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So to follow up from last week’s transaction counter, detailing the trades and free agent pickups that had taken place throughout the preseason, here are all the player movements ahead of week two. As expected, there are a lot more than last time around.
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Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Andre Williams (RB, NYG)
Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Josh Gordon (WR, CLE)
As I aimlessly scrolled through Twitter, I came across a tweet from an NFL reporter, saying that Josh Gordon could be reinstated if a vote to change the NFL’s drug policy passed. Other fantasy accounts soon started urging players to go out and grab Gordon ‘just in case’. As Andre Williams looked unlikely to make a massive difference to the state of my running game, I decided to take a flier on Gordon and dropped Williams at his expense.
Wigan Warriors (WIG) traded Mark Ingram (RB, NO) to Salford Bloggers (SAL)
Salford Bloggers (SAL) traded Broncos D/ST (D/ST, DEN) to Wigan Warriors (WIG)
After Bishop Sankey barely saw the ball, and backup running back Danny Woodhead scored absolutely no points from the bench, I realised that something needed to be done before Week 2. So once I identified potential trade targets, I was able to do a deal for one. Mark Ingram joins the Salford Bloggers and goes straight into the starting lineup ahead of Bishop Sankey, and the Broncos D/ST went in the other direction over the Wigan Warriors’ Chiefs D/ST. Potentially a win-win trade.
Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Josh Gordon (WR, CLE)
Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Allen Hurns (WR, JAC)
Allen Hurns was the surprise package of Week 1, and because of that was a hot commodity on the waiver wire. Somewhat unfortunately, my team’s Week 1 performance meant that I had the highest waiver priority, which is why I was able to add HUrns before anyone else could get his hands on him. This may have been a jerk reaction to a rookie wideout grabbing over 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns on his debut, but right now he has more upside than Josh Gordon, whose suspension review is still in limbo.
Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Jordan Reed (TE, WSH)
Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Jake Locker (QB, TEN)
Tony Romo and Philip Rivers were promising starters heading into Week 2, so with Jake Locker available and coming off the back of a strong showing in Kansas City and facing a poor Dallas defense, claiming him only made sense. Jordan Reed created the roster spot needed to add Locker, because his injury troubles have started flaring up again, and he’s playing in the less-than-attractive Washington Redskins offense.
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Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped James White (RB, NE)
Barnyard Gems (HD) added Tim Wright (TE, NE)
This move was made after the Patriots traded away offensive guard Logan Mankins, getting tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft in return. Wright does have some upside in the Patriots offense, as did Aaron Hernandez when New England used him with Rob Gronkowski in two tight end sets. But at the moment he is only backing up ‘Gronk’, and had only three catches for 15 yards in the Week 1 opener against the Dolphins.
Team AZ Fixitmen (FULL) dropped Shonn Greene (RB, TEN)
Team AZ Fixitmen (FULL) added Charles Clay (TE, MIA)
This move was done before the start of Sunday’s games, so the owner of Team AZ Fixitmen obviously wasn’t expecting Shonn Greene to get the lion’s share of the carries for the Titans. But with five other running backs on the roster, Greene was expendable and bringing in Clay as tight end depth made sense, because the only other option at the position for them is Delanie Walker.
