3 Fantasy Players to Trade For – After Week 5
We know I like to look at the Fantasy strength of schedules for players, as I shared with you the top three players at each position with the best Fantasy SoS and the toughest Fantasy SoS in 2015.
But now, we’re going to dig in just a little deeper and share those with very difficult Fantasy strength of schedules to start the season, but an easier route after the first five games or so.
To put it in a different way, this handful of players are guys who should struggle out of the gate for the first handful of games. But come Week 6, they start a string of much easier contests against weaker defenses against their particular position. That’s a great thing for you to remember as we move into the midseason, so you can target some of these guys in trade, despite their likely slow starts to the season.
3 Fantasy Players to Trade For – After Slow Starts
Obviously, we’re expecting these guys to struggle right out of the gate, which means their trade value will be pretty low, too. Heck, some of these guys might even get cut outright, so you can just pick them up off waivers! Once again, we’ll use the Fantasy Strength of Schedule tool over at FFToolbox.com.
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego
He faces the 27th-toughest schedule for Fantasy quarterbacks in the first five games of the season, with contests against the Lions, Bengals, Vikings, Browns and Steelers. But things get better in their next five games, facing the Raiders, Ravens, Bears, Chiefs and Jaguars.
Unfortunately, the schedule turns bad again later in the season, so hopefully, you’ll only need him for a short midseason stretch – or you can turn around and trade him back to his original owner in Week 11!
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit
First, he’s a rookie on a team with several running backs that can carry the rock. The Lions face a tough start to the season (ranked the fifth-toughest for running backs), going up against the Chargers, Vikings, Broncos, Seahawks and Cardinals. Only one of those defenses (Vikings) was below average against the run last year.
So figure a slow start for both Abdullah and the Lions running game, with a promising middle schedule, and a very good late schedule. From Weeks 11-15, they have the fifth-easiest schedule against the run, and by then, Joique Bell will be injured again.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati
The Bengals also have a tough go from the outset, with games against the Raiders, Chargers, Ravens, Chiefs and Seahawks – three of whom were among the toughest to pass on in 2014 (SEA, KC, SD). Only the Bears and Lions have a tougher schedule for wide receivers in the first five weeks of the season.
But things lighten up a bit after that, with games against the Bills, Steelers, Browns, Texans and Cardinals, with the Cardinals and Ravens ranking in the bottom-third in pass defense.
Ameer Abdullah Photo Credit: Don Juan Moore, Getty Images
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