The Transaction Counter: Week 2

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My transactions

Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Bishop Sankey (RB, TEN)

Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Stevan Ridley (RB, NE)

I’ve officially lost patience with Bishop Sankey just two weeks into the season. Not only has he only scored two points, but he has barely had any touches – and despite his rookie status, that is not good enough for a seventh-round fantasy draft pick. Stevan Ridley, on the other hand, is coming off a great week, and will be facing the worst team in the league – the Oakland Raiders – and my running game needs help.

Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Niles Paul (TE, WSH)

Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Allen Hurns (WR, JAC)

Allen Hurns was a Week 1 sensation, but that seemed to be beginner’s luck as he went virtually AWOL in Week 2, scoring just one point. One of the Week 2 standouts was Washington tight end Niles Paul, and so it was a straight saw for the pair. Depending on how he plays this week, Paul could be moved on in seven days.

Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Danny Woodhead (RB, SD)

Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Mohamed Sanu (WR, CIN)

Danny Woodhead is an important player in the San Diego offense, but he doesn’t seem to be able to turn on-field production into fantasy points. Because of this, I decided it was time to drop him, and I picked up Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu who, with A.J. Green suffering turf toe and Marvin Jones out until at least Week 5, has chance to put some big numbers on the board.


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Other transactions

Wigan Warriors (WIG) dropped LeGarrette Blount (RB, PIT)

Wigan Warriors (WIG) added Joe Flacco (QB, BAL)

Before Blount was dropped, the Wigan Warriors had five running backs on the roster, and a lone quarterback in Drew Brees. It only made sense to drop the lowest scoring of those backs and bring in some insurance under center for when Brees has a bye week, or if he picks up an injury. Flacco should provide that, and has been a serviceable fantasy option in both of the Ravens’ opening games.

Wigan Warriors (WIG) dropped Cecil Shorts III

Wigan Warriors (WIG) added Kelvin Benjamin

Cecil Shorts has missed both of Jacksonville’s opening two games with a hamstring injury, and it listed as ‘probable’ for their Week 3 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Although he will more than likely have the opportunity to produce this season, he doesn’t appear to have as much upside as Panthers rookie Kelvin Benjamin, who has 138 receiving yards and a touchdown through the first two weeks of the season, and could develop into a top target for Cam Newton throughout the season.

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Riley Cooper (WR, PHI)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Josh Gordon (WR, CLE)

Riley Cooper hasn’t really lived up to his overall average draft position of 109, scoring a measly two points in one of the top two offenses so far this season. He was replaced by someone who won’t be able to make any immediate fantasy impact, but could contribute heavily at the end of the season. His name? Josh Gordon. After the passing of a new NFL drug policy, Gordon’s season-long suspension was reduced to just ten games – so if Barnyard Gems decide to keep him, then they’ll have an elite option to help their run towards the postseason, and in the playoffs. Smart move.

La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Stevan Ridley (RB, NE)
La Linea Lineman added Matt Asiata (RB, MIN)

This move was made ahead of the Week 2 games, so the La Linea Lineman owner can be forgiven for dropping Ridley after his dismal Week 1 showing. But he managed to turn things around in Week 2, rushing for over 100 yards, and adding on a touchdown to boot. However, Matt Asiata did seem like the player with most upside, after the controversy with Adrian Peterson led to the former first-round pick being deactivated by the Vikings. Asiata was left to fill the gap, and scored a respectable 13 points with 84 yards and a touchdown. I can see why Asiata was taken over Ridley at the time.

Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Andrew Hawkins (WR, CLE)

Team Zachrich (TZ) added Shonn Greene (TEN, RB)

With Josh Gordon out, Andrew Hawkins is atop the depth chart at wide receiver in Cleveland, but he hasn’t really taken advantage of this, having only scored 15 points through the first two weeks of the season. Likewise, Shonn Greene is the starter at running back in Tennessee after staving off the challenge of rookie Bishop Sankey, but has produced even less than Hawkins. It is a head scratcher, but maybe Team Zachrich needed more depth at RB, and as a result Greene replaced Hawkins.

La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Matt Asiata (RB, MIN)

La Linea Lineman added Knile Davis (RB, KC)

Both of these running backs were in the same position Week 2 – replacing their respective teams’ All-Pro starters. Asiata was solid and recorded 13 points, but Knile Davis excelled, scoring a massive 21 points. If Charles is out, Davis has more upside – although it looks as though Peterson will be out for longer than Charles, so this is more than likely a short-term move.

Abergele JETS (ABJ) added James Jones (WR, OAK)

Abergele JETS (ABJ) dropped Saints D/ST (D/ST, NO)

Adding a receiver who is in the top ten after two weeks, and dropping a defense who have recorded a combined minus six points and were benched in favour of the Texans D/ST is a pretty obvious and straightforward move.

Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Justin Forsett (RB, BAL)

Team Zachrich (TZ) added Bernard Pierce (RB, BAL)

Forsett was taken over Pierce in last week’s round of transactions, because the journeyman outperformed the Ravens’ primary backup in their Week 1 encounter. But Week 2 was a different story, because Pierce had more yards and points than Forsett – hence the swap. Bernard Pierce will not actually play this week, although he should return to the side in Week 4.

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Robert Griffin III (QB, WSH)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Kirk Cousins (QB, WSH)

RGIII suffered a nasty-looking injury, as he dislocated his ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. He will miss a number of weeks, although some sources say he will be back this year. In the meantime, the Redskins will have to rely on the competent Kirk Cousins to lead their offense, so the Barnyard Gems owner probably isn’t the only player to have made the Griffin for Cousins swap.

Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Shonn Greene (RB, TEN)

Team Zachrich (TZ) added Bobby Rainey (RB, TB)

The Shonn Greene era was short-lived, but after failing to take the ball and run with it, it’s Greene out and Rainey in. With Martin inactive for the Buccaneers’ Week 3 game against the Falcons, Rainey took over, although he only managed a lowly six points. Still, his potential is greater than that of Greene.

Team apachefootball (zac) dropped Dexter McCluster (WR, TEN)

Team apachefootball (zac) added Matt Asiata (RB, MIN)

McCluster, who has been mainly lining up at running back for Tennessee hasn’t really been making many waves, so swapping him for Matt Astasia who has a much higher ceiling and a greater opportunity than McCluster to score fantasy points.


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