Dallas Cowboyz2014 (BOYZ) dropped Matt Prater (K, DEN)
Dallas Cowboyz2014 (BOYZ) added Robbie Gould (K, CHI)
After the news of Matt Prater’s suspension covering the first four games of the regular season, it would only make sense to bring in another kicker to replace him. If it was me, I would have kept Prater on the roster because he’ll probably be one of the highest scoring when he returns. Obviously the Dallas Cowboyz2014 owner feels differently – but it will be interesting to see if he goes back to Prater when he returns in Week 6.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Tavon Austin (WR, STL)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Jonathan Dwyer (RB, ARI)
More was expected in Tavon Austin’s rookie season than this year, mainly because he was so underwhelming last term, and the former first round pick managed only 34 receiving yards against the Vikings in Week 1 – good enough for three points. Maybe for that reason, he was swapped for Arizona’s Jonathan Dwyer – who like Austin has upside.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Ray Rice (RB, FA)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Justin Forsett (RB, BAL)
If you’re an NFL fan who hasn’t heard about Ray Rice being released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the league, then you’ve been living under a rock. The reason for him being dropped in fantasy football is obvious. Bringing in Justin Forsett to replace him could be a good move, after he replaced Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce in the second half against the Bengals, and making the most of his opportunity, scoring 14 points.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Jonathan Dwyer (RB, ARI)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Andrew Hawkins (WR, CLE)
Jonathan Dwyer’s time on a roster was cut short because he only managed two points on Sunday. He was replaced by Andrew Hawkins who enjoyed a different first week, scoring eight points, and is projected by ESPN to do even better this week.
Abergele JETS (ABJ) dropped Buccaneers D/ST (D/ST, TB)
Abergele JETS (ABJ) added Texans D/ST (D/ST, HOU)
The entire Buccaneers team looked uninspiring against the Carolina – especially the defense who failed to contain a Panthers offense missing their best player in Cam Newton; so it wasn’t really surprising to see them hit waivers. It was even less surprising to see them be replaced by the best D/ST available in free agency, belonging to the Texans. Although it should be noted that Houston’s first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is out for a number of weeks, so they will be slightly weaker up front than they were in Week 1. Even so, they should still have a decent chance at scoring points against a Raiders offense who were horrible against the Jets.
Team apachefootball (ZAC) dropped Mike Evans (WR, TB)
Team apachefootball (ZAC) added Brian Quick, (WR, STL)
Mike Evans didn’t make many waves against the Panthers. Then again he is a bench player and a rookie and is also expendable. It may pay off to replace him with Quick, who was one yard shy of 100 receiving yards in the Rams’ opener, and was one of the very few bright sparks for St. Louis.
Abergele JETS (ABJ) dropped Christine Michael (RB, SEA)
Abergele JETS (ABJ) added Saints D/ST (D/ST, NO)
Christine Michael doesn’t have any fantasy value beyond being an upside handcuff, and even then he has the likes of Robert Turbin and Derrick Coleman to contend with for the carries that Marshawn Lynch doesn’t take. And while the Saints D/ST allowed 37 points and scored minus-seven points in their Week 1 clash with the Atlanta Falcons, they should bounce back against Cleveland on Sunday – they certainly have the talent to do so.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Nick Novak (K, SD)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Mike Nugent (K, CIN)
This is a like-for-like switch, coming after Nick Novak flopped for San Diego and Mike Nugent kicked five field goals for Cincinnati. Chances are Nugent will continue to outscore Novak.
Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Tim Wright (TE, NE)
Barnyard Gems (HD) added Ahmad Bradshaw (RB, IND)
After just one 15-yard display, Tim Wright was discarded, and replaced with Ahmad Bradshaw, who saw the majority of offensive snaps for the Colts on Sunday night. Bradshaw has a chance to take over Trent Richardson as the top back in Indianapolis – if he can stay healthy, that is.
Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Bernard Pierce (RB, BAL)
Team Zachrich (TZ) added Travis Kelce (TE, KC)
Bernard Pierce failed to take the reins in Baltimore, and was replaced by Justin Forsett who did well on Sunday afternoon. Because of their polarising performances, Pierce and his owners can only expect split carries at best, so it’s no wonder he was dropped. In his place is Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, who’s going up against a Broncos team who allowed the third-most yards against TEs last year – so it’s no surprise to see that he’s slotted into a starting role for Team Zachrich this week.
La Linea Lineman (LLL) dropped Blair Walsh (K, MIN)
La Linea Lineman (LLL) added Matt Bryant (K, ATL)
Similar to the Mike Nugent pickup in that the owner decided to drop an underachieving kicker from Week 1 with someone who did better, and will probably go on to do better overall this season.