Here are a roundup of the trades and waiver moves from The League ahead of the Week 6 NFL and fantasy football matchups.
Salford Bloggers transactions
Sun, Oct 5
Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Stevan Ridley (RB, NE)
Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Dolphins D/ST (D/ST, MIA)
I had been looking to pick up the Dolphins after they were dropped earlier on last week, but instead of waiting until after the Week 5 games had finished, I jumped the gun and dropped Stevan Ridley in favour of them. The Dolphins D/ST have been doing a lot better than my backup defense (the Rams), and so I wanted to upgrade that position. Unfortunately, Ridley went on to put up 17 points against the Bengals, but at least I have some insurance at D/ST when the Chargers have their bye week.
Wed, Oct 8
Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Branden Oliver (RB, SD)
Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Rams D/ST (D/ST, STL)
The Rams D/ST have not panned out at all this season. Before the season had started the Rams looked like they could have had a top three D/ST, but they are a far cry from that mark only five weeks into the season. Branden Oliver, on the other hand, has been great for the San Diego Chargers in the last couple of games. With the Salford Bloggers needing help at the running back position, Oliver should prove to be a smart addition against the Oakland Raiders’ defense.
Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Owen Daniels (TE, BAL)
Salford Bloggers dropped Niles Paul (TE, WSH)
With Jimmy Graham on a bye week with the Saints, I was on a tight end hut this week. While Niles Paul has been occupying a slot on my bench for the last couple of weeks, he isn’t good enough to fill in as the starting tight end, especially with Jordan Reed scheduled to return to the Redskins this week. So after finding Owen Daniels, who is seeing a healthy number of targets with the absence of Dennis Pitta, the deal was done.
Wed, Oct 8
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Knile Davis (RB, KC)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Andre Williams (RB, NYG)
Knile Davis was one of the best fantasy running backs from Week 2 through to Week 5, as he replaced and shared carries with starter Jamaal Charles struggling with injury to start the season. So it isn’t a surprise to see him return to waivers with Charles back to full strength. Even less surprising is to see a running back replaced with another running back in fantasy with such a shallow class this year. Andre Williams was one of the hot pickups this week following an impressive performance for the Giants last week against the Falcons. With Rashad Jennings out, Andre Williams has another chance to score big in Week 6.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Isaiah Crowell (RB, CLE)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Ronnie Hillman (RB, DEN)
This move seemed like a knee-jerk reaction to Week 5. Isiah Crowell, coming off a bye week, scored just a single point with six attempts for 19 yards as he shared carries with both Ben Tate and Terrance West. But his other performances this season have shown that he can get it done. Whereas Ronnie Hillman replaced an injured Montee Ball and only scored five more points than Crowell. Hillman doesn’t have a good Week 6 matchup either against a Jets defense who are strong up front, but have a weak secondary that Denver will concentrate on exploiting. The owner of Team Zachrich would probably have been better riding out this week and see if this particular move was still worth making next week.
Team apachefootball (zac) dropped Shayne Graham (K, NO)
Team apachefootball (zac) added Chandler Cantanzaro (K, ARI)
With Shayne Graham on a bye this week, Team apachefootball needed someone to take his starting spot. With no kicker on the bench, the owner of the team was forced to trawl through the free agents to find a replacement. He came up with Chandler Cantanzaro, who is a solid option.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB, BAL)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Stevan Ridley (RB, NE)
Stevan Ridley didn’t stay on waivers for long after I dropped him, which is hardly surprising after a big performance against the Bengals on Sunday night. He replaced Lorenzo Taliaferro, who lost his shine after his dismal production in Week 5.
Wigan Warriors added Eli Manning (QB, NYG)
Wigan Warriors dropped Joe Flacco (QB, BAL)
With Drew Brees another victim of the bye week and a loss for the Wigan Warriors, Eli Manning was brought in to hold down the fort in Week 6. He was preferred to Joe Flacco after his recent improvement following a turbulent start to the season. Flacco has remained mediocre throughout the season.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Eddie Royal (WR, SD)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Mohamed Sanu (WR , CIN)
Eddie Royal showed what he could do last week – and in summary it isn’t much without finding the end zone. Mohamed Sanu has far more Week 6 upside though, as A.J. Green is out, so Sanu projects to be one of Andy Dalton’s biggest targets as Cincinnati take on the Carolina Panthers.
Thur, Oct 9
Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Steelers D/ST (D/ST, PIT)
Barnyard Gems (HD) added Jordan Reed (TE, WSH)
Jordan Reed is expected to make his return for Washington’s Week 6 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, and if he rediscovers his form which made him a hot fantasy addition last year, then this transaction will most certainly pay off. And for a team that already owns the Patriots D/ST, the Steelers aren’t that much of a loss.
Fri, Oct 10
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Allen Hurns (WR, JAC)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Knile Davis (RB, KC)
This one was a headscratcher. Although Allen Hurns has not managed to better his opening week showing in which he racked up over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns, he is one of the two starting receivers for Jacksonville and should have a better opportunity to score fantasy points than Knile Davis who is back in his role as Jamaal Charles’ understudy. Perhaps the owner of Team Zachrich knows something we don’t.
Barnyard Gems dropped Josh Gordon (WR, CLE)
Barnyard Gems added Kendall Wright (WR, TEN)
The Gems swapped a receiver who could help down the line one he returns from suspension, with one who can contribute as a WR3 right away. However, just because Gordon led the league in receiving yards last year does not necessarily mean he will pick up where he left up once he is back in the Browns’ squad – rustiness and lack of chemistry could inhibit his production.
Sun, Oct 12
La Linea Lineman dropped Stevan Ridley (RB, NE)
La Linea Lineman added Josh Gordon (WR, CLE)
For a 1-4 team, the addition of Josh Gordon could prove to be a major difference maker down the line as we get closer to the Playoffs. Especially seen as he is replacing a horribly inconsistent Stevan Ridley who can’t be counted on to get a decent fantasy score.