Here are the roster incomings and outgoings shortly before and following the Week 3 games.
Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Jake Locker (QB, TEN)
Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Chargers D/ST (D/ST, SD)
Thanks to the first bye week of the season, my team had a number of absentees, so to provide a full starting lineup I had to make a few roster adjustments. One of the players absent this week is the Rams D/ST, and because I didn’t have a backup defense after trading the Broncos to the Wigan Warriors for Mark Ingram I needed to add another one to start this week. Although they weren’t the highest ranked, the Chargers have one of the best Week 4 D/STs because they are against a Jacksonville Jaguars offense who are ranked only ahead of the Oakland Raiders, and already have five turnovers in three games. San Diego also has an offense that won’t constantly put them under pressure. To make way for the Chargers, I dropped Jake Locker who looked promising after opening week, but has largely disappointed since.
Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Steven Hauschka (K, SEA)
Salford bloggers (SAL) added Cody Parkey (K, PHI)
This was a like-for-like switch that made a whole lot of sense. Although Hauschka was one of the league’s best kickers in 2013, he hasn’t got off to a good start this year from a fantasy perspective. In contrast, Cody Parkey is the highest-scoring kicker through three weeks, and looks like he’ll go on to be the more productive of the pair this year. Plus, he’s better trade bait than Hauschka, and could help me reach a deal at some point down the line.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped DeAngelo Williams (RB, CAR)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Alfred Blue (RB, HOU)
Alfred Blue’s recent rise to prominence has come because of an injury to former Pro Bowl player and fantasy stud Arian Foster. If Foster continues to struggle with his injury woes, Blue could become a great fantasy sleeper – especially as he finds himself in a team who are starting Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, and so shape up to run the ball a fair bit. Blue replaces veteran running back DeAngelo Williams on the La Linea Lineman’s roster. Williams, who has only played in Carolina’s opener against Tampa Bay, is not a dependable fantasy option, and even when healthy will most likely have to split carries with Jonathan Stewart.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Dennis Pitta (TE, BAL)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Owen Daniels (TE, BAL)
Dennis Pitta went down with a season-ending hip injury as the Ravens beat the Browns in Cleveland. The logical fantasy move following that news was for Pitta owners to trade him in for Baltimore’s new top tight end Owen Daniels. Daniels has already caught ten balls for 70 yards and two touchdowns this season, and is more than capable of filling the void left by Pitta.
Team apachefootball (zac) dropped Miles Austin (WR, CLE)
Team apachefootball (zac) added Larry Donnell (TE, NYG)
Miles Austin has scored double digits in fantasy in each of the past two weeks, and although he is on a bye with Cleveland this week, it was still surprising to see him dropped. Even more surprising was his replacement, Larry Donnell. The tight end had done well in the Giants’ first game of the season; but had failed to score any meaningful fantasy points in either Week 2 or Week 3. However, Team apachefootball were richly rewarded with immediacy, because Donnell had 54 yards and three touchdowns against the Redskins on Thursday night, and will definitely be contention to start in most fantasy leagues in Week 5.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Dwayne Bowe (WR, KC)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Eddie Royal (WR, SD)
Dwayne Bowe isn’t the top wide receiver he was a couple of years ago, and his fantasy value took a further hit when he was suspended for the first game of the season. He’s also gone 22 straight games without topping 70 yards, and so it’s better to take a flyer on someone like Eddie Royal, who is currently leading the Chargers in targets this season, and has a good chance to make a Week 4 impact against a generous Jacksonville defense.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Mike Nugent (K, CIN)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Nick Novak (K, SD)
After one game Mike Nugent had kicked five field goals, but since then Cincinnati haven’t struggled to find the end zone, and so Nugent’s been limited in his production. To add to that, the Bengals are on a bye this week and so Team Zachrich were in search of a new kicker. Step in Nick Novak, who should have plenty of opportunities to use his kicking leg against Jacksonville.
