Fantasy Football 2013: Grading The Trade
One of the best things about fantasy football is the whole concept that you own the team. You are the general manager, able to add and cut players from your roster. And, of course, owners have the power to perform the most fun activity in fantasy land.
There is nothing more fun than participating in ongoing trade discussions with other fantasy owners, as if you are an actual general manger of an organization. It’s never too early to trade, but considering it’s already Week 7, owners need to hurry up, as most leagues trade deadlines are right around the corner. So, with injuries swarming fantasy rosters, I thought it would be a good time to shed some light on some trades from hesitant owners.
Let’s grade the trade.
Trade: I get Darren Sproles for Josh Gordon. (1.0 PPR)
Grade B: This is a pretty even trade, but I’d side towards Sproles on this one. It comes down to two things. A) Quarterback. Sorry, but I’ll take Drew Brees over Brandon Weeden every day of the week, and twice on Sundays. B) Sproles will still see a decent amount of carries with Mark Ingram banged up, which gives him some added value. While I love Gordon this season, and think he’ll finish as a top-20 fantasy wideout, the owner also stated that he already has Victor Cruz, Reggie Wayne, Keenan Allen and Julius Thomas as pass-catchers. I think you can certainly afford to ship Gordon for one of, if not the best PPR option in all of fantasy football. Sproles has caught 32 of 43 targets this season and has only posted one game with less than four catches. He’s still seeing 31.7 snaps per contest, and is Brees’ security blanket.
Trade: Was offered Roddy White and Reggie Bush for A.J. Green and Darren Sproles (PPR)
Grade C: While I absolutely love Bush for the rest of the season, I feel like losing Green to gain White is too significant of a downgrade at the wide receiver position. He stated that he was deep at the wide receiver position, but Green isn’t a guy I’d be comfortable trading. Besides, in a PPR league, Sproles is almost just as valuable as Bush. And as it stands right now, Green is the most targeted wide receiver in football (70) and is en route to another stellar season. If you really need a back, perhaps try trading Green for someone of higher status, like LeSean McCoy or someone like that. I just feel like owning White could be a headache for the rest of the season, and Green is one of the safest receivers in all of fantasy.
Trade: Was offered Eddie Lacy, Le’Veon Bell and Roddy White for Doug Martin (PPR)
Grade C-: This is one of those situations where the opposing owner says “Hey, I’ll give you THREE players for only ONE.” While Martin has been very disappointing, he is still considered a top-10 fantasy back, and the workload suggests that he will turn it around. Having already been on a bye, Martin is currently fourth in attempts this season (116). He’s still on pace for upwards to 1,500 total yards, and while he hasn’t scored the touchdowns (1.4 red zone attempts per game), they will come. He is too big a part of their offense, and with a rookie quarterback under center, Martin should begin to see more receptions. That may be what’s been hurting owners the most. The fact that he only has 11 catches after hauling in 49 passes a season ago. I do like Lacy and Bell for the long haul, but Bell is playing behind an awful offensive line and Lacy is still an unproven rookie with a track record of injury. Meanwhile, White is already banged up and his status for Week 7 is in question. Stick with Martin, and if he continues to frustrate you and you decide to trade him, aim higher.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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