The trade deadline in the OIL was October 31. It's been an active season, with multiple trades completed before the first ball was even snapped, and it stayed that way all the way to the trade deadline.
First, SoonerJack (sitting at 3-5 and in bye week hell), sent Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (who is on a bye this week) to Arrogant Americans for Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson and Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz, neither of whom are on a bye this week. The trade made sense for both teams. SoonerJack is still in the playoff hunt and cannot afford a sixth loss. Kudos to Bruesch for doing all he can to fight for that playoff spot. For Cliburn's Arrogant Americans the trade upgrades his TE position while giving up only a couple backup players.
Then, two likely playoff teams completed a trade designed to bolster their playoff rosters. Pyle's Lucky Enuf sent Oakland WR James Jones (who has been a serviceable WR3/Flex play in PPR formats) to Trovillo's Dirty Hippies for St. Louis WR Tavon Austin, Baltimore RB Bernard Pierce and San Francisco RB Carlos Hyde. For Pyle, the trade gives him the valuable handcuff to Frank Gore in Carlos Hyde, as well as a boom-or-bust WR in Tavon Austin. The Hippies, meanwhile, gave up a few backup players for a WR who can fill a valuable Flex spot while Giovani Bernard is injured.
Our Ask the Arbitrator feature provides quick, unbiased trade review when controversy divides your league. Today's trade dispute comes from Joshua Johnson's .5 PPR keeper league (max of three players kept):
This trade should be upheld. Normally, the standard of review is simple: could a reasonable fantasy football manager make a case for this trade helping their team this season? But this is a keeper league. In a keeper or dynasty league, the standard of review is even lower because the rationale and ramifications extend beyond this season. So, let's take a look at what is really happening here.
Team 1 gives up two young SEC RBs in Zac Stacy and Isaiah Crowell (initially played for Georgia before transferring to FCS) to Team 2 for up-and-coming TE Travis Kelce and young QB Nick Foles.
Zac Stacy is the starting RB in St. Louis and has looked good in his first two seasons. Crowell is a rookie in a crowded backfield, but many believe he is the most talented back in Cleveland.
Travis Kelce is quickly becoming a TE1 in PPR scoring while Nick Foles is a top-10 QB in either format. As starters go, Foles and Kelce are probably better players than Stacy and Crowell right now. But it's entirely possible that Kelce is a backup RB for Team 2 while Foles could be his team's QB1 or QB2.
Team 1 is most likely starting Stacy and stashing Crowell. So, in effect, this is a situation where Team 1 cashes in on his RB depth (one starter and one stash) for an upgrade at QB and TE.
For Team 2, they sacrifice depth for a RB who is a stud right now and a RB who is predicted to be a stud soon. And this is a keeper league.
Whether Team 2 truly has enough depth to pay this price is in the eye of the beholder. Whether Foles and Kelce are worth losing a stud RB in Stacy and a potential stud in Crowell is up to Team 1 to decide.
This trade would be borderline if it were a redraft league, in which case it would essentially be Stacy and a lottery ticket at RB for Foles and Kelce. But this is a keeper league, so the lower standard of review saves the trade.
Ruling: The trade should be upheld.
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2014 Draft is in the Books
The 2014 draft party was a success. About a dozen managers were in attendance at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Bricktown, Oklahoma City. Philadelphia Eagles RB Lesean McCoy went first overall, and Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was the final pick of the first round. You can see the full draft results here and here (although the OIL2 is considering a redraft due to failures on Yahoo's part). Thanks go out to everyone who showed up and MyFantasyCommish.com, who organized the draft party. Here is a slideshow of the photos taken at the draft party.