Wigan Warriors (WIG) dropped Chiefs D/ST (D/ST, KC)
Wigan Warriors (WIG) added Dolphins D/ST (D/ST, MIA)
Thanks to the Broncos being on a bye week and the Chiefs defense underperforming this season, the owner of the Wigan Warriors brought in the Dolphins D/ST, who should have a good Week 4 fantasy yield in London against Oakland, who statistically have the worst offense in the league.
Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Kyle Rudolph (TE, MIN)
Barnyard Gems (HD) added Heath Miller (TE, PIT)
Kyle Rudolph will sit out for roughly the next six weeks, after the Vikings found out that he will have to undergo sports hernia surgery – bad news for Rudolph owners. However, the addition of Heath Miller could help this team, although he is likely to be touchdown dependent for a big score.
Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Kendall Wright (WR, TEN)
Barnyard Gems (HD) added Jordan Matthews (WR, PHI)
After getting 59 yards and finding the end zone twice in Week 3, it was easy to see why Jordan Matthews’ ownership shot up in ESPN fantasy leagues. This particular league saw the rookie taken by Barnyard Gems, who shipped Kendall Wright to make way for him. Wright has been part of a Tennesse offense which has played well in patches, but hasn’t done enough to warrant their players being week-in-week-out fantasy starters; Delainie Walker aside, that is.
Team apachefootball (zac) dropped Hakeem Nicks (WR, IND)
Team apachefootball (zac) added Redskins D/ST (D/ST, WSH)
The Redskins D/ST have had one big score so far this season – and that came in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Since then, they scored minus points against the Eagles. But coming into Thursday’s game against the Giants, it isn’t hard to see why they were touted as one of the better D/ST plays this week. The Giants had turned over the ball six times, and were averaging just 15 points per game before putting up 45 against the Redskins, leaving Washington’s D/ST with minus three fantasy points. Still, they had more potential than Hakeem Nicks, who has only had one good fantasy outing so far this year.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Owen Daniels (TE, BAL)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added DeAngelo Williams (RB, CAR)
Originally, DeAngelo Williams was quaestionable for Week 4, but when it became more apparent that he would play closer to game time, his fantasy value for the week rose. Because of this, the La Linea Lineman owner might’ve thought that Williams is a greater prospect than Owen Daniels, being the lead back in an offense who lost their top four wide receivers this summer. From the standpoint of an 0-3 team that needs help – this makes sense.
Team AZ Fixitmen (FULL) dropped Khiry Robinson (RB, NO)
Team AZ Fixitmen (FULL) added Steelers, D/ST (D/ST, PIT)
Another bye-related move came when Team AZ Fixitmen brought in the Steelers defense – whose Week 4 matchup against Tampa Bay is favourable – in place of New Orleans’ Khiry Robinson. Robinson, who is filling in as the lead back for New Orleans in the absence of Mark Ingram, was expendable, as DeMarco Murray, Adrian Peterson, Darren McFadden and Toby Gerhart also occupy roster spots.
Dallas Cowboyz2014 (BOYZ) dropped Tre Mason (RB, STL)
Dallas Cowboyz2014 (BOYZ) added Lions D/ST (D/ST, DET)
Bye casualty #4726. With the Seahawks on a bye, and previously the only D/ST on the Dallas Cowboyz2014 roster – the owner needed a replacement. Cue the Detroit Lions defense and special teams who find themselves heading east to New York to take on the Jets on Sunday afternoon. Tre Mason, who did have a little promise before the season started, has yet to score a fantasy point – so it was no surprise to see him pack his bags and get sent to waivers.
Kardak Kids srm (SRM) dropped Jarret Boykin (WR, GB)
Kardac Kids srm (SRM) added Antone Smith (RB, ATL)
Jarrett Boykin is inactive for Week 4 after scoring a lone point against the Lions – his first of the season. Boykin and Davonte Adams have been splitting time as the third receiver for Green Bay, which has heavily restricted his fantasy value. Antone Smith, on the other hand, has potential to score points behind Steven Jackson, but his workload will be limited.