Brock Landers wrote:3. After week 8, teams can only trade with teams that are within two places (either direction) in total points in the standings. Example 7th overall can trade with 5,6,8,9......1st can trade with 3,4. The purpose is to limit player dumps and collusion late in the year when the money is on the line.
These rules are a bit harsh, but our league used to have some untrustworthy fellows. These rules have made things more competitive and no one complains about dumps and collusion. Owners figure out the numbers, the commish varifies it and it goes through immediately. No fuss.
Okay - other than the week 12 deadline the rules in general seem to totally ignore the biggest point of trades - that value is in the eye of the beholder. If I have 4 RBs of good quality but only 1 WR and the league starts 2 of each I would be happy to trade a stud RB for a mediocre WR because the positional need means more than the player's "points value" to me. To force me to make another team include extra players (which may be a deal-breaker) is ridiculous.
The real killer though is the rule I left in the quote above - this is the worst rule of the bunch IMO as all it does is keep the strong stronger and the weak weaker - how can a team hope to move up if you only let them trade with other weak teams?!?
Seems to me like after week 8 your league would have a few teams that were more or less deadweight and the top teams would be a lock...