Check out the latest roster moves and transactions ahead of the NFL’s Week 5 games.
Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Khiry Robinson (RB, NO)
Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Mohamed Sanu (WR, CIN)
With Stevan Ridley and Chris Johnson playing poorly, and Mark Ingram out until after the Saints’ Week 6 bye, I needed to dip into free agency to find another running back. Step in Khiry Robinson. Robinson literally took the ball and ran with it against the Saints last week as he fills in for the injured Ingram, and was one of the team’s few bright spots in an otherwise ugly loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Mohamed Sanu has been okay, but I am strong at the receiver position and with Marvin Jones set to return this week against the Patriots, Sanu may feature less in the Bengals’ passing game. Khiry Robinson is also a good handcuff for Ingram once the former first round pick returns, so he may be here to stay.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped DeAngelo Williams (RB, CAR)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB, BAL)
DeAngelo Williams returned to the Panthers in Week 4, but went down with an injury in the team’s 38-10 loss to the Ravens and on Wednesday was ruled out of this week’s matchup against the Bears on Wednesday. On the flipside, Lorenzo Taliaferro has had double digit fantasy points in both of his two outings for the Ravens this season and has had a total of 33 carries in those games. The Ravens’ matchup against the Colts – who have only kept the Jacksonville Jaguars’ running backs at bay so far this season – this week gives Taliaferro a good chance to find the end zone for the third-straight game. A good waiver move.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Bernard Pierce (RB, BAL)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Isaiah Crowell (RB, CLE)
Not only was this a good coup for Team Zachrich, but it was also a frustrating one for me and the Salford Bloggers. I submitted two waiver claims this week, the first being for Khiry Robinson and the second for Isaiah Crowell, for whom Stevan Ridley would’ve made way. Ultimately Team Zachrich beat me to the punch, and in Isaiah Crowell have a running back that has three touchdown in three games so far in his rookie season, and has had 11 carries in both of his last two games. He has replaced Bernard Pierce who has disappointed this season, failing to grasp the opportunity given to him following Ray Rice’s departure.
Wigan Warriors (Wig) added Jerick McKinnon (RB, MIN)
Wigan Warriors (Wig) dropped Pierre Thomas (RB, NO)
Pierre Thomas was a useful fantasy player at times last season, featuring in both the rushing and passing games. But he is off to a slow start this season, and it was apparent that the Wigan Warriors’ owner was looking for at least a short-term replacement for the player he drafted in the ninth round. So in came Jerkick McKinnon straight off the back of his 14-point, 152-yard game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. McKinnon does have some potential, but it’s hard to see him eclipsing the 100-yard mark again this season behind Matt Asiata (and Adrian Peterson should he return).
Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Carlos Hyde (RB, SF)
Barnyard Gems (HD) added Justin Forsett (RB, BAL)
Whilst rookie running back Carlos Hyde may only have been a contributor in a change-of-pace role for the 49ers, he has posted a couple of decent fantasy weeks. However, in both of those weeks he posted a touchdown. Last week when he had a career-high ten carries, he only rushed for a measly 26 yards, and so his fantasy production appears to be based solely on whether or not he takes the ball into the end zone. Before the season he was a potential rookie sleeper, but if it continues as it has been then he’ll probably remain on waivers. It’s not been the same story for Justin Forsett, however, who has been competing for touches with both Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro. But despite the three-headed running game in Baltimore, Forsett has managed to produce well with an league leading 5.8 yards per carry amongst qualifying rushers and finds himself in the top 15 at his position before the Week 5 games. Forsett is a much more promising fantasy option than Hyde.
