Like/Dislike: Are you serious with that trade offer?


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The Herschel Walker trade happened 25 years ago this week. Which is pretty amazing to think about how that worked out. I have to believe it's one of the reasons why most NFL teams don't make trades anymore. Also because unlike sports like baseball, the worst team in the NFL could end up being a Super Bowl contender the following year.

Well, not you Oakland. I'm not sure it's ever going to happen for you. The Raiders need to find some sort of Billy Beane-type character who can help revive that team. Or wait, was that what "Draft Day" was all about?

But I wish we had more trades in the NFL. Trades are fun. However, I feel like NFL teams look at the Herschel Walker trade as a cautionary tale. Or maybe you could check the less-celebrated Eric Dickerson deal back in 1987 as blockbuster deals gone wrong.

Not that I blame them. There's nothing worse than a trade going horribly wrong against you. Like if you've been sitting on some budding prospect who ends up flourishing for another team. Which I feel like the producers of the "O.C." have to feel like now, knowing they had a young Olivia Wilde on their roster, but instead it was Kelly Rowan and Rachel Bilson who were the stars. Or something like that.

So you don't get a lot of trades anymore. Because of stuff like that. Which is too bad. Because wouldn't it be fun to see some big-name players get dealt at the trade-deadline like Walker did.

Likewise, fantasy enthusiasts operate the same way. Nobody wants to be made to look like a fool in a trade. So most of the time when you get a trade offer in your inbox, it typically borderlines on the insane.

For instance, in one league I received a trade offer from a kid named Young Money. He offered me Chris Johnson, Steve Smith Sr. and Mike Evans for Matt Forte. True story.

The Kidney Stones in my keeper league offered me Matthew Stafford, Bishop Sankey and Larry Fitzgerald for my Andrew Luck and Antonio Brown. True story.

I (expletive) hate fantasy football trades. Or at least the trade offers.

So maybe this is why NFL teams don't make trades, either. Like can you imagine the Cardinals organization calling up the Colts and being all, hey, will give you Jaron Brown and Carson Palmer for Andrew Luck?

Oh shoot, maybe they would seeing that the Colts gave up a first-rounder for Trent Richardson last year.

However, if you've itched to make a trade this year, one potential trade target I would look for would be LeSean McCoy. People are absolutely tripping on this dude. Everybody is in full-blown panic mode and there might be a chance to get him. If you package a credible receiver and a startable running back to the McCoy holder, you might be in business. Just don't be insulting.

Some other potential guys you should probably look for right now would be Brandon Marshall, Jordan Cameron, Drew Brees (it's the bye week and folks are bummed) and maybe Sammy Watkins. Though dudes are super pumped on Watkins.

Let's proceed in what our homepage editor Patrick Crawley called the best use of a soap box in world history. If you ever saw Patrick's name in this space and wondered who he acts like in the real world, he's a lot like the dude from "Undatable". No, not the cool guy; the other guy. Not in a bad way.

A big hand to stats maven Careen Falcone for dropping the knowledge.

And without further ado ...

You will not be playing Tony Romo this week against the Seattle Seahawks. Did you have to ask?

ImageSo is Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw the Peyton or Tony Romo of the MLB? Wow. He got roughed up in back-to-back starts against the Cardinals. Actually, Game 4 was a quality start. But he is certainly unstoppable during the regular season like Peyton. But has the Romo-like, excellence through three quarters of the game and then implodes in the playoffs.

Congratulations to Tom Brady. Neither the Patriots dynasty nor its star quarterback is dead! But all Brady really did was give you another month of anxiety of should I start him or not?

I dislike leagues that award just four points for a touchdown pass, which is the standard (for now). It makes running quarterbacks way too valuable. And it kills you when you draft a guy like Cam Newton and he hands off to Chris Ogbonnaya on the 1-yard line.

I don't know who I have to convince here, but touchdown passes should be worth six points in standard leagues. This is my second-most pressing mission I have in fantasy football.

