, but fantasy teams as well. With that being said, let's get this show on the road.
Buy: Rueben Randle
The second-year wideout has now scored in back to back games. Rueben Randle has become a viable threat to an otherwise poor New York Giants team. As Eli Manning's No. 3 option, Randle will continue to see a decent number of targets. In the last two games, Randle has caught nine passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. With Victor Cruz not breaking away for long plays like he was last year and Hakeem Nicks being hit or miss, he will be a good flex for deeper leagues and a nice bye-week fill in. Now is the time to jump on the Randle bandwagon.
Sell: Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas had his third-worst game this season, posting three receptions for 78 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. He was the Denver Broncos' leading receiver, but was fifth in targets behind Knowshon Moreno, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas. Thomas has not eclipsed 100 receiving yards since Week 1. Even with Peyton Manning under center, it's safe to say there isn't enough football to go around for all of these weapons. Thomas may be your No. 1 receiver, but you can still get a top-10 running back if you were to trade him. He still has some value in Denver.
Buy: Kenbrell Thompkins
Rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins did not see much action in the first half against the New Orleans Saints as he was outplayed by co-rookie Aaron Dobson (six receptions for 63 yards). But that didn't matter as Tom Brady went to Thompkins for the game-winning touchdown, and he didn't disappoint. He now has four touchdowns in as many weeks. With Danny Amendola receiving another injury, Thompkins should see more targets in the upcoming weeks. He is still available in a decent amount of ESPN.com leagues, so go pick him up. If not, the trade value for Thompkins is at Brian Hartline, Joique Bell-type levels. So, you wouldn't have to give up much.
Sell: Danny Amendola
Speaking of Danny Amendola, who didn't see this coming? In four years with the St. Louis Rams, he played in 42 games and starting in just 17 (out of a possible 64). He's missed three games with the New England Patriots so far and could miss even more time. He left Sunday's game with an apparent head injury late in the fourth quarter. He had two receptions for zero yards. If you own Amendola, he should have been sold yesterday. However, it will be tough to get fair value for him now. If you need to get rid of him, look to get someone like a BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but even that might be a little too much.
Buy: Justin Blackmon
Justin Blackmon proves that you don't need to be on a winning team or have an elite quarterback to help fantasy owners. Since returning from a four-game suspension, Blackmon has back-to-back 19-point fantasy games. All of the experts projected that he would be thrown right into this offense when he returned and they weren't wrong. Though, he's still owned in just 53 percent of ESPN.com leagues. He had 14 receptions on 20 targets against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. With Cecil Shorts III injuring his shoulder and a game against the San Diego Chargers on the horizon, Blackmon should be 100 percent owned by the end of the week.
Sell: Denarius Moore
Denarius Moore now has back-to-back 80-yard, one-touchdown games after Sunday. He is clearly the No. 1 option for Terrelle Pryor, with Rod Streater coming in at No. 2. Moore had 10 targets against the Kansas City Chiefs and now averages more than eight targets per game over the last four weeks. The Oakland Raiders are on a bye in Week 7, so Moore won't help fantasy owners next week. If you own him, target someone who lost Julio Jones or Randall Cobb to injury. He is definitely worth selling while the iron is hot, as he won't be able to keep up this kind of production, and you could get a nice player in return.
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