Dynasty Trade Talk: Don’t Be A Jerk
May 30, 2014 | Jeff
The crew here at The Fake Football likes to keep things honest and transparent when discussing various fantasy football related topics, so I have an announcement to make: I have been a jerk lately. Grade A, USDA Prime Jerk. However, the good news is that I had a bit of an epiphany and have turned a corner. I wish I had a breathtaking story about how I was at the top of a mountain or underneath a waterfall at the time this thought sparked in my brain, but in reality I was probably just lounging on my couch stuffing my face with various deep fried foods. Now, let’s get into the details.
How many of you have made a fantasy football trade in the last calendar year? Raise your hand. Good for you, my fake football friend. If you have left your comfort zone in the rear view mirror and courageously ventured out into the wild to improve the prospects of your fantasy team, you will know exactly what I am talking about here. Have you ever heard the following phrases?
“This guy/gal in my league just sends out horrible trade offers. I actually feel insulted by this latest offer.”
“I hate getting bad trade offers. Quit wasting my time.”
“Is this offer even serious? What are you smoking?”
We have all been in the midst of trade negotiations gone bad, and have likely experienced fantasy owners “fishing” around with bad trade offers. This is where my jerkiness reared it’s ugly head recently.
In my main dynasty league (and by main, I mean the financial incentive is greater than my spouse would/should care to know about), I received what I thought was an insulting trade offer. I assumed this schmuck on the other end of the offer thought I was a complete lunatic who enjoys running his fantasy team like the Oakland Raiders, so I went ahead and countered with Terrelle Pryor for DeMarco Murray. That got my message across. Like any internet tough guy, I clicked my mouse button extra hard then closed my web browser with authority.
Then, a few days later, I began to notice an influx of trade activity in my league on the eve of our annual dynasty rookie draft. 2014 draft picks, 2015 draft picks, veterans, and even first born children were on the table and deals were being announced in droves. As I scanned through the log of recently completed trades, I noticed a solid three or four deals that left me in shock. We have all had this feeling. It’s the moment where you shout “double-u, tee, eff” and NOT in acronym form. How could someone agree to this trade? Why is that trade so impossibly lopsided? Why on God’s green Earth was a defense involved in a trade?
And that is when I formed my new philosophy on fantasy football trades: There are no bad offers. None.
We all hold our personal den of fantasy knowledge in the highest regard. If you’re reading TheFakeFootball.com, that is most definitely the case. Bad trade offers tend to rub us the wrong way, as if our intelligence is being openly challenged by a competitor. The problem is that this is almost always not the case. With so many factors, especially in dynasty leagues, impacting the value of players, you never know how a single player or draft pick is viewed in the eyes of a fellow owner. Player age, NFL team affiliation, experience, combine measurements, 40 times, injury history, and countless more factors are present in fantasy leagues and each one has the potential to shape a person’s view of a particular player or pick. Remember the most horrific trade you have ever seen accepted in a fantasy football league? It probably started off with an innocent offer. 11 out of 12 owners may have been offended, but the right owner was presented with the deal, and it looked appealing enough to accept.
The basic thought here is that nobody should be offended by a trade proposal. I can freely admit that fact after my recent temper tantrum. Trade talks generally go more smoothly if a casual comment is included in a trade refusal, but if the trade is terribly bad to the point of annoyance, just hit the “trade decline” button and move on. Think of the owner on the other end. He or she is probably bored, staring at a smart phone in a doctor’s waiting room or standing in line for One Direction tickets (maybe?) and wanted to throw a couple wild offers out to the league.
Your time is not too precious to reply to trade offers or just simply hit “reject.” Trade offers are not invitations to duel for the throne of supreme fantasy dominance. Take a deep breath and decline the trade. Who knows, a simple “no thanks” message in return could lead down the path to a completed trade in the future. Just keep the interaction positive and say no to jerkiness.