Whether you’re treading at .500, playing catch-up at 1-3 or sitting at the dreaded 0-4, it may be time to make a change to your fantasy team.
Trading for players who are destined for late-season success and selling those who have hit their max value is the best way to climb out of the cellar. But which players are worth tossing overboard and which are worth stashing away?
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski won’t play this week, but grabbing him now will give you a top-three tight end for a late-season push.
Packers running back Eddie Lacy: Lacy started the season atop the depth chart before getting hurt in Week 2. Since then, the Packers proved they can run the ball — James Starks and Johnathan Franklin each posted 100-yard games. If Lacy re-emerges as the starter, he’ll be consistent from here on out.
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell: His return from injury in Week 4 saw two touchdowns, his team just traded for a desperately needed left tackle, and a bye this week will keep his talent hidden.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick: Vick has missed 13 games over the last three seasons. It’s only a matter of time before his next injury.
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron: Cameron opened the season with five touchdowns in four games. But he is still a first-year starter and Cleveland has too many unknowns with its offense.
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman: If you were lucky enough to get Edelman off of waivers in Week 1, you’re happy with his 240 receiving yards in the last three games. However, Gronkowski and Danny Amendola will soon return, lessening Edelman’s role in the offense.
SMART TO START
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers: San Diego loves to throw the ball, and Rivers has two 400-yard games to prove it. With the Raiders this week, expect a third stellar outing.
Chargers running back Danny Woodhead: Woodhead is emerging as a solid receiving option for Rivers, catching two touchdown passes last week.
Saints receiver Marques Colston: Colton’s been consistently average through four games, and he’s bound to get into the end zone eventually.
FIT TO SIT
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck: The Seahawks have forced multiple interceptions in each of their last three games.
Lions running back Joique Bell: Bell’s value comes with the injury history of starter Reggie Bush, who’s healthy this week.
Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace: One game with more than three catches isn’t what Miami was hoping for when it signed Wallace in the offseason.