Fantasy Football Mailbag: Wednesday 10/5/16

Michael Crabtree has been eating into Amari Cooper's role, so can we still trust Cooper in fantasy football? And how should we treat the Ravens' backfield after Terrance West's big game?

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Even though there are serious concerns around Amari Cooper at the moment (specifically his red zone involvement), that's a trade that would absolutely benefit your team.

With Tevin Coleman, you're always going to have reservations about starting him, regardless of the matchup. With 37.38% of the team's carries this year, his weekly floor is zero, and Devonta Freeman puts a cap on his upside, as well. Until one of them separates himself from the other (and Freeman holds the production edge thus far), it'll be hard to trust either of them on a weekly basis.

With Cooper, you may not have tremendous upside because of Michael Crabtree's red zone market share, but you are getting a respectable floor. He has a 23.03% target market share, and he had at least nine targets in each of the team's first three games. Cooper's a more dependable option than Coleman, tipping the scales on the trade.

With the uncertainty in the Baltimore Ravens' backfield, neither Terrance West nor Kenneth Dixon should be available on waivers. You should drop Thomas Rawls to pick up one, with West holding the slight edge.

West struggled the first three weeks, but he came through in a big way in Week 4. The Ravens gave him the ball 16 times in the second half alone, and he finished with a line of 21 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown. That'll work, especially with a matchup against Washington on the horizon.

We want Dixon, too, though, because that ambiguity is still there despite West's big day.

This means Dixon will get to make his debut, and if he performs well, he could become the lead back in that offense. Even in Week 4, West's snap rate was just 43.8%, and that was with Dixon and the now-released Justin Forsett inactive. Both Dixon and West have a shot to become solid fantasy options, and we'll want to own whichever one does, necessitating a bit of investment in both guys.

Email submission from Matt Tilton:

We were talking yesterday about trading Hopkins for good value.. would you trade him for Lacy, straight up? Or do I ask for a combination with another WR (DeSean Jackson, Diggs, Manny Sanders available). My RB: Bell, Gore, Bernard, Sims, Matt Jones, Rawls. WR: Hopkins, Nelson, Jeffrey, OBJ, Decker, Michael Thomas. TE: Gates and Ertz

numberFire's JJ Zachariason offered a solid explanation yesterday for why we should be concerned about DeAndre Hopkins going forward.

Because of the problems Zachariason detailed, yes, Eddie Lacy would be a good target in return for Hopkins.

Lacy is trending the opposite direction of Hopkins. He controlled all 17 of the team's running back carries in Week 3 prior to the team's bye, and his snap rate was his highest since Week 1 of 2015. The Green Bay Packers are home for their next three games and four of their next five, and Lacy could be on the verge of a big-time breakout.

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