#1 By: How, July 25th, 2018 17:25
I just fielded an interesting trade offer in one of my keeper PPR leagues. In this league, we are allowed to keep up to 3 players, each for 1.25x the price it cost to acquire the player in the previous year (it's an auction league). There are 10 teams in the league, and the starting positions are QB, 2xRB, 3xWR, TE, Flex and D/ST. Auction budgets are $200 per team.
I have the right to keep Odell Beckham for $16 and Melvin Gordon for $13 (among others). Someone just offered me $150 for the rights to Beckham and Gordon. On the one hand, at those prices, I basically have both players locked onto my team for a great discount for their entire productive careers. On the other hand, $150 is a ton of extra cash to work with in the auction and would allow me to hog a lot of the top players in the draft, thus improving my odds of winning this season (in theory).
Would you accept this trade offer? I believe in Gordon's opportunity and, to a lesser extent, his talent, and I believe in Beckham's talent and, to a lesser extent, given the sudden influx of mouths to feed in NY, his opportunity.
How would you value quality keepers versus auction dollars, in general?
#2 By: jesseross99, July 26th, 2018 16:10
In my league the auction prices are always super inflationary, so if this was my league I would 100% keep the players. If you are able to review the results of the past few auctions to get a sense of pricing in your league, I think that would be useful.
#3 By: How, July 27th, 2018 07:10
Thanks for the response. In my league, there is certainly some keeper inflation (I'm the commissioner, actually, and have been in the league for 5 years now). True, grade A WRs go for somewhere in the low $70s (largely b/c Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Keenan Allen, Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, and Doug Baldwin will be kept this year). About half of the elite RBs will be kept, too.
#4 By: jesseross99, July 30th, 2018 14:19
I would keep OBJ and Gordon then!
#5 By: How, August 19th, 2018 17:02
I'm getting a lot of offers for OBJ and Gordon... the guy who offered $150 added the rights to keep McCaffrey for $36, Drake for $14, Engram for $8 and Mixon for $25 to his offer. I guess that makes the offer more appealing, but I only really like McCaffrey of those guys. Another person offered $80 plus the right to keep Fournette for $39. I keep saying no, since I think Odell for $16 is such a ridiculously good value, given that he is probably one of the only elite receivers in the league who is just entering his prime (and I can keep him for below market for the rest of his career, basically). My only real concern with Beckham and Gordon is injury, but that's kind of any player.
#6 By: jesseross99, August 21st, 2018 21:19
I like all of McCaffrey, Drake, Engram and Mixon at those prices. That said, I would still keep OBJ and Gordon.