Fantasy football players to sell high heading into Week 5
Julian Edelman (WR - NE): Edelman has taken full advantage of the injury to Danny Amendola (groin) over the past few weeks, as he now leads the NFL in receptions with 34. When Amendola returns, however, Edelman's targets should take a significant hit. His 34 catches are already his most since 2009 and are the second-highest season total of his career. The Patriots paid Amendola $28.5 million for him to be the team's No. 1 possession receiver, and it is a role he will take from Edelman when healthy - that could be as soon as this weekend. Edelman will be worth rostering even when Amendola is active, but maybe you could get an owner to give up a lot for him while he is still the league's leader in receptions.
Antonio Gates (TE - SD): Gates was one of the players who started the wave of athletic freaks at the tight end position. He was sort of a pioneer as far as having a wide receiver skill set while playing tight end, and is certainly one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game. However, I don't trust him at all to keep up his phenomenal start to the 2013 season. He is averaging career highs in both receptions and yards per game - even better averages than any of his three consecutive First-Team All-Pro seasons from 2004-06. Now 33 years old, it is unrealistic to expect him to all of a sudden have the best season of his illustrious career. I believe he will continue to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season, but he is currently on pace to more than double his production from a year ago - I don't see that happening.
Philip Rivers (QB - SD): Just like his longtime favorite target (Gates), Rivers is enjoying a renaissance of sorts in 2013. He is currently posting career highs in completion percentage, yards per game, touchdowns per game, and passer rating. At the age of 31 and with limited weapons to utilize, I just don't see Rivers keeping up his career-best production. Also consider that Rivers' two highly productive fantasy games came against the Eagles and Cowboys - those teams rank 31st and 27th against the pass, respectively. When Rivers played against respectable pass defenses (Texans and Titans), he failed to throw for 200 yards in both games. His schedule going forward, however, is actually pretty favorable, so holding on to him for a little while longer may not be a terrible idea - but know that his production is very unlikely to remain at its current level.
DeAngelo Williams (RB - CAR): He was on the list last week and hasn't played since then, but I'm keeping him on this list for all the same reasons. He's playing his best football in a long time, averaging a career-best 97.0 rushing yards per game - owners may see that and be open to trading for him. However, Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is expected back around Week 7, at which point Williams will become a dicey fantasy option. Williams averaged an impressive 5.4 yards per carry in 2011 while playing in all 16 games (14 starts), but rushed for only 836 yards because of a timeshare with Stewart. Even if Williams continues to run well, Stewart will severely diminish his fantasy value.