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Fantasy Football Week 5: Trades You Need to Make

Jaclyn Harris

By Jaclyn Harris

October 1, 2014

We've almost reached the deadline to set your starting line-up for Week 5 of Fantasy Football, and it's high time you start thinking about trades that could better your team and gain you more points. 

We all have them! Those players who at the beginning of the season we firmly believed would rack in the points for our team. Players who we idolized, putting them in our starting line, who now rest comfortably on our bench. But it's now Week 5, FF gurus, and there's no sense keeping a player on our roster who we don't even want to throw into the line-up when our starting player for that position is on their bye week!

Nope! It's now time to weed through the disappointments and cast them aside! This will allow us spots to take on some fresh talent who can add more points to our team and move us forward in our FF standings.

So, without further ado, check out the trades and buys you should be making heading into Week 5!

Trade 'Em!

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

It's pretty safe to say Tom Brady's years of being a great attribute to FF are over. He's had fewer passing yards than Tennessee's Jake Locker, Kansas City's Alex Smith and Cleveland's Brian Hoyer! Not to mention, he only has one more passing yard than New York's Geno Smith.

Brady can no longer compete with QBs such as Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Sure, part of the issue is there is noone on the Patriots offensive line right now who can even attempt to catch the QB's 40-yard passes, but that doesn't look like something that is going to be improving any time soon.

As far as FF points go, Brady hasn't even been close to touching his projected amount per week and it's my guess that many of you have already had him sitting your bench for several weeks as well. It's time to make the move - put this QB out to pasture.

Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings

There is no denying Matt Asiata is a touchdown dependent player; this running back finally broke out in Week 4 with three TDs against an incredibly week Falcons defense. With that being said, he still only gained 78 yards for 20 carries. In comparison, rookie Jerick McKinnon gained 135 yards for 18 carries! 

With an average 3.4 yards per carry so far this season, it's safe to say Asiata is not the one the Vikings are going to be looking for to move them forward. And as long as opposing defenses are keeping this RB out of the end zone, his weekly numbers are only going to continue to drop. The best move you can make if you have this Viking on your team is to trade up for an RB with more consistency.

Pick 'Em Up! 

Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

If someone in your league has this wide-out on their team, odds are they're getting frustrated with his underperformance in the season thus far. In the preseason, it appeared Riley Cooper was going to become Nick Foles' WR of choice this year, but the QB quit targeting Cooper. 

So far this season, Cooper has been targeted only 11 times, and has successfully connected with Foles for 5 catches and 37 yards. So why would you want to pick-up this WR?

Well, last season, Cooper had 835 yards and eight TDs, and he's a part of one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL! The season is young and the target-to-reception ratio is sure to expand over time, so Cooper's role for the Eagles could take off any minute.

Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

Let's be frank. At the beginning of the season, it was safe to assume Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard would split the carries for Cincinnati pretty evenly. However, Bernard quickly overpowered Hill with 20 touches to Hill's four.

However, when you're looking at the long run for the Bengals, Bernard is not the RB that will be asked to take the large hits; Cincinnati is looking for playoff retention after all, and they're going to need Bernard fresh all season.

This is where Hill is going to shine. This RB is sure to grab about 15-20 touches per game in the upcoming weeks as the Bengals aim to rest Bernard and Hill is going to be a great add-on to your FF roster.

What do you think of our suggested trades and buys? Did we miss anyone you think FF players should definitely remove from their roster? Do you disagree with some of our buys? Let us know in the comments below! 

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