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Making Moves – Week 5

Maybe you are sitting at 4-0 or 3-1 and you have some extras on your bench that are doing well but do not really have a place in your line-up.
Maybe you are at the bottom of our league at 0-4 or 1-3 and looking to get some value for some of the big name underachievers on your roster.
Or just maybe you are in that really tough spot, 2-2, and you just don’t know whether to make a move or not.

Let’s look at some of the NFL players (in standard scoring formats) that are causing their owners the most excitement with their great play or heartache with their poor play and discuss whether or not you should keep them or trade them while they still have value.

AFC North

A.J. Green
The highly ranked wide receiver for the Bengals had a monster first week. He has since disappeared. With the exception of Week 3, where he only saw eight targets (some receivers would kill for eight targets) he has seen two weeks of 15 targets and one week at 13.

His biggest problem has been the poor play of quarterback
Andy Dalton

. This will turn around. That offense has way too many weapons to be denied. Dalton will come around and when he does, you’ll be very happy that you have Green on your roster.

He is getting lots of targets. The offense will get better, (they are still young). Don’t even think of trading him away.

Ray Rice

 – It is going to be very tough to talk owners of Rice off the ledge right now but I am going to give it my best shot. He is better than this. He has been hurt and the Ravens have been playing from behind often this year.

Due to the Ravens passing so much this year he only has 30 rushing attempts so far. By comparison, many of the other backs are approaching the 100 mark already this season. This will even out by the end of the year.

I can certainly understand if you’d want to try and trade Rice at this point but I would not recommend it. He is amazing when healthy and valuable even when he doesn’t get carries due to his proficiency in the passing game. He will get better. Have faith.

AFC South

Chris Johnson
On the surface, Johnson seems like someone you should try to trade right away. Keep him. First of all you will get very little value for him. Secondly, let me give you some facts.

Johnson is 3rd in the league in rushing attempts and was 6th in rushing before this week where he fell to 12th. He has yet to score a touchdown this season which you know has got to change.

He is getting lots of opportunities and can put up numbers rushing or receiving. Couple that with how very little you would get for him right now on the trading block and he is someone you need to keep and hope for better sledding in the future.

Maurice Jones-Drew –  MJD is hurting me every day of my life. I have him in one of my leagues and was sure I had gotten a steal in the 3rd round. I
t turns out he stole my 3rd round from me and I will never get it back. In fact, he ran away from me with my 3rd round faster than he has ever ran with the ball in the last two years.

The problem with MJD is that he has no trade value. He is not getting as many touches as he has in the past and he is on a terrible offense in a tough division.
If you can get someone to trade you anyone of value for him, I would say pull the trigger. If you can’t then you better hope that the return of
Justin Blackmon

takes one more defensive player out of the box against Jones-Drew and frees up some running lanes.

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