Serett wrote:...part of that trade involved me shipping Payton Manning and Knowshon Moreno...I still won that league somehow.
And against the team to which I made that trade, no less. Really, I got two teams to the final match
The trade (in a 12-man league) was on 9/12 and involved me sending Manning, Moreno, and Torrey Smith for Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and DeMarco Murray. Someone else in the league called me a trade rapist immediately after it lol. I know it looks insane in retrospect, but I stand by it being logical at the time. Manning to Ryan was a clear downgrade, but Ryan was a top-5 or 6 fantasy QB the previous season (2012) and seemed prime to just get better with the addition of Steven Jackson. Moreno ****ing exploded last season, but with that questionable backfield and drafting Ball, there was no good reason to expect it. I tried to sell him high after a good first game expecting his role in the backfield to erode as the season went by. Murray, on the other hand, had a lot of upside if he could stay healthy (and indeed ended up as the eigth-ranked back in the league). Finally, one could reasonably have expected a top-3 WR performance from Julio, a clear upgrade over Torrey Smith, and his injury is probably the only reason that didn't occur.
My line-up at season's end still contained (bench included):
QB: Philllip Rivers, Matt Ryan
RB: LeSean McCoy, Andre Brown, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson (courtesy of a later trade and how Murray isn't still here)
WR: Eric Decker, Keenan Allen, Pierre Garcon, Victor Cruz, Harry Douglas, Julian Edelman
TE: Greg Olsen