These past few weekends have been absolutely brutal on the injury front! Depending on how you drafted you could easily be without the entire core of starters you drafted – and it’s only Week 6! Through all this adversity you must seek out the opportunity! This of course, usually comes in the way of smart trades or roster stashes. A great example would be anyone who drafted Kareem Hunt in the pre-season! Last week we took a look at some bye week trade targets, going after owners desperate for a win who happened to have a key player on a bye week. Mark Ingram was on that list so I won’t put him here but I still have him as a prime buy-now trade target heading into Week 6. This week we’re going to go a different route, targeting some players who might become extremely useful if the current injury rate keeps up. I want to focus on players that are likely to be owned but also likely available (at the moment) for a somewhat reasonable price. Yes, I’m talking about handcuffs – but these guys aren’t necessarily your traditional back-ups. Some might be be current starters, some might be buried on the depth chart and some may be bit role players at the moment. All should be on your radar in your Week 6 trade negotiations.
Danny Amendola WR, New England Patriots
He’s not the wide receiver “to own” in New England but he’s still pretty darn useful. While Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks get all the love, Danny Amendola has been a solid PPR option the last two weeks with 119 yards and a score on 14 receptions. This New England offense can go nuts any given week and Amendola has carved out a nice post-Edelman role. Danny has bounced back nicely after missing a juicy match-up at New Orleans in Week 2. Many have forgotten how good he was on opening night catching 6 balls for 100 yards vs. Kansas City. Had he played in Week 2 he could have built on that success and this wide receiver corps pecking order might look very different. I’m not discounting what Hogan and Cooks have done so far but I am buying shares in Amendola everywhere I can. His name doesn’t command a high price tag but his on-field production could command one very soon.
I like both of these guys as lower priced trade targets given the way this offense is clicking right now. The Packers passing attack can’t be fully stopped outside of the toughest match-ups and as a result, Randall Cobb (along with any other Packers receiver) could go off at any time. Is he third on the food chain? Absolutely, but Green Bay’s WR3 is more useful than a lot of team’s WR2 or WR1 in some cases. Geronimo Allison on the other hand, showed us his value as a handcuff earlier this season when Randall Cobb was out of action. Allison got some action in Week 2 vs. Atlanta but really broke loose in Week 3 vs. Cincinnati where he roped in 6 receptions for 122 yards. His rapport with Aaron Rodgers and versatility essentially make Allison a handcuff for all 3 of these dynamic Green Bay receivers. If Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams or Randall Cobb miss time Allison steps right into a significant role the league’s most potent passing attack.
Jamaal Charles RB, Denver Broncos
I hate betting on players to get hurt but C.J. Anderson is a solid bet to miss time this year at some point. His well documented injury history is reason enough to own Jamaal Charles on its own but Charles has played well through 4 contests rushing for 175 yards and a score on 33 carries. This level of output gives him some flex appeal in deeper leagues as it is. If CJA should miss time, Charles is the next man up for a potentially high-volume role in this Denver offense which is averaging 25 rush attempts per game. He should also be readily available as a scale tipping throw-in during your Week 6 trade negotiations. Coming off the bye, Charles’ value is under the radar – now is the time to buy!
Marlon Mack RB, Indianapolis Colts
As Frank Gore continues to act his age, Marlon Mack is starting to work his way into this offense more and more. He’s been out with an injury but burst back onto the scene with 91 rushing yards and touchdown in Week 5. Given Gore’s age, it’s likely Mack has been stashed on someones roster all season but despite his Week 5 breakout, he should be attainable. The Colt’s offensive line is well, offensive. This isn’t exactly a rushing attack people are dying to invest in so its likely Mack can be bought from an owner looking to “sell high” this week. I’m buying this dynamic rookie who appears to have earned his way into an RB rotation for Gore and Robert Turbin. I expect the latter to get phased out as Mack proves himself more and more over the next few weeks. He could even take over the backfield altogether if Gore keeps up his mediocre play.