Thinking outside the trade box

| 2 years ago
(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

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.

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  • Tyler

    A loan? That’s borderline collusion. I expect better from PFF. Plus, you clearly didn’t proofread. It should say reacquire Foster, not McCoy

    • evo34

      Agree 100%. You’d get booted from my league if you repeatedly tried such horseshit.

      • chillermonster

        Agree with both evo34 and Tyler. Many of the tactics suggested in this article are cut and dry collusion. I don’t know if it’s due to lack of ethics or ignorance, but either way, it really bothers me to see this on PFF.

    • evo34

      Jesus. I just read the rest of the article. Not only does the author lack a shred of morality, he has no idea what collusion means. It’s not “two or more people coming together to benefit one.” It’s two ostensible opponents making a secret agreement to limit open competition, which is exactly what the majority of this article is proposing.

      Thanks, Ryan, for making commissioners add three more anti-douchery clauses to their league constitutions.

  • Vic Hedges

    Yeah, dude, this article is CRAP! Not sure what the hell kind of leagues you play in…

  • Bill Bellichick

    I don’t see anything wrong with this article at all.