If you drafted Foles, he'd be somebody I would be trying to move this week. Nobody would want to take him straight-up, but I would include him in any trades you make.

Colin Kaepernick is a tough one because he played a bit better last week, as he minimized mistakes. But again, he didn't have the big stat line we've wanted from him.

The one thing that could compel me to start Kaepernick is that they will play in a near literal home game in St. Louis because you know those fans aren't going to show up.

ImageThe St. Louis FC really missed an opportunity when it didn't rename the franchise and choose a red color scheme to mimic the baseball Cardinals. Not that it matters now, seeing that it's probably the worst kept secret this team is returning to Los Angeles.

Zac Stacy should return as the No. 1 runner in St. Louis, but I would keep him on the bench, if you can.

Jerick McKinnon would be a true #DangerZone play this week. The matchup looks so doggone good, but there is going to be a lot of risk to it. Check with me on Saturday. But don't drop him by any means. He's got long-term upside.

Darren Sproles certainly hasn't earned our trust like McCoy has so you can bench him.

I wouldn't start Terrance West or Isaiah Crowell, but both hold value going forward because of Tate's health concerns. At least the Browns did go with one true featured back instead of a terrible rotation. A small consolation of course.

I landed Ronnie Hillman in one league, and instantly hated it. We've been through this previously when Hillman was listed as the starter and he was passed by Knowshon Moreno. Why do I get the feeling I'm watching a (expletive) sequel to the same movie?

Speaking of Moreno, he could return to the Dolphins this week. He's no lock to regain his role as the team's top runner. My guess is that he's going to need at least another week off. I actually hope the Dolphins coaching staff will continue to feed Miller to see if he's capable of being the man in Miami. Perhaps all he needed was a push. And a legitimate push, too. Not Daniel Thomas or some of the other curtain-jerkers they tried to pass off to us in Miami. Maybe this is the one thing Miller needed to be elevated to a star. It's now or never for him.

You might want to check to see if Moreno was dropped and at least get him on your roster.

Stevan Ridley currently ranks in the top 10 among NFL running backs in rushing yards. Yeah, I had the exact same reaction. The Bills are strong against the run, so I don't like this. Shane Vereen would have more upside as a receiver out of the backfield this week.

The outside, sneaky pickup of the week for the Lions would be George Winn if either of the top two running backs are unable to go this week.

C.J. Spiller will probably be this generation's Darren McFadden. Which is weird to say because McFadden still exists. But he's going to be that former first-rounder (I saw him go No. 2 last year) who gets lost in fantasy drafts in the future.

Sadly, we might have come to the point where we can release Toby Gerhart into the wild. I mean can you imagine him having any sort of impact this season?

Bishop Sankey was promised more opportunities, but we didn't see him. I don't trust him or Shonn Greene.

I wish Ken Whisenhunt would throw us a bone here. I've liked him all the way back to his Bird days when he wisely started Kurt Warner at quarterback. I also liked how honest he was when I asked him if he preferred Van Halen with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar. We agreed, it's two different bands and it's acceptable to enjoy both. However Ken, you can't have the best of both worlds with your running back situation. Would you please pick one guy? (Oh yeah, and I think we would both agree Gary Cherone was a miserable fit in VH.)

I'm not getting sucked into Justin Hunter just yet, either. I know I was really big on him during the offseason. But I'm going to need to see a little bit more than one great breakout week (and it was good) before I'm going all-in on this guy.

Andre Johnson battling injuries during a short week doesn't instill me with confidence.

I wonder how the influx of receivers will ultimately impact the Giants offense. Eli should continue to do well. But could we be on the cusp of a team that has a Saints-level of annoyance with receivers who are great but you can't trust on a weekly basis?

Rueben Randle is the one Giants receiver I would avoid this week, which means he scores.

The only member of the Chargers I'm really not too hyper about is Malcom Floyd. He seems to get one big chunk play and that's about it. Although I guess he's due for a touchdown.

