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Fantasy football trade targets: Week 5

It's time to make a few calls in your league to see who's on the trade block. If you own Matt Asiata, put a for sale sign on him today.

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Some buy-low targets are starting to pay off now four games into the year. Kelvin Benjamin and Travis Kelce have both been featured in this column multiple times. They paid off for anyone who bought in prior to Week 4.

This week we're looking at a few studs who are failing to live up to their potential, along with some overperformers that can be shipped out for better long-term players in Week 5.


Bishop Sankey

He was on the list of players to buy last week, and I'm sticking by the notion. Sankey probably isn't the most enticing player to target based on his year to date production. But that's exactly why you should be looking to buy right now.

Sankey is averaging 0.41 points per opportunity (carries plus pass routes run) in standard leagues. That's a better average than Le'Veon Bell, Rashad Jennings and a majority of running backs who are starters. It's obvious he's the most talented runner in the Titans backfield.

Ken Whisenhunt finally praised the rookie after Week 4, saying his footwork is improving. Thank goodness. There's no way Sankey could average 5.94 yards per carry through four weeks with bad footwork.

Tennessee is on a three-game losing streak. Charlie Whitehurst started under center on Sunday. How long are we going to play this game pretending Sankey doesn't deserve more touches? He's going to get there eventually, and you'll be glad you stashed him.

Matthew Stafford

He's not a model of consistency, but that's exactly why owners would most likely want to get rid of him. Stafford put up a complete dud in Week 3, failing to score a single touchdown and turning the ball over three times. He also scored just one touchdown in Week 2.

Stafford stepped up Sunday, though, finishing with three total touchdowns and no turnovers. If you're worried about his volatility, take a peek at his upcoming schedule. Over the next four games he gets Buffalo, Minnesota, New Orleans and Atlanta. Points are coming.

Stafford has completed nine passes on targets of 20-plus yards. He only trails Matt Ryan and Andrew Luck in that category. He can push the ball downfield for huge plays (having Calvin Johnson helps just a bit), and if you're in a league with deep passing or scoring bonuses, Stafford is even more valuable.

Keep in mind his Week 16 matchup is at home against Chicago. That's the championship week for most leagues. The Bears are allowing the fifth-most points to opposing quarterbacks.

Jordan Cameron

The Browns starting tight end hasn't been 100 percent this season while dealing with a shoulder injury. While that issue might not resolve itself completely, Cameron is at least rested up and ready to go in Week 5.

Reports after Week 4 indicated Cameron did not have any setbacks with his shoulder after his game against the Ravens. He had a week off for further recovery, and now he faces a Titans defense that just allowed touchdowns to Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.

Don't forget Cameron caught 19 passes and four touchdowns in three games with Brian Hoyer last season. Cameron also has great matchups with the Jaguars, Raiders and Buccaneers all coming up in the next five weeks. Considering he has three catches in 2014, some owners won't be too partial to him.

Rueben Randle

I'll admit I wasn't one of the Randle supporters coming into 2014. The hype seemed a bit much for a player coming off a 41-reception year with Eli Manning. Fortunately for those who bought into him, though, his stock is on its way up.

Randle has 10 targets in each of his last two games. In Week 4 he caught eight passes for 89 yards against Washington. Manning looks like a completely different quarterback than he did in Week 1. Ben McAdoo's new offense is getting the job done in New York right now.

In the next three weeks, Randle faces secondaries from Atlanta, Philadelphia and Dallas. Jarius Wright just went off against the Falcons. I can't wait to see what numbers Randle can put together in Week 5. He still has just one touchdown, which will likely earn you a better deal if you're trying to trade for him.

Other players I like

Alshon Jeffery: Still hasn't really gone off in 2014. It'll happen eventually. See what the asking price is.
Julian Edelman: Just 23 yards receiving in Week 4. The Patriots offense looks terrible, but he's one of the few on the team that helps them consistently move the ball. The numbers will be back up.
LeSean McCoy: A no-brainer. He had 17 rush yards in Week 4. Hasn't caught a pass in two games. We all know this won't be a season-long trend. I'll keep putting him on the list until it works.
Golden Tate: His numbers on Sunday might've been inflated with Megatron ailing, but Tate's potential in the Lions offense is real. Faces several bad secondaries in the next four weeks.


Matt Asiata

An incredibly touchdown-dependent fantasy player, Asiata broke out with three scores in Week 4 against a weak Falcons defense. He still gained just 78 yards on 20 carries. Meanwhile rookie Jerick McKinnon exploded for 135 yards on 18 attempts.

Asiata is averaging 3.4 yards per carry. He's still in control of the No. 1 spot in the backfield, but McKinnon is going to push for a split in the workload going forward. The Vikings offense needs playmakers to touch the ball. Asiata is not exactly one of them.

If Asiata doesn't get in the end zone, his weekly numbers are disappointing. You can sell high now and grab a player who offers more upside and consistency.

Terrance Williams

Another player who's touchdown dependent, Williams led the Cowboys with 77 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a blowout on Sunday night against the Saints. Prior to that game, he finished with just two catches in both Weeks 2 and 3.

Dez Bryant commands a large share of the targets in Dallas' offense every week. DeMarco Murray is getting 25-plus touches a game. Jason Witten is still hanging around.

Eddie Royal

After starting the season with a single catch in Week 1, Royal has racked up 16 receptions for 216 yards and four touchdowns over the last three games. He now has back-to-back weeks with two touchdowns. We've seen this act before.

Last year Royal started with five touchdowns in the first two weeks, a 20-touchdown pace for the year over his first four weeks, which is the same track he's on right now. Royal only caught three touchdown passes after Week 2 in 2013.

Royal's role has certainly expanded with Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead out. Ladarius Green wasn't involved in the Chargers offense in Week 3, leading to more Royal. His pace is just unsustainable.

It might be difficult to move Royal considering he years of underperforming, but his stock won't be higher than it is now in 2014.

Tom Brady

I don't know who would actually want to take on Brady right now. Probably a Patriots fan. There are still plenty of Brady supporters out there. Sell all your shares, and if no one buys, it's time to drop him.

You can give me the whole "the Patriots have been here before" speech, but Brady is 37. I'm almost positive a major turnaround isn't on its way.