Social (Fantasy) Network: Trade deficits

Fantasy owners can not live on the waiver wire alone. As our own Michael Fabiano often says, “if you’re not trading, you’re not trying.” That means at some point, you’ll poke around on someone else’s roster trying to see what goodies you can extract for your own benefit. Of course, value is often in the eye of the beholder. But when it comes to evaluating a trade offer before hitting the “Send” button, I have three basic rules to remember.

  1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
  2. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
  3. Never make an offer you wouldn’t accept yourself.

Admittedly, only one has anything to do with fantasy football. Consider the others to be a bit of free advice. Unfortunately,  not everyone in your league has the same sense of fantasy decorum and sketchy trade offers have long been what fantasy league argument grenades are made of. Although sometimes they’re so bad, it’s just comical. This week in the Social (Fantasy) Network, we point and laugh at those who’ve tried to insult our fantasy intelligence.

First, we have to acknowledge that bad trade offers come in many varieties. There’s the “Shot in the Dark”.

Sure, it seems silly. But you have to admire his persistence. Every once in awhile you see tweets like this one from @furibe90, which reminds you how the shot in the dark happens in the first place.

At this point I feel morally obligated to alert the authorities that you have admitted to robbery. Then again, your “victim” may have been too gassed up on the headlines of Jackie Battle possibly taking over the starting gig. Which brings me to the next type of bad trade — the “Inflated Value” deal.

Sure, we thought Julio Jones would be great this year. But until he can throw touchdowns to himself and kick the extra point afterward, let’s calm down. Hey, at least they’re paying attention to NFL news. Some people are counting of the ignorance of their trade partners … that leads to the “Are You Paying Attention?” offer.

Maybe they thought you didn’t have the Internet. Uh … yeah, that must be it.

Then there are “DeLorean Deals”, aka trade offers that looked respectable five years ago.

Finally, we have those trade offers that are just so historically bad they’re remembered for years.

For those of you who don’t get the joke, just spend some time on the always fantastic Pro-Football-Reference.com. This brings us to our last word, which this week goes to someone who’s probably tried all of these tactics and more.

Troll on, Joey. Troll on.

Received any awful offers? Let us know in the comments section. For everyone else, here’s to hoping all of your trade offers are accepted and work out in your favor. Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s #SocialFF question. Happy Week 6 everybody!

– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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