Trade Wins – Entrenchment & Trent Treatment

Ryan McKee discusses early season entrenchment, how to deal with it in your trade discussions, and some interesting trade targets resulting from the real-life Trent Richardson trade.

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Ryan McKee discusses early season entrenchment, how to deal with it in your trade discussions, and some interesting trade targets resulting from the real-life Trent Richardson trade.

Trade Wins – Entrenchment & Trent Treatment


TrentRichardsonCOLTSFull Disclosure: I live in Melbourne, Australia. Originially from Canada, I moved across the water two years ago to take on a job in the Australian Football League. Australian football is probably as foreign to you as it was to me two years ago, but I’ve come to love the unique sport. Even fantasy AFL is catching on and while fantasy drafting is still relatively new, it won’t be long until it’s the preferred way to play the game.

Of course, once AFL fans get acquainted to drafting players, they will undoubtedly face the buyer’s remorse issues we discussed last week.  They’ll also succumb to the next condition we’re about to uncover: early season entrenchment.

Entrenchment takes root, quite literally, in the trenches.  The term originated in the mid-16th century and defined a military strategy of fortifying oneself defensively in a trench.  Effectively, you were limiting exposure and restricting movement in exchange for safeguarding yourself against opposing threats.

Similar to their 16th century military counterparts, fantasy footballers entrench themselves early with their draft picks.

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  • Trader

    Couple of trades i am contemplating – 1. Moreno for Roddy White? 2. Sproles+Cook/J. Gordon for Wilson.. Thoughts

    • [email protected]

      Obvioulsly depends on scoring format and what your roster looks like. That said, Knowshown has 2 carries for 45y and 2 TDs. His remaining 22 carries have net 76yd. He’s also only getting 13-15 total touches per game, and if Den gets up big, in games, you have to think they want to get M Ball reps. Second, he’s only had 200+ carries once in 5 season and has never gained 1kyd. Maybe I’m wrong and Moreno is having a FJax/Priest Holmes like late career surge, but odds say that’s not going to happen.

    • rmckee

      I like your thinking on that first trade, as Moreno will surely cede carries to Ball as the season progresses. The Denver Post reported this week that bringing Ball along slowly was always the plan and that we might see him take an increased role sometime between Week 5 and 8. Despite 2 TDs on the year, Moreno has actually yet to receive a single carry inside the 20-yard line, so it remains to be seen whether they trust him in close.

      The second offer is a nice deal as well, but not sure if you’ll get it after Gordon’s day today. He’s a typical ‘pay to see the flop’ candidate anyway, where the owner, having invested in him and his 2-game suspension, would be unlikely to part with him before seeing him play his first game. But certainly Wilson is a buy-low and Gordon will be a focal point of that Browns offense. Interestingly, a few trade rumblings could impact a few of these guys. Apparently Mark Ingram has indicated he’d like to be traded and if that happens, Sproles may get a few more touches. And there are also rumours of Gordon being dealt, which could help or hurt his future prospects. So while I’d probably prefer the Gordon/Wilson side of the equation (especially if you have a good TE to plug in Cook’s place), there are a few unknowns that might change things considerably.