personally, i am a firm believer in the Andy Behrens philosophy of trading: Andy Behrens wrote:Don't talk to me about competitive balance, either. None of us are trying to achieve that. In fact, the purpose of everything you do as a manager is to achieve competitive imbalance. You're trying to win. Everyone should be trying to win. As long as all parties in a trade believe they've improved their chances, there's not much left to consider. (http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/nfl/news?slug=ab-rotoarcade_092207
For me, it's not a question of whether or not the trade was fair, but whether or not it was collusion. Of course I am not going to be proposing trades based on fairness; I am going to be trading to get more value than I am giving. The problem I have with the outrage is, no one complained when Ladell Betts (15 points) was traded for Chris Chambers (49 points) last week. I figure, I didn't threaten him and I didn't offer him money, and he is FAR from out of the playoff race (plus, despite how you may feel about him, Edge is the seventh best back points-wise in our league and the best on my roster), so how is that cheating in any way if he is willing to deal Peyton lower than some would value him?
That said, I'm probably just trying to justify myself, of course. One owner did just laugh and say, "Good, that means that you will have TWO quarterbacks who won't be playing during our playoffs!" Any more thoughts on owner-management would be appreciated though.