Here was my timeline of events last Sunday morning, pre-1:00pm ET kick off:
9:00am – Checked Twitter for last-minute injury updates, and went to League 1 to replace Pierre Garcon in my line up. Noticed I had a trade offer on the table from The Canadian Juggernaut (who this year happens to be only Canadian, not so much juggernaut): his Kevin Smith for my Jacquizz Rodgers.
9:00 – 9:30am – Thought about the trade. As is, it was a no for me. Kevin Smith had a great Week One, but is injury prone and looking at Mikel LeShoure taking carries from him when he comes back from suspension in Week Three. Rodgers, on the other hand, is one of my favorite upside players this year. Still, out of respect for other team managers, I rarely like to flat-out reject a trade without seeing if there’s a counter offer I would be interested in. I was nervous about my tight end situation (I drafted Brent Celek and picked up Dennis Pitta of waivers), so I offered a counter-trade: my Jamaal Charles and Jacquizz Rodgers for his Kevin Smith and Gronk.
11:00am – Having heard nothing back yet, I headed off to SoulCycle for a little exercise before settling in to 10 hours of watching football.
12:40pm – I emerged from my spin class to see I had, not only a trade response, but a voicemail and three text messages from the Canadian. He had countered my counter by adding his Denarius Moore for my Antonio Brown. I texted back that Brown was not on the table, and he replied, “Fine. Resubmit your last offer, and I’ll accept it.”
12:45pm – With only 15 minutes until kickoff, I suggested we wait til after the games were played, as I don’t like having offers on the table while there’s risk of injuries or other factors changing the value of the trade. Since the Canadian is our commissioner, he added that he could make sure it went through for our line ups that week, as long as we got it accepted within the next 10 minutes. I was still walking home.
12:50pm – The urgency of this decision gave me second thoughts about my earlier offer. Kevin Smith had a tough matchup against the 49ers, so I didn’t think he’d do much good in my lineup. I liked Gronk more than Celek, but, ultimately, I was pretty certain I could win that week without him. So, leaning towards saying no, I shot a message to my friend and favorite fantasy guru, Matthew Berry, who, thankfully, replied immediately, “would rather have Charles/Rodgers.” (It’s a luxury to have experts on speed-dial in moments like this.)
12:55pm – Told the Canadian “thanks but no thanks”, but that I’d consider making the offer again before Week Three.