NFL Week 6 Fantasy Buy/Sell Trade Targets: Dolphins’ Gaskin Should Be On Radar
Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured: Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin.
It’s never too early to start planning for the fantasy playoffs, especially heading into Week 6.
With the multitude of injuries and COVID-19 postponements, there are prime buying and selling opportunities that can help prepare your team for a serious fantasy playoff run.
Here are three undervalued and two overvalued players, as we approach the midway point of the fantasy football regular season.
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Fantasy Trade Targets
RB, Myles Gaskin, Dolphins
I’m ready to officially jump aboard the Myles Gaskin fantasy viable running back train.
He is the current RB15 in PPR scoring (with only one touchdown), ranking fifth in running back targets and fourth in receptions
myles gaskin has 1.3 more fantasy points than miles sanders.
— the podfather (@Fantasy_Mansion) October 12, 2020
Most encouraging was his one-yard touchdown run to cap off Miami’s 43-17 upset at San Francisco. Miami’s usual short yardage back, Jordan Howard, was a game-day inactive on Sunday.
Gaskin has seen snap count totals of 40, 49, 46, and 47 each week, and has passed both Howard and Matt Breida as the top running back on the Dolphins.
Gaskin is a fantastic Week 6 matchup in Miami against the Jets and will enjoy three consecutive home games during the critical Week 13-15 stretch.
In fantasy championship Week 16? Gaskin will face a Raiders team that is currently allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Target Gaskin before positive touchdown regression takes him out of play on the fantasy trade market.
QB Matthew Stafford, Lions
The Detroit signal-caller has flown under the radar with pedestrian fantasy production over the first four weeks. However, the schedule sets up nicely for Stafford to post high-end QB1 games over the next month.
Detroit finally fielded a healthy lineup of offensive weapons, when lead wide receiver Kenny Golladay returned from a Week 1 hamstring strain. The QB-WR combination has connected on a touchdown in each of the past two games.
Stafford tallied a three-touchdown performance in Week 4 against the Saints, and now has two fantastic matchups against the Falcons and Jaguars. After a tough home game against Indianapolis, Stafford will get to also face the Vikings and Washington over the next month.
This means Stafford will face four defenses currently in the bottom third in quarterback fantasy points allowed in the next five games.
Depending on the size of your league, Stafford is either on someone’s bench or the waiver wire. Either way, he is a solid QB1 moving forward that is available at a bargain price.
WR, Tee Higgins, Bengals
Tee Higgins is one of my favorite buys in all of fantasy football.
The Clemson rookie has produced averages of eight targets, 4.3 receptions and 59.7 receiving yards over his past three games. Yet, he is still currently overshadowed by teammates Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon, keeping the window open on a great buying opportunity.
Veteran A.J. Green dominated the early season targets, but is now being phased out of the offense due to injury and age. Higgins’ four receptions and 62 receiving yards performance against the elite Ravens pass defense secures his weekly floor for the rest of season.
Starting in Week 12, Higgins has one of the most favorable fantasy schedule of any receiver. He faces the Giants, Dolphins, Cowboys, Steelers and Texans, none of whom are better than 16th best against opposing fantasy wideouts.
The Bengals rank sixth in offensive pace per Football Outsiders and are fifth-fastest in the second half of games when they are usually facing negative game scripts.
His week-by-week snap count percentages have risen steadily from 22% in Week 1 to a season-high 81% against the Ravens.
With a growing rapport with quarterback Joe Burrow, Higgins in a WR3 weekly with WR2 upside rest of season.
Fantasy Sell Candidates
RB, Kenyan Drake, Cardinals
It was great to see Kenyan Drake score his second touchdown of the season in Arizona’s 30-10 road win over the Jets.
And that means now is the perfect time to sell.
Drake continued to see his running-back opportunity share shrink at the hands of Chase Edmonds.
Edmonds snap share rose to a season-high 45% against the Jets, while Drake’s has declined from 71% to 66% on Sunday.
The most concerning part of Drake’s fantasy profile is his lack of receiving use. Last season, Drake totaled 14.1% of the team’s targets and 16.6% of the receptions in his eight games with Arizona. This season, he is responsible for just 3.3% of the targets and 4.7% of the receptions.
Chase Edmonds ran more pass routes (20) than Kenyan Drake (18) yesterday for the first time this season.
— Jared Smola (@SmolaDS) October 12, 2020
Arizona also has one of the most difficult fantasy playoff schedules for opposing running backs. The Cardinals face the Rams, Giants, Eagles and 49ers during Weeks 13-16.
With running back injuries throughout the league, take this opportunity to sell Drake to a desperate league mate and look for an RB2 with much higher passing game upside.
RB Darrell Henderson, Rams
Henderson has enjoyed a bounce-back season after a disappointing rookie campaign in 2019.
However, the Rams didn’t spend a second-round pick on the metrically-superior Cam Akers to keep him on the bench.
Henderson exploded in Week 3 for 114 total yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ 35-32 last-second loss at Buffalo. Yet, his usage in that game was a direct result of injuries to both Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown.
Akers was named the starter as early as Week 2 before leaving the game in the first quarter with a rib injury. He returned last week and actually led the Rams with 61 rushing yards including this impressive 46-yard scamper.
— Christopher Reiss (@ReissReport) October 11, 2020
Head coach Sean McVay has already announced that Akers has earned a larger workload next week against the 49ers.
With 4.47 speed, a 78th percentile college target share and a pedigree of success behind a bad offensive line at Florida State, Akers will start siphoning work away from Henderson.
Henderson presents another great opportunity to sell an overvalued fantasy asset to a team in desperate need of running back help.