Team apachefootball (zac) dropped Redskins D/ST (D/ST, WSH)
Team apachefootball (zac) added Devin Hester (WR, ATL)
With the Bengals on a bye week, Team apachefootball attepmtped to plug the gap with the Redskins D/ST. Unfortunately, he couldn’t have made a worse decision. The Redskins gave up 45 points against a Giants offense who had struggled through the first three weeks of the season, so it wasn’t a surprise to see that they had been dropped after the game. But the Bengals return this week, and so a backup D/ST is not a current need for the team. Instead replacing the Redskins is Devin Hester. The special teams superstar was just one yard shy of 100 yards receiving in the opening fixture, and has found the end zone in each of his past two games.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Justin Hunter (WR, TEN)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Bishop Sankey (RB, TEN)
This was the first of four moves in a big day for La Linea Lineman, who look to improve on their 0-4 start to the season. After an opening week full of promise, Jake Locker looked like he could go on to have a good season. Since then, however, things haven’t really got going for the Titans’ offense, and Justin Hunter is far from a top fantasy wideout. Conversely, rookie running back Bishop Sankey had a slow start to the season, but his on-field involvement is on the ascendency. This particular move is a hit and hope rather than a surefire move by a team desperate for their first win.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Panthers D/ST (D/ST, CAR)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Eagles D/ST (D/ST, PHI)
The Panthers have not been anywhere near as good as in 2013, when they were second only in D/ST rankings to the Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles, on the other hand, have the most fantasy points for a D/ST through four games this season and are going up against the Rams offense – who are on their third quarterback – in their next game.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Matt Bryant (K, ATL)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Steven Hauschka (K, ATL)
Although Hauschka hasn’t been as productive as last season, he has more upside going forward than Atlanta’s Matt Bryant. Over the past three weeks the Falcons have attempted just two field goals, one of which was missed. It appears patience with Bryant has been lost.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Alfred Blue (RB, HOU)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Dwayne Allen (TE, IND)
Alfred Blue was a pickup after Arian Foster went down with yet another injury. But he only had one meaningful game – that was in Week 3 against the New York Giants where Blue had 13 carries for 78 yards and one reception for ten. But that wasn’t good enough to save his spot on the La Linea Lineman roster, whose owner opted to roll the dice on Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. Allen has been doing well as the starting TE for the Colts, scoring a touchdown in three of four games this season. His consistency, so long as it continues, will reward his fantasy owners nicely. This particular bit of business concluded La Linea Lineman’s dealings for the week, and should help the team towards their first victory of the season.
Wigan Warriors (Wig) added Bears D/ST (D/ST, CHI)
Wigan Warriors (Wig) dropped Dolphins D/ST (D/ST, MIA)
The Dolphins have been a surprise package as a D/ST this year, and have accumulated the fifth-most fantasy points over the first four weeks of the season. But Week 5 is Miami’s bye week, and so the Wigan Warriors opted to add and start the Bears’ defense because the Broncos are yet to impress this season. Look for Miami to be a hot waiver commodity after this round of games.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Bobby Rainey (RB, TB)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Allen Hurns (WR, JAC)
Rainey looked to be a good option when Doug Martin went down with an injury, but he hasn’t capitalised on the opportunity. He did have a good second week, but he was involved in less than half of Tampa Bay’s offensive snaps last weekend in their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Doug Martin also back in the mix, Rainey’s fantasy star is quickly fading. Allen Hurns is enjoying a much better season than Rainey, and with Cecil Shorts, Marquise Lee and Marcedes Lewis injured, Hurns has a good chance of having a good week against a Steelers defense that has allowed 58 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers over the past two weeks.
Abergele JETS (ABJ) added Jared Cook (TE, STL)
Abergele JETS (ABJ) dropped Maurice Jones-Drew (RB, OAK)
The Abergele JETS took Jones-Drew in the ninth round of the draft, and after scoring only two points so far this season – both coming in the season opener – he now finds himself a part of The League’s free agent pile. Taking his place on the roster is St. Louis tight end Jared Cook. Cook is hardly a mouth-watering option, but he is a threat as one of the biggest weapons in the Rams’ offense.
Team AZ Fixitmen (FULL) dropped Steelers D/ST (D/ST, PIT)
Team AZ Fixitmen added Jonathan Stewart (RB, CAR)
This particular move was a bit of a head-scratcher. Jonathan Stewart, who is listed as doubtful for Carolina’s game on Sunday against the Saints, was taken from waivers and put straight into the starting lineup for Team AZ Fixitmen. The Fixitmen happen to be 4-0, but surely starting a healthy Toby Gerhart would be a better option than an injured Jonathan Stewart. Stewart takes the spot left by the Steelers D/ST, who were used as a Week 4 stopgap with the Cardinals on a bye week.
Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Jordan Matthews (WR, PHI)
Barnyard Gems (HD) added Steelers D/ST (D/ST, PIT)
The Steelers didn’t remain free agents for long. A couple of days after being dropped by Team AZ Fixitmen, the Barnyard Gems owner picked them up to replace Jordan Matthews – who after a promising Week 3 didn’t follow it up with a good showing in Week 4 against San Francisco. The Steelers have a favourable matchup in Jacksonville this week, and even after blowing their Week 4 contest against the Buccaneers should be in the points against the Jaguars.
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