There is little hesitation to this statement:
The 14-expert Yahoo! Friends and Family League just had its most interesting spurt of the season. Take a look at the calendar for the reason why.
We're eight weeks into the football season — or more than halfway through the fantasy schedule before playoffs. By now, owners have a grasp of where their teams are and where they aren't.
That drives trades.
Our group, usually about as aggressive as a snail on a race track, had three of 'em, and my team was involved in two.
Hours after Romo didn't have his best game — just passed up about a dozen profanity-laced phrases — against the Eagles and before the Chargers played their Monday night game against the Chiefs, I offered this deal to Erickson with the message, "Change of scenery?"
My team was about to be 3-5, and dammit, my trust in Romo was running thin. More relevantly, I cover the Chargers (Twitter, if you're into it) and have a pretty good sense of that team and its offense.
This has its benefits (talking to a source and adding Curtis Brinkley(notes) before he takes his concussion test, knowing in good faith he'll pass) and its negatives (waking up the next day to the news Peyton Hillis(notes) aggravated his hamstring injury and Chris Ogbonnaya(notes) — the guy you dropped for Brinkley like a moron — just saw his value sky rocket).
Son of a anyway, I'm extremely comfortable buying on Rivers right now. Pretty darn confident he is healthy, despite outside speculation to the contrary. Pretty darn confident he'll get rolling sooner rather than later. And with my team struggling, I've got to take some risks to defeat teams better than mine.
Erickson waited until after the Monday night game to accept the deal. Those interceptions to start and the play toward the end, "What the Fumble," understandably left a lasting impression.
An interesting swap here between two players not having terrible years but haven't exactly been the PPR gods we grew to expect.
Hansen breaks down the deal, proposed by Behrens.
"I accepted simply because Roddy White has a better QB than Fitzgerald," Hansen said. "That's usually my tie-breaker when looking at two receivers of seemingly equal value. Plus, with backup John Skelton looking like the Week 9 starter, things are looking even worse for Fitzgerald, although they can't be much worse."
For the sake of balance, a couple notes: One of the key elements to White's 115-catch season last year was the 68.8 catch rate on passes thrown his way. He's down to 55.7 percent this year. That, the presence of Julio Jones(notes), and the-whatever-the-hell-is-wrong-with Matt Ryan(notes) haven't helped.
White is now on pace for 160 targets, a tick down from a more efficient 176 in 2010.
First things first here.
When I proposed this trade Wednesday, "playing for now" and looking to get value for Megatron while he was on bye, I expected this kind of reaction, and Clemons was fully ready to give it to me.
But like broccoli, after the trade sat on the table overnight, it changed.
By Thursday morning, the avalanche of Ahmad Bradshaw(notes) injury news had come crashing, and despite Jacobs looking like a total — and I've never used this word before in my writing career because I have been saving it for a special time — turd against the Dolphins, his value suddenly shot up as a potential 20-carry and goal-line guy in New York.
So, instead of rejecting it, he accepted. Quickly.
"At the very least, I would have suspended any talks until next week … allowing for Calvin to get over his bye," Clemons said in an email interview. "I'm not sure how my team will be affected by the blockbuster. Having Calvin, Andre Johnson(notes) and Brandon Marshall(notes) for a PPR — on paper — looks to be a real coup; and my roster is chock-full of big names with solid track records.
"And yet, I'm still at the mercy of HOPING that Brandon Jacobs will accrue 80 percent of Bradshaw's typical numbers from week to week."
Oh God, I don't miss that.
Quick aside: I'm a decent person. Don't wish injury against that many people. But man, maybe it's just me, but in fantasy football, as a Jacobs owner, I couldn't watch Bradshaw get up slowly during a Giants game without being borderline jazzed about it, thinking my guy could see some production.
So after those two trades and some work in free agency (really wish I held on to Ogbonnaya), this is the before and after in starting roster from Week 8 to Week 9
Before: Romo, Johnson, Jackson, Maurice Morris(notes), Montario Hardesty(notes), Ed Dickson(notes), Anthony Armstrong(notes) (I know) and Bush. After: Rivers, Jackson, Austin, Rice, Mike Tolbert(notes), Heath Miller(notes), Lance Moore(notes) and Taiwan Jones(notes).
