The Fantasy Supermarket: Trade Targets Going Into Week 5

by Matt Babich · Trades Buy/Sell

There’s a sale going on at THE FANTASY SUPERMARKET! Every week, there are players whose prices are either slashed due to recent performance or not yet as high as you should be willing to pay for them.

These players are all primed for value increases in the near future. Using advanced stats and metrics, I’ll be walking you through this week’s supermarket sales and highlighting players you should be looking to buy before the next slate of contests. Act now, because this sale isn’t going to last long.

Antonio Brown

The big-play receiver in Tampa Bay isn’t Mike Evans or Chris Godwin, it’s Antonio Brown. He arguably should have come up with wo deep shots to the end zone last week. If he does, everyone would either be selling way too high or holding. Luckily enough for prospective buyers, he didn’t. In the two neutral Game Script games, AB has posted 18-184-1.

Brown has earned an 18.9-percent (No. 10 among qualified wide receivers) Hog Rate and seven (No. 8) Deep Targets. While his Air Yards Share and Route Participation are average, his Hog Rate indicates that he is being used heavily on a per–snap basis. You want AB before he starts seeing the endzone.

Courtland Sutton

Two stinkers following his 30-point performance have opened up a window of opportunity to buy Courtland Sutton. He fits the mold of a proper alpha, the type of profile we chase in fantasy football. Until Jerry Jeudy returns, Sutton is the clear-cut number one option in this passing game. He checks in with a 96.2-percent (No. 14) Route Participation, 40.5-percent (No. 12) Air Yards Share, and an 8.55 (No. 3) Target Quality Rating

Courtland Sutton Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

These are promising opportunity and efficiency metrics that lead to production. Denver has shown a consolidated Target Share, which is another big plus. The only negative to watch out for is that Sutton has 496 (No. 3) Air Yards. Air Yards have context, as the Podfather has recently made clear. As a non-separator alpha, these Air Yards are harder to convert from unrealized to completed. Regardless, the talent and opportunity is too salivating to pass up. Go get Sutton before he puts up another 30-point week. 

And now for THE certified, locked and loaded, Fantasy Supermarket BUY OF THE WEEK…

Chase Edmonds

Chase Edmonds is the poster child for “chase production and touchdowns will follow.” He hasn’t seen pay-dirt so far this season, but he’s cleared 15 PPR Fantasy Points Per Game in three out of four weeks. Edmonds has collected 60.3 (No. 8) Weighted Opportunities on a 17.1-percent (No. 3) Target Share and 59.0-percent (No. 6) Route Participation. These are meaningful predictive metrics that he is posting at an elite rate. 

Chase Edmonds 2021 Advanced Receiving & Efficiency Metrics

James Conner is the vulture, with his four Goal Line Carries for four touchdowns. However, Edmonds has been the only one of the pair that has been an efficient rusher. Conner is dust. It’s only a matter of time before Edmonds gets another goal line carry and punches it in, or busts a big gain on a touch and scores. Don’t fade Edmonds because of four plays. Go get him now, and the production will come.


You don’t win fantasy leagues through the draft. You win by taking advantage of the waiver wire and trade market. This year’s early season shenanigans present ample opportunity to push your team to the next level. Start by targeting these players. If you can’t manage to strike a deal, then there’s always next week at the fantasy supermarket.