Welcome to the 2023 Dynasty Football Week 5 Trade Targets.
Man, the season is rolling along quickly. It's hard to believe we're already heading into Week 5! Week 4 was action-packed and filled with plenty of notable fantasy performances.
As we head into the upcoming week, I'll analyze a few player's trade values at this point in the season. I'll dissect why certain players should be at the top of your acquisition list. As well as determine a couple of players potentially worth jumping ship on while their market value is rising.
Enough small talk, though; let’s dive into Week 5’s dynasty trade targets!
2023 Dynasty Football Week 5 Trade Targets
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C.J. Stroud, QB, Houston Texans
Stroud has easily been the best rookie quarterback of the 2023 class. He’s posted multiple 300-yard games already in the young season and has thrown a pair of touchdowns in three consecutive games.
The first-year phenom has shown a tremendous connection with his WR core of fellow rookie Tank Dell and third-year wideout Nico Collins, whose play has taken significant strides this season. Stroud is a great trade target, regardless of where your team stands currently. He will fit perfectly on a rebuilding roster while effortlessly sliding onto a current contender.
C.J. Stroud has proven enough to me already to warrant being at the top of my acquisition chart right now. I'm going after him in all formats, specifically in leagues where I'm hurting at quarterback—especially my contending rosters with QBs like Justin Fields or Joe Burrow due to their lack of production thus far.
I have to admit, I never thought I would be starting C.J. Stroud over those guys, but here we are.
I loved Stroud as a prospect coming into the NFL, and he's exceeded my highest expectations. His price is through the roof right now, but it's a premium I'm willing to pay.
Christian Watson. WR. Green Bay Packers
The Packers have surprised some people so far this season, including myself. They have a litany of young pass-catchers on their roster, and Jordan Love has been better than I thought he would. While Love has displayed some expected growing pains, he has otherwise played well. More importantly, he's been more than serviceable for fantasy managers who put their faith in him (I was not one of them).
However, his expected number-one target in Christian Watson has yet to have the signature performance we all have been waiting for. Obviously, that's largely because he was coming off a hamstring injury and has only played a single game so far this season. Still, his performance against the porous secondary of the Detroit Lions this past week was somewhat of a head-scratcher.
Either way, I'm by no means panicking about Christian Watson. He's already proven the type of numbers he can put up when healthy, and he can't be guarded straight up. His ability to stretch the field and destroy man coverage, combined with his knack for the endzone, is a player worth trading for.
At 6'5", 200 pounds, he has an amazing route tree he can maintain downfield. He's the ideal weapon for a young quarterback like Jordan Love to lean on in all areas of the field. But more importantly, the red zone.
Watson has been a non-factor for fantasy managers in 2023, and frustration could be looming large. If you sense any of that in your leagues, now is the time to pounce on Christian Watson.
As the sophomore wideout begins to round back into form and get in sync with his quarterback, now is the time to buy.
Gabe Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills
Davis has scored a touchdown in three of four games to start the season. He's currently the WR22 in half-PPR formats, but it's mainly because he's been able to find the end zone at a high rate. However, we've seen this movie before. Davis will blow up and win fantasy managers' weeks by himself. Then, he goes back into hiding for a few weeks.
Don't get me wrong; I know he will consistently offer high upside. However, he also comes with a very low floor. He has four or fewer targets in three of four games this season. He will never command a high target share; it's just not the type of player Gabe Davis is.
Not to mention, Dalton Kincaid will continue to get better and earn the trust of quarterback Josh Allen. As a result, Davis could be the third option in the offense at some point this season. He then would have to rely even more heavily on his big play threat.
With Davis finding pay dirt in three games and landing in the top 25 WRs, there will never be a better time to sell than now. Maybe this is finally the year Davis puts it all together, and his consistency so far isn't just a fluke.
However, as I said, I've seen this movie already, and I don't want the ups and downs of rostering a player like Gabe Davis.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
Many fantasy analysts predicted Sutton would be a breakout player last season with Russel Wilson coming to town. That certainly wasn’t the case. It looks like we all were a year too early on the Broncos wideout.
Through four weeks, the veteran leads the Broncos in targets and receptions. Sutton has posted top-25 numbers (WR23), and fantasy managers couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. The 27-year-old was drafted as the WR43 this season and has looked like an absolute steal.
I’m going to pump the brakes a little on Sutton, though. He’s already found pay dirt a whopping three times after reaching the endzone a combined four times through the last two seasons. He’s getting the job done, and I have been starting him wherever I have exposure. However, taking a deeper look, his success has come from facing some of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.
The Broncos have played the Raiders, Commanders, Dolphins, and Bears. All four defenses have given up 22 touchdowns to receivers through the first four weeks.
His schedule gets much tougher, starting in Week 5 against the New York Jets. The Jets boast one of the, if not the best, cornerback duo in the league. Follow that up with the Packers and Chiefs, two teams who have done an excellent job limiting receiver production this season.
I would much rather trade Sutton while his arrow is pointing up because the stretch of upcoming tough defenses could provide a powerful blow to his overall value. Put the feelers out for Sutton while you still can.
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