Werner Stohler has transferred his shares in Swiss railway systems planning consultancy and software supplier SMA und Partner to a group of long-standing employees under a management buyout, 25 years after he founded the company. This increases the number of partners from three to 11. SMA employs more than 60 staff and operates in 30 countries. Belgorail has certified RailReLease as an Entity in Charge of Maintenance. The Rotterdam-based leasing company intends to offer ECM services as part of turnkey wagon fleet management packages, and has made ‘a major investment in people, processes and the corresponding IT systems’. PKP Informatyka has bought the Kolejowe Zakady Lacznosc Bydgoszcz ticket vending machine and passenger information business from railway holding company PKP SA. Electro-Motive Diesel has officially opened its locomotive manufacturing facility at Sete Lagoas in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Nomad Digital has acquired Danish passenger information system and on-train internet technology suppliers CM Technology and CM Service, whose customers include DSB S-tog and Arriva. Commute Media retains an advertising sales operation. Alstom Konstal formally opened new vehicle assembly and painting halls at its plant in Chorzów, Poland, on December 6. The plant produces metro cars for Budapest and Amsterdam, Lint multiple-unit bodyshells and components for Citadis trams. Three suppliers including Huawei have signed framework contracts enabling them to bid to provide telecoms consultancy services to the European Railway Agency.
MORE WEEK 8 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderHardy caught two passes on Atlanta’s final garbage-time drive on Sunday, but the rest of the starters were on the field, so maybe something was already in the works then. Hardy isn’t an exciting receiver — his 9.8 yards per reception definitely speaks to a guy running short routes near the sticks. But to some extent, that was working for Sanu this year. With this trade happening before waivers run in most leagues, Hardy is the most obvious possible acquisition – outside of taking a flier on Sanu if he’s available, which we’d prefer to Hardy. The potential for Matt Schaub instead of Matt Ryan as a Week 8 QB hurts Hardy, although those two late catches Sunday did come from Schaub. Unless you’re in a deep league, you can take a wait-and-see approach here, but at this point, Hardy is at most an injury away from being a possible fantasy FLEX play. Mohamed Sanu is heading to the Patriots in a trade for a second-round pick, according to multiple reports Tuesday morning. New England will be Sanu’s third NFL team after he spent multiple years in both Cincinnati and Atlanta. The Pats’ WR corps becomes more crowded with the acquisition of Sanu, as he joins Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, and Jakobi Meyers. Atlanta had been using Sanu in a heavy role so far in 2019, and fantasy owners of Calvin Ridley will rejoice that he’s gone. Justin Hardy the most likely candidate to step into Sanu’s role as a possible sleeper.Sanu isn’t super exciting, and it’s hard to know what his role will be with the Patriots, but there are a lot of borderline fantasy starting WRs that are affected by this Tuesday morning deal. We’ll take a look at some of them here. 👀 LFG!!!!— Mohamed Sanu Sr. (@Mo_12_Sanu) October 22, 2019WEEK 8 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerMohamed Sanu fantasy outlookIt seems almost certain that Sanu’s fantasy value will decline upon the move to New England. While his targets had declined since an early-season barrage, he still was averaging 4.7 receptions per game for the Falcons. Gordon has been out because of a knee injury, while Edelman (chest) and Dorsett (hamstring) have battled their own ailments, so this is probably a depth play for the Patriots. If all three of those are healthy, it’s hard to imagine Sanu catching four passes in many games going forward.Because it’s New England, though, and everything has meaning. If you already owned Sanu in your fantasy league, don’t drop him yet. There’s a chance the Patriots view him as better than we think they do — it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Sanu becomes their No. 2 receiver. If that happened, he’d be a fantasy WR3 most weeks, so you can’t bail on that without seeing a game or two of action. It seems like there’ll be a week or two the rest of the way where Sanu catches eight passes. It just might be hard to predict.There’s one other possibility to be considered: Sanu could be the passing game replacement to Rob Gronkowski. Sanu won’t line up on the end of the line like a tight end, but he fits enough of the big-bodied mold to potentially solve New England’s 2019 tight end woes. That’s another reason to keep Sanu around. If nothing else, he could become a red-zone favorite of Tom Brady.WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWill Calvin Ridley be helped by Mohamed Sanu trade?Every week this season, Sanu played more snaps than Ridley. There are reasons for that, like blocking, that don’t necessarily stop Ridley from being a good fantasy wide receiver. But you never like to have your player standing on the sideline. He can’t accumulate points over there, no matter how hard he tries.For reference, Sanu was actually the most-snapped Falcons’ WR, ahead of Julio Jones, too. Jones probably steps into the near every-play spot that Sanu was holding while Ridley should play more snaps every week, too. Ultimately, this doesn’t change Ridley’s fantasy value as much as we’d like it to. He was one of our most-hyped players in the preseason, as we figured he’d follow up his rookie season with a monster sophomore year. But he’s been inconsistent, just like a year ago, and Sanu’s absence won’t be the thing that solves that.Maybe Ridley gets a target more a game. He’s received six targets in all but one game this year, so maybe that number rises to seven targets in basically every game going forward. He’ll have good games, and most weeks we’ll still rank him as a WR3. But since he doesn’t play Sanu’s position, Ridley’s role in the offense will remain pretty constant. He’ll still get his six-plus targets with a deep ball look here and there. Just don’t get overly excited that Sanu’s trade means Ridley is free or something. He’ll still be boom-or-bust Calvin Ridley.Week 8 DFS Lineups: Y! Cash | Y! GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPPPhillip Dorsett fantasy outlookSomething’s gotta give in New England, and Dorsett is the most likely candidate to step out of the way. It’s not a perfect swap in and swap out for Sanu, though. Dorsett is mostly an outside guy, while Sanu spent 90 percent of his time in Atlanta this season playing the slot. We’re not even going to consider that Julian Edelman gets pushed out of the way, though, so Dorsett’s time on the field could be affected the most.Dorsett already was a borderline fantasy option, almost a poor man’s Ridley. His snaps have fluctuated more than Edelman’s or Gordon’s, suggesting he’s more expendable. Like we said with Sanu, you can’t really drop Dorsett if you have him right now because you have to see how this plays out. And technically, Dorsett has lined up more in the slot this season than he has outside because of how many of the Patriots’ formations are set up.Sanu’s acquisition also puts a damper on any hope for Jakobi Meyers having a few big weeks going forward in his rookie season. He’s seen even more slot usage than Dorsett, but Sanu is simply a more developed version of Meyers, who will now have to sit and learn from another veteran.WEEK 8: Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsIs Justin Hardy a waiver wire pickup?Where do Sanu’s 4.7 receptions per game go in Atlanta? While they probably won’t all go to Hardy, the 27-year-old receiver appears to fit the Sanu slot role most readily. Outside of Ridley, Jones and Austin Hooper, Hardy has played the most snaps in the slot for the Falcons this season.