Since the last installment, I realized that there was still much improvement to be made with my team.
I had noted that I’d be looking to make a move for Brandon Jacobs when the running back cleared waivers and I did just that. The 49er rusher was a very enticing commodity on the free agent market.
I ended up dropping the New England defense and snatching up Jacobs. This would be just the beginning of a good number of moves since part three.
I completed a solid trade right after that, moving wide receiver DeSean Jackson (who I see having a bad year) and running back Michael Bush (another ‘bleh’-type fantasy player for 2012) for Jet players Shonn Greene and Tim Tebow.
Say what you will about Tebow, but the quarterback can be a very valuable fantasy commodity if things go right. I project he’ll wrestle the starting job from Mark Sanchez before midseason and he’s too dangerous in the red zone to be overlooked in fantasy.
As for Greene, he was the main motivation for the deal. The running back is one of my favorite sleepers for the 2012 season and I would say that he has the potential to rush for 1200 yards behind a good run-blocking Jet offensive line.
Tony Sparano will run the ball a lot in 2012 and I can’t see any back cutting into Greene’s touches like LaDanian Tomlinson used to. Get your hands on this rusher.
After pulling off the solid trade, I went back to the free agent market to make some adjustments to the team.
Seeing that Minnesota’s defense plays Jacksonville in Week One was enticing, so I dropped Matt Hasselbeck (now a backup and worthless in fantasy terms) for the Vikings D/ST. I’m working on trading away Pittsburgh’s defense and we’ll certainly see what happens on that front.
As much as I like Danny Coale, he hasn’t played as well as he can in the preseason and it looks like he’s not worthy of a spot on my roster. I dumped the Cowboy for Dolphin wide receiver Brian Hartline. If Hartline can stay on the field, he should be the No. 1 receiver in Miami.
I also have Davone Bess, so I’ll end up releasing whichever one is getting less targets. It’s a low-risk scenario and it only costs me one roster spot to find a legitimate, matchup-based flex play for the season. No big deal there.
Finally, two different knee injuries impacted my last transaction.
When Brandon Jacobs injured his knee, I knew it was probably time to get rid of him even though I had just gone about acquiring the 49er.
The other knee injury, Trent Richardson’s, gave me some reservations about the running back’s ability to stay on the field. It’s T-Rich’s second knee ‘scope’ since he left college and I decided to grab the Browns’ backup running back, just in case.
I dropped Jacobs and picked up Montario Hardesty, a running back who could get some meaningful carries if Richardson can’t stay on the field.
While I still like Richardson as a fantasy back, I recommend handcuffing him with Hardesty if given the chance.
My roster has a few changes, but there a still a number of players I want to move. Jonathan Stewart, your days are numbered.
QB Cam Newton QB Tim Tebow RB Adrian Peterson RB Jonathan Stewart RB Shonn Greene RB Montario Hardesty WR Miles Austin WR Demaryius Thomas WR Davone Bess WR Kevin Walter WR Brian Hartline TE Owen Daniels TE Dallas Clark K Dan Bailey DEF Pittsburgh DEF Minnesota