Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fantasy Trade #4: Team Grays Fulfills Tight-End Need

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

For the second trade in a row, there has been a swap of fantasy players within the same division in the NFL. This time the AFC East is the culprit as Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) sent TE Dustin Keller over to Team Grays (Nick Grays) for RB Fred Jackson.

Nick's Perspective: Team Grays may have scored the two highest fantasy totals in week six and seven, but I still haven't quite recovered from TE Jermichael Finley's season-ending injury. I'll be the first to admit TE Todd Heap's 27 points the last two weeks makes me one of the luckiest fantasy players around (especially considering how I won by only one point last week). What it doesn't do is set me up for the long-term at the tight-end position because Heap is nothing but an injury concern and almost leaves every game with some kind of ailment. With six running backs on the roster, I felt I could make a trade instead of dropping a player and giving him up to free agency. That's exactly what I did to bring in Keller who is definitely a fantasy starter in most leagues, barring any significant issues with the injured wrist.

Robert's Perspective: What does Robert have to lose at 1-6? He most likely needs to win out the rest of the season to make the playoffs, so why not take a risk? No one needs two tight-ends anyways. Plus, Fred Jackson has a lot of upside as the number one running back in an improving offense. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the passing game lit up the Baltimore Ravens last week, so expect to see a balancing act with Jackson and C.J. Spiller seeing a little more action in the running game. Jackson's 14 fantasy points in his last two starts are not huge, but at the same time, they're not anything to shy away from. With LaDainian Tomlinson and DeAngelo Williams, Fred Jackson is more than worthy of competing with Danny Woodhead for Bobby's Sad-Asses' flex spot each and every week.

Advantage: After two massive wins and a surging 3-4 record, you have to like Team Grays in this deal. Not only did he trade for the second-ranked TE, he gave up a player he hasn't started all season. It's been a busy year for Bobby's Bad-Asses on the trade market as this marks their third trade this season. As most people know, fantasy is about 70% luck and 30% skill. They have the skill (7th in fantasy scoring at 80 points per game), but terrible luck (1st in fantasy points allowed at 93.6 points per game). Don't get me wrong, the deal definitely improves Bobby's Sad-Asses' team. However, it's fairly obvious Team Grays has more to gain out of the deal in the long-term with playoff implications on the line and all.

What do you think about this transaction? Let me know by commenting below!

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