Week 5 Fantasy Football Trade Targets: Funchess, Graham Headline Undervalued Receivers

Oct 03, 2018 10:00 PM EDT
  • Ian Hartitz breaks down fantasy football players you should look to trade, or trade for, entering Week 5.
  • Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess and Packers tight end Jimmy Graham present two buy-low opportunities.

We’re 25% through the fantasy season. Winless teams are coming to grips with their subpar reality, while undefeated fantasy owners have likely forgotten what it feels like to lose. Either way, it’s always a good time to make a potentially league-winning trade.

The NFL’s ridiculous non-guaranteed contracts and salary cap have made player-for-player trades fairly rare over the years, but it’s a market that can be exploited in fantasy by focusing on both potential mistakes in popular public opinion and season-long trends.

Let’s break down some of Week 5’s top fantasy football trade targets, as well as players you should consider selling sooner rather than later.

Top Fantasy Football Trade Target, Week 5

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets

The Sam Darnold hype train has come to a screeching halt since the Jets’ 48-17 victory over the Lions in Week 1. Overall, they’ve lost three consecutive games, and Darnold has led the offense to just 41 combined points.

Even through this early season turmoil, Enunwa has continued to work as the offense’s lead pass-game option. He’s one of the league’s most-featured receivers through four weeks:

  • Targets: 37 (Tied for 18th among all WRs)
  • Target share: 28% (T8th)
  • Red-zone targets: 6 (T13th)

Enunwa has led the Jets in targets during each individual game this season.

Unfortunately for Enunwa, things won’t be easy in Week 5 against a Broncos defense featuring all-world slot corner Chris Harris Jr., but afterward he’ll face an unassuming stack of secondaries vs. slot receivers including the Colts, Vikings, Bears, Dolphins and Bills.

Enunwa’s immense volume makes him a WR2 with WR1 upside, so grab him now while your friends still think he’s just a WR3.

Honorable Mention Trade Targets

Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns

The Baker Mayfield era has ended the Browns’ pathetic 46-game streak without scoring at least 30 points. Overall, they’ve already managed to score 60 points in about six quarters with Mayfield under center, and Callaway has worked as the offense’s definitive No. 2 pass-game option:

Callaway needs to improve his hands: He’s one of just 12 receivers to drop at least three passes this season. Still, his fantasy-friendly targets (average depth of 17.6 yards) means owners will need just a few connections between the Browns’ pair of rookies to earn some serious points.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers enjoyed their bye in Week 4, so their renewed pecking order at receiver could be in the back of fantasy owners’ minds for the time being. Greg Olsen (foot) remains sidelined, meaning Funchess is locked in as Cam Newton’s No. 1 target:

  • Funchess with Olsen (43 games): 4.3 targ, 2.1 rec, 31.9 yds, 0.3 TDs
  • Without (43 games): 14.5 PPR, 7.8 targ, 4.7 rec, 59.2 yds, 0.6 TDs

Olsen has played in just nine of a possible 21 games since Week 1 of last season (including playoffs). Go get Funchess before his three-game stretch against the Giants, Redskins and Eagles.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers

The Packers are struggling to keep their receiving corps healthy, as Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Geronimo Allison (concussion) should be considered questionable for at least Week 5. This presents plenty of opportunity elsewhere, particularly for Graham, who has more or less worked as a wide receiver this season anyway:

This isn’t anything new for Graham considering he played 59% of his snaps as a receiver in 2017 with the Seahawks, ultimately scoring nine of his 10 touchdowns lined up in the slot or out wide. Graham ranks among the league’s top-10 tight ends in targets and air yard market share through four weeks and only figures to become more involved as the season progresses.


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Fantasy Football Players to Sell, Week 5

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Gio has worked as the Bengals’ lead back for the last two weeks, posting 27-130-3 rushing and 9-52-0 receiving lines while playing 101-of-138 snaps (73%). The Bengals clearly trust Bernard to handle a three-down workload … just as along as lead back Joe Mixon (knee) remains sidelined.

Mixon reportedly resumed running and cutting last week and said he feels “great.” Perhaps Bernard’s exceptional play won’t result in Mixon resuming the same featured role he saw in Weeks 1-2. Either way, it’s very hard to see Bernard approaching even a 50% snap rate once Mixon gets healthy.

The Bengals’ fed last season’s second-round pick 46 combined carries and targets in Weeks 1-2, and Mixon responded with the 10th-most PPR points at the position:

Backs who provide pass-down value on a week-to-week basis while also possessing the ability to run inside the tackles are a valuable fantasy commodity. Bernard is certainly an above-average bench stash (especially for Mixon owners), but recency bias may have overstated his value moving forward.

Attempt to flip Gio for more consistent fantasy assets before Mixon’s pending return is made official.

Honorable Mentions

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Luck and his “noodle arm” racked up 464 yards and four scores through the air during Sunday’s shootout in Indianapolis. Still, his two good performances this season have unsurprisingly come at home against lesser-quality defenses in the Bengals and Texans.

Luck is still averaging career-low marks in adjusted yards per attempt and average target depth, so it’s tough to say he’s officially #back after Sunday’s performance.

The absence of T.Y. Hilton (hamstring, doubtful) certainly won’t help Luck in upcoming road matchups vs. the Patriots and Jets. Consider selling while Luck’s stock is high.

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots

The Patriots’ backfield has dwindled down to just Sony Michel and James White, but their pecking order at receiver remains a bit of a mystery. Recently acquired Josh Gordon only figures to get more involved as the season goes on, and No. 1 receiver Julian Edelman will return from his suspension Thursday night against the Colts.

Historically, Edelman’s presence has been bad for Hogan:

Hogan has lined up in the slot on 54% of his snaps this season, so he’ll now likely compete with Phillip Dorsett for a spot opposite Gordon in the offense’s 3-WR sets. Dorsett should be viewed as the favorite considering his considerable speed and target share advantages.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

There were enough questions surrounding the 49ers offense with Jimmy Garoppolo (torn ACL) sidelined, but now we might have to project performance without starting left tackle Joe Staley (knee) and right tackle Mike McGlinchey (knee). Receiver Marquise Goodwin (leg) and Dante Pettis (knee) are also banged up, so upcoming opposing defenses won’t exactly have a long list of concerns vs. the 49ers.

Breida could perhaps overcome all of this if he happened to be the offense’s featured back, but that simply hasn’t been the case this season.

Consider moving on from a (talented) committee back in a subpar offense.

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