I'm getting slightly frustrated with a trade offer that has some escalating demands, so I could use some advice here.
I'm in a standard scoring yardage league with a twist. We keep 5 veteran players, and every year we do a 5 rd rookie draft. You keep 2 of your rookies for the following season, so long as you do not start them the season you draft them (then they are considered veterans). So it's a total of Seven players. My keepers entering into this season before the draft in 2 weeks are:
I'm talking to another owner who has Cam Newton as a rookie pick from last year, and Stafford. He also has Megatron, and he's already admitted that he wants to keep Newton and separate Megatron from Stafford so both players don't tank if Stafford is having a bad week or injured again.
I want Stafford because I'm sick of picking up subpar QB talent in the draft because out of the 10 teams, the following QBs have been kept: Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Manning, Romo, and Schaub. Granted I could take Rivers (previously kept), Ryan, or Big Ben (previously kept) at this point.
So originally it was going to be trade immediately following the draft for Gore + a backup player for Stafford. Now he's asking for my 2nd rd pick in 2013 for Stafford + his 2014 4th rd pick. I'm getting irritated here. He has Sproles on his roster for RB and that's it, so he won't get better talent then what I'm offering him. The best available RBs are Bradshaw, Turner, Green-Ellis, and Benson.
Am I nuts?
Does anyone else agree that giving up a 2nd rd pick with Gore is too much?
Am I really fleecing him anyway?
I realize that this is probably the last season that Gore is a valid starter since he's standing on the edge of the cliff for RB career length. Regardless, if I give up Gore I'm left with MJD, who has too many carries on him lately and may hold out til week 10 for all we know. Even if he reports soon I'm already scared of an early season injury for MJD because of the holdout. Even though I think Gore is all but done, if I trade him away I'm going to have a difficult year. The reality is it's a 10 year old keeper league. If I do this it's pretty much for a future move at this point. This year I took Doug Martin in the rookie draft, so I'm counting on him to shore up my RBs in the future. If I suck this year, I can live with it.
As for Stafford, speaking as a Lions fan I can definitely say that their offense will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Megatron is locked up long term, Titus Young could make a major breakout this year, Pettigrew and Scheffler are a capable 1-2 punch, Broyles could be the possession receiver they are missing to round off the WR corps. I don't expect 5,000 yds - 41 TDs year in and year out, but if Stafford stays healthy he'll be great for years to come.