I'm not a big fan of the way Pierre Garcon pulled the hair of Richard Sherman. I know players need to do whatever it takes to get open but seriously, dude. Dang, I just realized this is truly hurting my heel status because hair-pulling is another great tactic of the heels. Maybe I would have liked it if he hit Sherman with brass knuckles.

ImageI did get asked about The Rock's surprise return to RAW on Monday. And I'm kind of indifferent. I said earlier I do like The Rock. He's been one of my favorites since I was a kid. I even marked out like no other when he returned to Anaheim years ago. But he did kind of nuke CM Punk's title reign so he could headline WrestleMania and that's always going to kind of bum me out. You could argue The Rock is a bigger star. But CM Punk still gets cheers on RAW, so it's not like he's out of the fan's minds. So I wasn't too swayed one way or the other.

What about Cordarrelle Patterson, eh? This is a tough one. As many of you know, he was my ride-or-die player this year. He's on every one of my fantasy teams. But he's continued to struggle to put it mightily.

There are also those who have said Patterson has had trouble with the playbook. And then there were reports Patterson didn't score too well on the Wonderlic test, and the concerns continue to grow there, too. We might not see Patterson grasp the offense at all this year. That's why we need to watch Jarius Wright, who could become a hot waiver-wire pickup next week.

The other player listed in that article with Patterson is Tavon Austin, who has also struggled to make any real headway in the NFL so far in his career. Just something to think about.

I didn't care for Jim Schwartz being carried off the field. Even as a heel, Schwartz hasn't won anything to deserve such a treatment. If Pete Carroll pulled that move off in Foxboro, that would be a heel moment worth celebrating.

The Packers have been tough against fantasy receivers this year, so it's tough to really trust Mike Wallace this week. I could see it being a shootout but Ryan Tannehill.

I would really like to feed Brian Quick into my lineup, too. But the 49ers have been very tough. I like what I saw from Quick against the Eagles. But it was the Eagles defense.

I see Terrance Williams available in a lot of my leagues (everybody hates the Cowboys). Don't like the matchup this week, but good for the long-term.

Sammy Watkins drew a lot of attention from new quarterback Kyle Orton (who looks like Chibs from "Sons of Anarchy") which is good. But the Patriots have allowed the fewest points to receivers this year. And he's likely ticketed for Revis Island.

What Mike Shanahan did to running backs in our nation's capital, something similar is happening at the tight end position. Jordan Reed's injury history really bums me out.

Why is Jason Witten still wasting space on your roster? He just doesn't look right out there.

ImageI, however, want what Romo is taking that made him say Witten might be the best Cowboy of all-time. I could probably name 20 Cowboys better. Actually, I will. Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Charles Haley, Jay Novacek, Darren Woodson, Roger Staubach, Bob Lily, Chuck Howley, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Don Perkins, Dez Bryant, Deion Sanders, Larry Allen, Drew Pearson, Bob Hayes, Rayfield Wright, Mike Ditka, and Lance Alworth. All right, I need to stop. Erik Williams. Mark Stepnoski. Harvey Martin. Come on Romo. Why do this to yourself?

ImageGoing back to the Dodgers and Angels, it's amazing how Don Mattingly and Mike Scioscia are viewed differently here in the Southland. I don't much care about the Dodgers, so they can keep Mattingly. It's weird, he benched Yasiel Puig and yet kept Kershaw in the game for so long. I mean, didn't you see the meltdown coming in the seventh? But I'd still keep him around.

ImageThe Angels should keep Skip, too. But something must be done with Josh Hamilton who found it hilarious the Angels fans boo'd him. I know it would be a lot of money to eat. But dude, Arte Moreno, you need to do it. Shoot, you can bump up the ticket prices a few bucks to even it out. I'll pay. Don't touch the beer prices, but I'd pay for just about anything else.

ImageMadison Bumgarner has upped his game as he drank five beers after the Giants clinched a berth into the NLCS. Which I don't get. There is too much celebrating after these series. The celebration after the one-game playoff is the most egregious, but celebrations should be limited to winning the division; winning the pennant; and winning the World Series. And that's it.

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