Matthew Berrys Love/Hate for Week 5

    • Senior Fantasy analyst for ESPN
    • Member, FSWA and FSTA Halls of Fame
    • Best-selling author of “Fantasy Life”

With four weeks in the books, we are now 25% of the way through the season. Well, we would be if we were still playing a 16-game season. But it’s a 17-game season, which means we are not at the quarter point but rather, er, uh, 23.529% through the season.

The entire fantasy football season is a small sample size, but with that caveat, four games is enough to have a sense of where your team is strong and where it needs help. To determine what is unlikely to continue (I mean, Derrick Henry Dalvin Cook Ezekiel Elliott Sam Darnold leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns) and what is not a fluke (Cooper Kupp has at least a 32% target share in every game this year). You also know your own team; have you gotten really unlucky this year, scoring a ton but always facing the highest-scoring team in your league? Or maybe the opposite: You know your team isn’t great, but you’ve lucked into some easy matchups where your opponent had a bad week.

Either way, whether you are 4-0, 2-2 or 0-4, you can always improve your team. The extra game this year means more teams are still in it — yes, even you 0-4 and 1-3 squads, which means those at the top of the standings shouldn’t get too comfortable. Long way to go.

So with trading season about to begin, as has become a tradition the past few years, it is now time for the 2021 edition of the Definitive Matthew Berry Guide to Trading in Fantasy Football.

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