Fantasy football dilemma: should this outrageous (but hilarious) trade be allowed to stand?

While browsing Reddit, I came across the following screenshot with the title “Damn, someone got screwed big time.

Now, upon first glance you might think that Adrian Peterson for Steven Jackson is a pretty fair deal. You might even think the guy getting Peterson is the big winner because AD typically scores more touchdowns.

But look closer. See the “SEA” next to Peterson’s name? That’s right folks: someone finagled Steven Jackson for the other Adrian Peterson. This one. The one who carried the ball zero times last year.

Obviously this is about as lopsided as fantasy trades get. So my question to all you fantasy football commissioners and players out there is this:

Should this obviously lopsided trade be allowed to stand?

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Personally, I say hell yes this trade should stand.

I commented on the Reddit post where I originally found this. Here is what I said:

If someone is dumb enough to accept a trade like this, let it stand. If you have the balls and gamesmanship skills to sluff off the crappy Adrian Peterson for a stud RB, you deserve it. You risk your reputation doing it, and may never be asked back into the league, but them’s the breaks. This is the kind of thing that makes fantasy football fun and is the kind of story friends rib eachother about decades later. LET IT STAND!

Besides, if it was a case of mistaken identity on the part of both parties, and they want to reverse it, they can always swap the players back. But frankly, I like as little commissioner intervention as possible in fantasy leagues. We’re big boys and girls. It’s fantasy sports. The consequences and stakes are looooow. Why protect the idiots at the expense of the savvy, cunning, Machiavellian players who are able to find advantages in the most unexpected of ways? That’s why we play fantasy sports.

Anyway, looking forward to hearing what the masses think. Personally, I tip my cap to the guy getting Steven Jackson. Well done sir. Orson Welles and I applaud you.


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  1. John Mostacci says:

    Hi Jerod:
    It has been a while.
    That's a season killer trade. My first year I saw A.P. on the wire and almost pulled the trigger, however, my first thought was that he must of just got injuried so I did a litle checking.

    One of my teams needs some help at wr. Not much left on the wire (meachem, mason, bess, amendola, ward, james jones GB). Any suggestions, and who is expendable.
    STD/Flex 10 team
    My roster is:
    Bress, Cultler.
    The real deal A P, Turner, Blount, Steward, Tolbert
    Marshall, Colston, Manningham,J. Ford
    Cooley, Gronkowski
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  2. Anyone who did this in my league would be locked out for the reason of the season. IT is PATHETIC to need to cheat in fantasy football. If you really feel that need, then you need to commit suicide because your life is really not worth living.

    • Unless the guy trading Peterson SEA hacked into the other guy's account to accept the trade (obviously unacceptable) then it's not cheating. It's gamesmanship. Cheating is breaking the rules. Trading one eligible player straight up for another eligible player happens all the time. The egg is on the face of the idiot, not the other way around.

    • Lakawak Lickboulls says:

      Dude get a life… it's FANTASY football. Just like the fantasy you have when you jerk off in your moms basement.

  3. My problem with this (i know nothing about fotball) is that in this contract “Meeting of the minds”* has not accrued. For a market to work well this is one of the prereqisits.

    This is similar to Ebay auctions where a seller for example is selling an Xbox box (the actual box not the console) but the intention is to make it look like the auction is for the console. In my mind this is fraudulent behavior.

    *Meeting of the minds (also referred to as mutual agreement, mutual assent or consensus ad idem) is a phrase in contract law used to describe the intentions of the parties forming the contract. In particular it refers to the situation where there is a common understanding in the formation of the contract. This condition or element is often considered a necessary requirement to the formation of a contract.

    • I understand the spirit of your argument, but what people seem to be forgetting here is that nothing was misrepresented. Everything is right there on the screen. It says Adrian Peterson SEA. One eligible player is being traded for another. Can we not expect even a basic level of attention by two people ready to engage in a trade? That's all it would have taken for the guy to deny the trade if he didn't want to make it. These two people formed a contract with all relevant information out there for both to see. The problem here is that one person didn't pay attention (ostensibly). Guess what? That's HIS problem, not the other way around.

  4. I say let the trade go

  5. I don't like the trade cause it can have a negative impact on the rest of the members of the league. If the guy getting Jackson is near the top, then this propels him to have the best team, then its not fair cause it screws over the other teams in the league.

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