The Trading Deadline is weird because many GMs are depressed & the thoughts of buying low and selling high are fading fast for half of them. Is it because it is late in the season and it is tougher to pull the wool over opponents' eyes? No, that's not it. It is because we have reached the point in the season where control is taken out of GM / Owner's hands and Luck becomes your guide. In essence this is the Fantasy Trade Deadline time. This is the worst part of the fantasy baseball season, and the part that I'll never understand. Even though every League that I participate in possesses one, why do I continue to adhere to the trade deadline?
Well, I can still pick up free agents. That's great, I let my season, the one that I started preparing for before Spring Training began hinge on a list of players that everyone else in the league has deemed unworthy of a roster spot! That's wonderful but who is going to be my late season Savior? They do exist!.... I have been fortunate enough to have cashed in on them seasons past & have had the unfortunate honor of losing to my competition due to their late season heroics.
Although most of my Leagues employ the traditional MLB Trade Deadline date.... Any trade deadline that takes place before September 1 st is not good for the league in which we play. Why? Good question let me answer that for you. Let's say you have a trade deadline that coincides with the MLB trade deadline, there is still over one-third of the season left to be played and at least half of your league no longer cares to pay attention. Would you? If you are hovering in 7 th place in a 12 team league are you going to check in to see if A-Rod has mysteriously landed on the waiver wire? No, you are now planning your fantasy football draft. There are two full months left, and there is no reason to pay any more attention. Have you ever wondered what it would be like for each team in your league to fully pay attention for the entire season? I know, it will never happen, even with a later trade deadline some teams will be out of it and stop trying, but it's a dream of mine, and dreams are meant to be broken...or is that records?
P.S. - I like the rule that one of the Posters related about not being able to trade up or down 3 spots within your League Standings. That will certainly derail collusion efforts.