At this point in the fantasy football season, you should have some sort of grasp on how you feel about you team. Whether you’re 0-5 or 5-0, there are always opportunities to improve your team.
Waivers are probably pretty picked through in the bigger leagues, but in most cases trading is the quickest and most effective way to get the most out of your roster.
Any person could sit here and tell you that Julio, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Kareem Hunt are great guys to target. Realistically, though, those players are going to cost an arm and a leg which could end up doing more harm than good.
Here’s the list of guys you should really be targeting:
There are currently five running backs that have scored double digit fantasy points in every game they’ve played this year. Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, Devonta Freeman, Lesean McCoy and….Mark Ingram. With everyone being so in love with Alvin Kamara, Ingram’s trade value is on the lower end so getting him should be no issue. So far this year he’s run for 170 yards on 43 carries for a respectable 4.0 YPC. One thing that seems to be lost in the Kamara hype is that Ingram is also a very good receiver himself and is currently averaging 5.5 targets per game which is a career high. He’s turned those 5.5 targets per game in to 15 catches for an additional 125 yards. AP had 13 carries the past two weeks and I fully expect the majority of those to go to Ingram. While he will never be flashy, Ingram is consistent and consistency is essential in fantasy football.
In case you live under a rock and somehow haven’t heard, the New York Giants have now lost their top two receivers due to season ending surgery, Sterling Shepard is injured and Chad Ochiconco and Terrell Owens are pushing for the Giants to sign them. Obviously this won’t happen, so the next logical solution to their receiving issues is Engram. Through five games, Engram has lived up to the first round hype by catching 19 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. Take out his zero catch stinker last week and he’s averaging 4.7 catches and 50 yards per game as arguably the fourth option on the team behind Odell, Brandon Marshall and Shepard. With seemingly nobody else for Eli Manning to throw the ball to, expect the Giants to line up Engram mainly as a receiver going forward. Through the rest of the year, Engram is a safe bet to put up TE1 numbers.
Following up his incredible performance in last years Super Bowl, White has come out this year on a tear. He’s been targeted 35 times and hauled in 29 of them for an impressing 82.9% catch rate. Although his 230 receiving yards aren’t going to blow you away, White is currently on pace for 93 catches and 736 yards as well as a career high 64 carries and 243 rushing yards. He may end the year with only a handful of touchdowns, but any player that’s going to touch the ball 150+ times in a season is a must own. Especially in PPR leagues.
The window for getting Adams at a decent value is closing by the minute. After a season where Adams finished second in the NFL with 12 TD, he has begun this year with an impressive 4 TD through the first five games. As the clear number two WR in an Aaron Rodgers led offense there’s no reason to think he can’t surpass that 12 from last year. The biggest contributing factor to that could be the health of Jordy Nelson who has a recent history of injury problems. The only worry with Adams is his 51.2% career catch percentage which is shockingly low. If he can find a way to improve upon this, Adams will turn in to a fantasy football monster.