My league has no trading deadline... that is to say, it was never set, so the default is after the season ends.
This week, 2 teams were officially eliminated. The best players on those teams are Tom Brady, DDavis, and Droughns. Not a huge deal.
2 more teams are on the verge... one loss, or 3 teams getting to 8 wins will knock them out.
One of those teams has Holt, Moss, Caddy, and Larry Johnson. The other has Palmer, Gates, and T Jones. The 2 teams play each other in week 13, so one HAS to be eliminated.
Is it unethical to trade with teams that are eliminated, if my league just neglected to take care of setting a trade deadline? I don't want any unfair advantage... and in fact, I clinched today... but you have to believe that someone's going to try and snag Palmer, Gates, Holt, LJ, etc. Should I be trying to get some of those guys? Should I be lobbying the league to shut trading down, for eliminated teams?
I'm in good shape for the playoffs, but the team that has LT also has Peyton and Chad Johnson. If trades are allowed, he could theoretically field Peyton, Palmer, LT, LJ, CJ, Holt, Moss, Gates, etc as early as week 13. I don't see this as something one should sit back and ride out... I'd think I should either take advantage of the rules, which is lame IMO, or try to get something done. What's your take?
Well, the problem is that the rules are already in place for this year. So, there's a pretty good chance that someone (if not you) will take advantage of it.
If you ask the league what they should do and they agree to whatever, then that'd be what to do. If you go that route, trading should be suspended until a course of action is decided...that way no one tries to pull a fast one while you are deliberating what to do.
But, if you don't go that route, I might think of trying to make some trades. But, make sure they are fair trades and not ones that just give away your worst players for a top guy. If that happens, it looks way too collusionary and would upset competitive balance.
If the league is around next year, I would look to setting up some deadlines for trades and/or lockouts of eliminated teams so that this can't happen.
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I was in a similar situation last year. I made an even trade with someone that was eliminated to a team that had totally different needs than me, so it heartily improved both of our teams. The league threw a fit and the trade was overturned....I thought that was stupid, but I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happened here.
The commish has decided to enforce a trade deadline starting this Friday, and he said he's also going to handle veto power, since there's a good chance that this week we won't have 6 people around to veto any trade, with the holiday and everything. It's a relief, frankly.
There was one trade a few weeks ago that I think really unbalanced things, and I'm going to be very disappointed if the guy who came out on top wins the league. It wasn't collusion, but it was a stupid trade... I was worried that all of my effort this year would be a waste if that team did anything else to get ahead.
I think you have to trade at will. Now that there is a deadline in place you have move quickly. Once I purpose a trade I think is fair I state my case to the owner via email. Right now I'm trying to pry marvin from his cellar dewelling ass. He says he still making a run. So I offered up Rudi and Key J.
Good luck, the best FF are the ones that know the rules and how to use them to their advantage.
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