Week 3 XN Sports League of Champions Transaction Recap

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Eddie Royal

November 18, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The XN Sports writers have been busy tinkering and Week 2 was followed by the usual flurry of transactions. We even saw our first trade of the season as Salvatore Stefanile’s Studfeldsville sent Rob Gronkowski to Bryan Knowles’ Brykno Rhinos for Julio Jones. Let’s see what the XN Sports experts are up to this week and some moves you might want to make in your own league.

Waivers:

Studfeldsvile (Salvatore Stefanile) added Mike Glennon, dropped Darrius Heyward-Bey

With Josh Freeman on the bubble in Tampa, it makes all the sense in the world to grab Glennon in a 2QB league like the LoC. Every starter is worth owning and Freeman is coming dangerously close to the first QB to be benched. The 2QB guru is future planning.

4th and Goal (Neil Parker) added Martellus Bennett, dropped Dallas Clark

After seeing 12 targets in Week 1, Clark saw just one target in Week 2 against the Browns. Ed Dickson has only seen six targets all season so Clark could still have value against non-Browns defenses but he’s not worth owning in most leagues. Bennett tends to be inconsistent but with 16 targets and three touchdowns in two games, he’s a must-own. With the fewest points in the league though, this isn’t the move that will put Neil over the top.

Make It Wayne (Igor Derysh) added Jason Snelling, dropped Donald Brown

I’ve been trying to make up for my lack of RB depth on the waiver wire and decided to grab the very unexciting Jason Snelling with SJax out for a few weeks. I’d end up dropping Snelling long before I could ever consider using him but he could be worth a look in some leagues.

Coconut Pete (Tom Fitzgerald) added Eddie Royal, dropped Cordarrelle Patterson

Royal is a must-add after grabbing five TDs in two games. With Malcom Floyd out indefinitely, Royal should see an even bigger role. Coconut Tom is going to need all the help he can get when he faces the fearsome Make It Wayne squad looking to bounce back from the thumping they got in Week 2.

Blurred Goal Lines (Tony Consiglio) added James Starks, dropped Kendall Hunter

Starks is an obvious grab after replacing Eddie Lacy and putting up 24 touches for 168 yards and a TD. Unfortunately he faces a tough Bengals D this week and has a bye week right after and will return to his bench role when Lacy returns. As is the case often, Starks was only worth owning when no one owned him in Week 2.

Fantasy Foundation (Rich Hribar) added Minnesota D/ST, dropped Carolina D/ST

The Vikings D ranks seventh in fantasy points while Panthers rank 20th and Rich is playing the hot hand.

Derwood #Degenerates (C.D. Carter) added Jason Campbell, dropped Jeremy Kerley

Denny added Campbell when it looked like he was going to start for the Browns and then dropped him hours later when it turned out he wouldn’t be.

Fifty Shades of Cats (Felipe Melecio) added Charles Clay, dropped Kellen Winslow

After Winslow saw a Dallas Clark-esque drop in targets from Week 1 to Week 2, Felipe grabbed TE/FB hybrid Charles Clay after he put up five receptions for 109 yards and a rushing touchdown. If the Dolphins give Clay the goal line carries on top of a steady dose of targets, he could put up a lot more points than average TEs.

Blurred Goal Lines (Tony Consiglio) added Andre Ellington, dropped Kenny Britt

Tony clearly read my RB and WR Pickups article and grabbed the Cards’ rookie on the rise. Rashard Mendenhall is banged up and if he sits, Ellington could be a good play against the Saints. He’s also a guy you can hold on to since Mendenhall is right toward the top of the list of RBs likely to lose starting gigs this season.

Fifty Shades of Cats (Felipe Melecio) added Garrett Hartley, dropped Justin Tucker

Hartley has already made six field goals, three of them over 40 yards. Tucker has made just two field goals. Tucker was one of the first kickers drafted in most leagues and a reminder that if you’re not drafting a kicker with your very last pick, you’re doing it wrong.

Fifty Shades of Cats (Felipe Melecio) added Detroit D/ST, dropped Leonard Hankerson

Felipe decided to grab the Lions’ vicious front line, we’ll see if they prove to be fantasy relevant.

Derwood #Degenerates (C.D. Carter) added NY Jets D/ST, dropped Oakland D/ST

Denny continues to stream his defenses, dropping the Raiders in favor of the Jets who also have a great front-seven and face a highly questionable Bills offense this week.

Derwood #Degenerates (C.D. Carter) added Brian Hoyer, dropped Jason Campbell

Turns out Brian Hoyer is starting so Denny grabbed him instead. In a 2QB league, every starter should be owned, no matter how unattractive. Still, without Trent Richardson in the backfield, Hoyer is going to have a long day against the Vikes.

Keepin Heads Ringin (Michael Clifford) added Tennessee D/ST, dropped Indianapolis D/ST

The Titans rank sixth in fantasy points while Indy ranks 21st.

Make It Wayne (Igor Derysh) added Willis McGahee, dropped Jason Snelling

Snelling wasn’t going to reap potential rewards like McGahee might so I grabbed him as soon as Trent Richardson was traded to Indy. Assuming the Browns don’t land Maurice Jones-Drew or another starter, this could be a good pickup. Maybe.

Fifty Shades of Cats (Felipe Melecio) added Austin Pettis, dropped Denarius Moore

Pettis was targeted 11 times and came away with 78 yards and a TD on Sunday. Of course, he only got three receptions and 16 yards in Week 1 and only had 30 receptions all of last year so he’s not likely to repeat his Week 2 effort often.

Derwood #Degenerates (C.D. Carter) added Bobby Rainey, dropped Christine Michael

Rainey is one of the possible options for the Browns to use at RB with TRich gone and since I grabbed McGahee, Denny takes a shot Rainey being the guy. Chris Ogbonnaya figures to see some carries as well, we’ll see how the Browns RB picture plays out.

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.