Andy Did It!!!
Yes, three exclamation marks. It's that big of a deal.
Sports historians won't remember Oct. 27, 2011, for Game 6 of the St. Louis Cardinals-Texas Rangers World Series. Before David Freese's final-strike two-run triple, before Lance Berkman's final-strike RBI single, before Freese walked the Cardinals off with a round-tripper, something actually special happened.
"Honestly, I consider this week's trade of Joseph Addai to be the single-most impressive achievement of my fantasy career," Behrens said at the time. "Sure, I've won some experts leagues and other silly fantasy contests, but I've never faced so much resistance in any undertaking.
"I won't get into all the various proposals and rejections, except to point out that I'd pretty much abandoned all hope of a deal. On Wednesday night, I offered Addai to another manager in exchange for his third tight end, during the player's bye-week ... and I was denied. So there was no optimism. And let's be honest, I didn't really get anything for Addai."
If you see Behrens in the Chicago streets, please shower him with champagne.
And no, he's right. He really didn't get much for him.
He traded Addai to Chet Gresham (Razzballl) for Jay Cutler(notes). Behrens will start Cutler in Week 9 (he would have had to cut Addai to make room for a Cam Newton(notes) bye-week fill-in, so that'll do).
Losing Cutler is no loss for Gresham, and he gets a running back who is still around in the Colts fantasy picture, in a cockroach sort of way.
Working the Wire
This section tracks the expert league’s free agency transactions. The player pool defaults to waivers Sunday though Tuesday, after which owners bid on free agents using a $100 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB).
Move: Chris Liss (RotoWire) dropped Jonathan Baldwin(notes) and added D.J. Ware(notes).
Analysis: Adrenaline pumping, Liss read and reacted to reports that Bradshaw would be out indefinitely with a foot injury. He added Ware about an hour before Clemons traded for Jacobs, who is expected to get first crack at the Giants' heavy lifting. Certainly, Ware is the more PPR-friendly of the two.
Move: Scott Pianowski (Yahoo!) dropped Michael Jenkins(notes) and added Christopher Ivory(notes).
Analysis: Great. You've read this far. Now you're ready for further reading. Behrens did a terrific job breaking down some desperation Week 9 fantasy plays, and Ivory is among them. In a Sean Peyton backfield, hell, Gumbo could lead the team in touches; it's unpredictable. But Ivory is a good gamble with Mark Ingram(notes) sidelined.
Move: I dropped Ogbonnaya and added Brinkley.
Analysis: I'm an idiot.
Other adds: Lance Moore, Heath Miller, Greg Salas(notes), Pittsburgh Steelers defense, Sebastian Janikowski(notes), Brent Celek(notes), Oakland Raiders defense, Matt Cassel(notes), Kevin Faulk(notes), Scott Chandler(notes), Jacquizz Rodgers(notes), Hines Ward(notes), Donald Jones(notes), Mark Sanchez(notes), Jason Avant(notes), Nick Novak(notes), Atlanta Falcons defense, Joe McKnight(notes), Taiwan Jones, Alex Henery(notes), Matt Bryant(notes) and Laurent Robinson(notes).
Other drops: Rob Bironas(notes), Anthony Armstrong, C.J. Spiller(notes), LaRod Stephens-Howling(notes), New Orleans Saints defense, David Akers(notes), Seattle Seahawks defense, Jason Hill(notes), Ed Hickson, Montario Hardesty, Thomas Jones(notes), Josh Scobee(notes), Dexter McCluster(notes), Leon Washington(notes), Mike Thomas(notes), Joe Flacco(notes), Arrelious Benn(notes), Neil Rackers(notes), Washington Redskins defense, David Nelson(notes), Ryan Longwell(notes), Sam Bradford(notes) and Tennessee Titans defense.