This makes 2 days in a row now where ESPN's Scott Engel has given the same line of advice: If someone offers you a trade that is clearly in your favor, you should turn it down OR offer the other team more in order to make the deal fair. By doing this, he suggests that you will keep the trust of your leaguemates. I'm not a big fan of this guy, but advice like this makes me want to stop reading ESPN altogether. Anyone agree with his assessment?
Here's one example:
John NY: I've been offered Randy Moss and Burleson for Hines and E. Johnson. I also have Heap at TE. Should I pull the trigger?
Scott Engel: (10:45 AM ET ) You need to give up a bit more to get Randy Moss.
Engel defends his position:
Eric (Arlington): Not quite sure I understand your logic when you say a team needs to give up more in a trade. If I was offered Moss and Burleson for Ward and Johnson, I'd do it in a second. I wouldn't counteroffer so that I could give up more. Isn't that like going to a car dealership, getting offered a sweet deal, and replying that you don't want the deal b/c you think you should pay more?
Scott Engel: (10:56 AM ET ) Trading is not the same as getting a discount - that's more comparable to drafting - when you make a trade, the object is not to fleece the other guy - in the end, it will only mean you incur objections form leaguemates and hurt your rep as a trader. And you'll lose that other owner as a possible trade partner.
Here's another one:
Ed Frank, Lodi, N.J.: I have been offered a trade -- Marvin Harrison for Emmitt Smith. My WR's are Chad Johnson, Javon Walker, David Patten and David Terrell. But with this trade I would have to start Priest Holmes and Willis McGahee, who is not a guaranteed starter.
Engel: Smith has indeed being playing much better than expected, but even though his yardage numbers have been a bit disappointing, Harrison commands much more value in a trade than to just offer Smith for him straight up. Plus, some of your league mates might protest such a deal, so think twice here. Offering Chad Johnson, who has also been a bit disappointing, and McGahee, would keep your starting backfield intact while still allowing you to acquire Harrison. An offer that would not include Johnson or Walker would not be a fair one. You'll still have a solid third WR in Patten. And in the end, Harrison should be an upgrade over Johnson.