This weekend was not kind to me in fantasy football. Now before I start writing this, know that I am not mad at any of these players. Don’t be that guy who screams about someone getting hurt because your fantasy team took a nose dive. Yeah I am sure that player would love nothing more than to be able to walk. Go back to your miserable 9 to 5, Tom.

With that being said, my fantasy team got bent over a barrel when Odell Beckham went down. To make matters worse, I also have Brandon Marshall…and Sterling Shepard. I took them in the 1st round, 8th round and 15th round. They just kept falling so I figured why not? If one goes down, I have the next one. That worked out brilliantly. I can’t help but laugh. giphy.gif

The league I am in has 2 RB, 2 WR and 2 Flex. Beckham going down put a huge bind on my team. What did I do? I did what any sensible fantasy football GM would…time to start making trades.

Trades are how I have won championships. It is very rare where I go a season without at least two trades. Here is what my team looked like heading into week 5…

  • Eli Manning
  • Joe Mixon
  • Legarrette Blount
  • Odell Beckham Jr. (IR)
  • Keenan Allen
  • Benjamin Watson (bone headed ass dropped Ed Dickson 3 minutes before kick off)
  • Frank Gore
  • Tarik Cohen
  • Luke Kuechly
  • Bengals D/ST
  • Jason Myers

Now for my bench…

  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Brandon Marshall (IR)
  • Jacquizz Rodgers
  • Derek Carr
  • Sterling Shepard
  • Jerick McKinnon
  • Bills D/ST
  • Mitchell Trubisky

As of Wednesday when the waivers cleared, this is what I am looking like…

  • Derek Carr
  • Jordan Howard
  • Jerrick McKinnon
  • Julio Jones
  • Jermaine Kearse
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Tarik Cohen
  • Ed Dickson
  • Luke Kuechly
  • Redskins D/ST
  • Jason Myers

On the bench…

  • Joe Mixon
  • Bills D/ST
  • Bengals D/ST
  • Mitchell Trubisky
  • Jamaal Charles
  • Hunter Henry
  • Adam Humphries
  • Robert Woods

TRADE TRADE TRADE TRADE TRADE

Once Beckham went down, I decided to start shopping. One thing I have always believed in fantasy is that no one is untouchable. Everyone has a price. It is just a matter of finding the right price.

Deal Number 1
Frank Gore, LeGarrette Blount, Sterling Shepard
For
Julio Jones 

This fills the void of having my top receiver taken away. However, I had to trade three starters to get it back. Therefore, it could not be the only deal I made. That is when I began shopping Keenan Allen. Because I unloaded my backs, I needed to pick up another sure starter at RB. Receivers are always easier to find on the waiver wire.

Deal Number 2
Keenan Allen and Jacquizz Rodgers
For
Jordan Howard and Hunter Henry 

Henry gives me another solid option for the flex and tight end if Gronk goes down at some point. Howard gives me that feature back. So I basically received two starters for one. giphy

And in all honesty, I like my team better now than I did before. I was having the constant battle between which RBs to start. I value running backs more than receivers as a general rule because of the volume of touches. Chances are that another deal happens before it is all said and done. Making moves man!

Just when you are left for dead, you have to find a way to pull yourself out of it.

 

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