There are some really big names to target when looking into trades for your fantasy team right now, and I'm here to guide you to towards these stars in trying to shape up your teams for the run to the playoffs. Let's get into some names that may be valued too low for what they're worth, and others who should be sold now to capitalize on their peak value.
Last week, Mixon was on the field for 72% of the Bengals' offensive snaps against the Saints, good for 9th highest in the league amongst RBs. This is a fairly routine usage rate for Mixon, who averages a snap share of about 73.3%. The thing is, the Cincinnati offense looked really good this week - better than it has all season long - against a fairly strong defense. Mixon's RB12 production in PPR should increase if the offense continues to roll as it did on Sunday, which is something I'm willing to bet will happen. Further, we already know Mixon is reliable at this point, as there is no real threat to his snaps that we know of. Buy Mixon now while his value is probably at its lowest point.
If I had one word to describe the Cardinals' season thus far, I'd go with "messy." Their game plans, execution, and overall results have just been a mixed bag mostly consisting of "meh" and "bad." With Deandre Hopkins - someone who I already advised you buy low on - set to return this week, and a fairly easy upcoming schedule, the Cardinals may be able to move the ball a bit better going forward. When this offense is on, we see a lot of Kyler Murray using his legs and airing the ball out to Hopkins. These elements are all you could possibly ask for in an upside search for your fantasy quarterback. Kyler has the upside to really raise his standing into the area that Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson currently sit at in fantasy. We had really high expectations for K1 heading into the year, and now is the time to bet on those expectations to turn into reality.
Sutton - up until now - had consistently been Russell Wilson's favorite target on a game to game basis in Denver, and usually by a wide margin too. He was the most targeted player in 4 of the Broncos' 6 games so far. Just because his target share was uncharacteristically low and he didn't produce in week 6 doesn't mean I'm all of a sudden giving up on him. The Broncos have not looked good, and Sutton is coming off a bust of a week. This is a prime opportunity to cash in on your leaguemate's fears and take Sutton from them at a great value. The Broncos actually moved the ball in the first half last night believe it or not, and if we can get some of THAT offense every game, their skill position players will benefit. Sutton is the one that I want most, as his floor typically consists of double digit targets.
This may feel like I'm trying to make a hot take, but this is nothing you haven't heard before. This has pretty much been a 50/50 timeshare with Kareem Hunt, and the RB3 production we've been getting from Chubb is unsustainable with such usage. The touchdown production is bound to regress, and he's simply not going to rush for 100 yards every game with this low usage. Obviously, you shouldn't be shipping Chubb off for nothing, but if you find an elite piece in the return, pull the trigger.
I know the Cam Akers news may lead you Henderson owners to believe that he will now be a bell cow back who can win you your league. I have a multitude of problems with this assumption. Firstly, even if Henderson were to become a true three down back, he hasn't exactly given us the production in the past to warrant excitement about the current situation. Even this past week, he turned the 10th highest snap share in the league into 13.2 PPR points, a fairly mediocre outing placing him as week 6's RB16. This was during a week where backs like Derrick Henry, Deandre Swift/Jamaal Williams, Dameon Pierce, and Josh Jacobs had byes. Next, I am not even sure he will even become this all purpose back on this team as is. Sean McVay seems to like the borderline committee approach he took this week with Malcolm Brown taking 25% of the RB snaps. It would not really come as a surprise if this number were to increase in the future. Finally, rookie RB Kyren Williams is set to return from injury any week now, and he appeared to be in a good light with this coaching staff after the draft. He's likely to get involved even if Brown doesn't. To say the least, Henderson's future outlook is murky.
Keenan Allen is going to be back very soon, which means the ceiling on Mike Williams becomes dramatically lower. Even with Keenan out, Williams has been one of the most boom or bust players in the league, routinely dropping either 100 yards and a touchdown or not much at all. I would rather get rid of the headache now, and let his new owner deal with both the inconsistency and the imminent return of the real number one receiver in the Chargers' offense.