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I mention this because I got an e-mail from reader Roland in South Korea three weeks ago, bragging about dealing Derek Anderson for Santana Moss. I gave him the "GTR" stamp of approval without reservation, and since then, Moss has done nothing and Anderson has been a top-10 fantasy quarterback.
Tell me with all sincerity that you knew that was going to happen, and I'll send you $24 worth of ESPN key chains.
The point of the previous paragraphs is that all trades involve risk, and only in retrospect do you know whether a trade was a steal. That said, here are seven risks I'd take before Week 7.
1. Adrian Peterson and Dwayne Bowe for LaDainian Tomlinson
Yes, the Vikings' back is much better than advertised, and I'm a big fan of players whose last names contain my last name. It's a bond we share.
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2. Steve Smith for T.J. Houshmandzadeh
3. Jeremy Shockey for Heath Miller
Shockey's the name, but the Giants have thrown more red zone passes to Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress than their stud tight end. In fact, Shockey has seen as many balls in the red zone as Sinorice Moss and Steve Smith (the rookie who has been out for a month). That's an awful sign. Contrast that to Miller, who has been targeted in the red zone more often than any Steelers receiver other than Hines Ward. With Najeh Davenport's legal woes, it isn't unreasonable to expect Miller to get even more red zone love. He's got nice matchups in five of the next seven weeks.
4. Vince Young for Marc Bulger
Bulger is likely to start this weekend, but Young is a question mark. It doesn't matter either way in my mind. Young hasn't topped 200 yards passing yet and his rushing totals have been pedestrian in four of five games. A sore quad won't help that, and a tough schedule -- Houston, Carolina, Jacksonville and Denver in four of the next five weeks -- is just as daunting. Meanwhile, Bulger returns at the right time for a guy with sore ribs. His next five games include two against the Seahawks, with Cleveland, New Orleans and San Francisco sandwiched in the middle. He even gets a bye week to heal up more. You're likely a week too late to get Drew Brees cheap. Don't miss the same opportunity with Bulger.
5. Peyton Manning for Tom Brady
Maybe I'm just a Patriots honk, but Brady's on pace to break Manning's single-season touchdown record of 49 and now that Peyton's got a ring, maybe Brady cares about that stuff. What I do know for sure is that Belichick's play calling has been relentless and remorseless. Meanwhile, the Colts have real balance between the run and pass and while I don't see Manning having a bad season, there's no way he's setting any passing records this season. Don't forget, Brady still has four games against the dismal defenses of the AFC East.
6. Jerious Norwood for Kevin Jones
If Jones' owner is paying attention, he won't do it. But if he's a fan of Janet Jackson's early work, i.e. "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" you could sell him on Norwood's 138 total yards with a touchdown on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" (yessir, I'm a company man). Just don't mention that Norwood had only 10 touches and continues to be stuck behind the hollowed-out husk of Warrick Dunn. Meanwhile, Jones is about to be the feature back in a Mike Martz offense. Yum.
7. Jaguars D for Buccaneers D
A week ago, I wrote that I'd offered Joseph Addai and Selvin Young for Houshmandzadeh and Kevin Jones. I caught major flak for it from readers who posted on ESPN Conversation (beta), and one guy who mistakenly thought I didn't know the meaning of the word, "penultimate."
Well my offer was accepted, and while I don't think this was a GTR, it did improve my team. This particular roster was stocked at RB with Ronnie Brown, Reggie Bush, Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, as well as Chris Brown. Meanwhile, my receivers included the nearly worthless Lee Evans and the injured Deion Branch. Housh immediately became the anchor of my receiving corps, and as I intimated above, I consider him one of the top three or four fantasy receivers.
That said, I'm aware that Addai was my best back. But Ronnie Brown playing the LT role in Cam Cameron's offense has made me a believer, and I'm high on Bush for the rest of the season. I also have a small concern about Addai in that Kenton Keith looked lovely in Week 5. Addai has never rushed the ball more than 230 times in any college or pro season and with Keith showing some ability, the Colts may limit Addai's touches to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Also, I'm no lawyer, but the way things are going in the Travis Henry saga, it could be Thanksgiving before Selvin Young gets a chance to be the feature back in Denver.
Did I buy Manhattan for 24 bucks, or did I spend a billion dollars buying Hoboken? Only time will tell.
Until next week, don't just win your league. Steal it.
Shawn Peters is a fantasy baseball and football analyst for ESPN.com, as well as a regular contributor to the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. He can be reached at GrandTheftRoto@TalentedMrRoto.com.