Just looking for some opinions here.
Trading is part of fantasy football and I think its great! In keeper leagues I think there will always be a time when teams become "buyers and sellers." I can at least respect that as long as everyone understands the rules than its an "eat or get eaten" world and really no one should be upset with any type of trade that occurs. However I am wondering if perhaps their are types of trades that while they may technically be legal, they are just unhealthy for the league. Over the last few years guys in our pool have gotten extremely creative in their trading. The result is usually that at this point in the season it becomes a 3-4 horse race with 10 other teams groaning and saying "Why bother?". I know its a fine line. Those teams that work the trades should be rewarded, however at the end of the day we all do it for fun.
A lot of the trades I would be referring to involve something along the lines of if you do something for me this season, I will return the favour in the off season. Future considerations is a term we use a lot. For example I'll trade you T.Owens and B.Westbrook for your 5th round pick next year. The two teams in questions have an agreement that in the off season Owens and Westbrook will be traded back to their original team for a 7th round pick. The team that originally had the two players decided he could not win this year so upgraded a 7th round pick to a 5th round pick essentially for a "rent a player" situation. The team that got two players gave up a 5th round pick and got a 7th back to take a run at the title. (i.e. he gave up very little) While its debatable, you can argue that both teams had to give something up, to get something in return. However I think its easy to see the flip side of that coin. This is just one example of dozens of types of trades that are occurying in our league.
Sorry for the long post, the short of it is I am wondeirng if others have experience where they have had to implement trade rules for the integrity of the league. In our league while you do win money, its more about bragging rights and having fun than it is a monetary gain so should their be rules to ensure its fun. Or is this just the nature of the sport. Trading IS fun. If guys are taking it personally, they are in the wrong game.
I'd love any feedback,advice,stories of other league and what they do.