Thinking outside the trade box
Trading can sometimes feel like the worst form of rejection, like going to a speed dating event and not a single person choosing you to exchange contact details. You start questioning whether it’s you – do I put terrible offers out there? Am I overvaluing my players?
As we’re right in the heart of the trade window, I thought it’d be a good time to throw a bit of unorthodoxy into the picture. Not all trades are perfect 1 for 1 or 2 for 1s. There are other, more hidden assets on your roster and ways to turn those assets into something tradable.
So this week I’m going to outline some rather unique types of offers that you may not have ever tried. After all, it’s been a quirky season. Consider this:
1. There are more undefeated teams (five) than there ever has been at this point in a season.
2. The top PPR scorer at each position is Andy Dalton, Devonta Freeman, DeAndre Hopkins and Gary Barnidge. Only Hopkins could be considered just a mild surprise.
3. The number of undrafted or late-drafted players to emerge as starting fantasy contributors is astounding. According to Fantasy Pros, quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Tyrod Taylor were the 27th and 28th drafted QBs yet sit fourth and 10th overall (Taylor would be higher than 10th if he wasn’t injured last week). Dion Lewis is ranked fifth overall in PPR yet was virtually undrafted (76th running back, 374th overall). Travis Benjamin is a top seven wide receiver and was so little drafted that he’s not even in the 420 players listed for average draft position. Finally, Barnidge was the 47th drafted tight end picked and if you are in a league that drafts 47 tight ends, you’re a greater man than I.
4. Only eight teams have a positive run block rating. If this continues, this would easily be the worst run blocking year since we started measuring the stat nine years ago. To put it in perspective, last year was the previous low, with only 16 teams posting a positive run block score. In previous years, it was typical to have 20-30 teams in the positive and in 2009, all but one team were in the black. Of course, the number is cumulative, so teams can and will move into the positive side by season’s end. But early signs suggest a particularly down year.
So if you’re running out of ideas but are desperate to improve your team, try constructing one of these offers and see if you’re more successful.