We’ve all made trades we regret. Sometimes you realize right away, and sometimes you don’t realize at all. But most fantasy fanatics have had at least one forgettable trade.

Well, to comfort you after any botched trades and inspire you to try trading again, I present the five worst trades of all-time made by real general mangers in the NFL. Take solace in the fact that you probably won’t screw up as bad as these GMs who are paid to do this:

5. Rams trade Jerome Bettis to the Steelers for TE Ernie Conwell and T Ryan Tucker

4. Buccaneers trade Steve Young to 49ers for LB Winston Moss and WR Bruce Hill

3. Colts trade Marshall Faulk to Rams for LB Mike Peterson and DE Brad Scioli

2. Vikings trade five players and six draft picks for Herschel Walker. Those picks would include Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson. Walker would play three uninspiring years in Minnesota.

1. Colts trade John Elway to Broncos for QB Mark Hermann, T Chris Hinton and G Ron Solt

At least your mistakes impact rosters and teams that don’t really exist.

BUY: Matt Schaub

Appearances can be deceiving, and although the Houston Texans lead the league with 248 rushing attempts, their ground game is not nearly as devastating as it was last year. Houston has completely overhauled the right side of their offensive line, replacing all-pro tackle Eric Winston and right guard Mike Brisiel.

The results have not been very positive, as a rushing attack that averaged 4.5 yards per carry in 2011 is averaging just 4.0 yards per carry this year – good for the 16th-best mark in the league. As Houston’s issues in the run game become more apparent, expect the Texans to start turning to the passing game. Matt Schaub’s passing yardage has increased in each of the last four weeks, and a trend that should continue.

The final selling point on Schaub is that he has an absolutely delightful fantasy playoff schedule. Matchups with Tennessee and New England in weeks 13 and 14, are followed by meetings with Indianapolis in weeks 15 and 17. A home date with Minnesota in Week 16 is the only potentially rough spot, but Houston’s schedule is as good as any QB will have for the second season.

Players I would trade to acquire Matt Schaub: Mike Vick, Tony Romo, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andrew Luck

SELL: Shonn Greene

Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. The opportunity to trade Shonn Greene is likely going to be a very short and small one. Greene produced 45 percent of his fantasy points in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts – a defense that ranks 28th against the run. He followed that up with a deceiving performance against the Patriots. He rushed for just 3.3 yards per carry vs. New England, but a touchdown gave him a very respectable 14 fantasy points. These two games have created a small window for you to trade Greene, before his stock plummets back to earth.

At 27 years of age and in his fourth year in the NFL, it’s fair to assume that we’ve already seen the best Greene has to offer. He has a career rushing average of 4.2 yards per carry, and his mark of 3.5 YPC this season ranks 34th among running backs. The Jets’ offensive line isn’t a very imposing group, and the team’s overall inept passing attack fails to provide any balance for the running game. You should pull the trigger on a Greene trade before this mirage disappears.

Players I would target when trading Shonn Greene: Doug Martin, Mikel LeShoure, DeMarco Murray, BenJarvus Green-Ellis

And if you have any trades that you are currently pondering, feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll give you my two cents worth

Comments (13)

  1. I traded away shonne Greene and Brandon Lloyd for Ryan Mathews and devone bess. Lloyd was my third wr option

    • Wow Ben, you got fantastic return on that trade. Mathews has likely learned his lessons about holding onto the football and I expect a top-10 second half from him. He has all the tools to be an every-down back.

      Lloyd ranks 10th in the league in targets and yet 41st among WR’s in fantasy points. Something (it appears to be the deep ball) is not working between him and Brady and they don’t appear close to figuring it out. It wouldn’t shock me if Bess put up more points than Lloyd down the stretch. Hernandez returning to New England’s offense won’t help Lloyd either

      • Yeah I believe bess has the right tools just not the amazing qb Lloyd has (despite Brady/Lloyd not clicking) one more question. I have on the wire James jones plus Andre brown in return for me giving up Darren sproles. At this point sproles is my 3rb/flex option. I just don’t think well see that andre brown we saw in week 3 (correct me im wrong). And jones is now looking like a 3rd option in green bay with Cobb becoming a playmaker.

        • Well Ahmad Bradshaw was out week 3 but it seems as though Bradshaw will continue to play through his foot pain, which means Brown will be fighting for backup carries with David Wilson who was a higher pick in April’s draft.

          Jones will not only have to battle Cobb for targets, but if/when Greg Jennings returns, I think Jones becomes the 4th receiver since Cobb plays so well in the slot.

          Sproles has underwhelmed thus far, but he remains one of Drew Brees’ favourite targets, especially around the end zone. He leads all running backs in targets and he usually has a high floor and a high ceiling every week. I’d say you hold tight with Sproles

  2. I just made some major changes to my team. I’m 9/12 in PPR league.

    Trade 1: I traded Mike Wallace + Reggie Bush for Ray Rice

    Trade 2: I traded Arian Foster for Ryan Mathews + Reggie Wayne

    • I never like giving up two players for one. Since the other guy has to drop someone, you might as well take that player back in case they are better than options on the wire. With that being said, I think you come out on top after both these deals. I like the second one a lot more than the first.

      Rice is the best PPR running to own in the second half. He hasn’t had any monster games this season and yet he only trails Foster by 7 points in PPR leagues. That’s because he has 29 receptions to Foster’s 12. Reggie Bush is struggling in pass protection and that could affect his production going forward. However he is a very solid RB2. Mike Wallace is a very solid WR2 and so I think this trade on its own will make your team slightly worse just because you’re giving up two very good pieces for one great piece.

      It’s hard to believe, but now is the time to sell high on Foster if you so choose. Houston gave him less than 20 carries in the last two weeks after giving him 20+ in every week prior. They are realizing that the rushing attack isn’t as potent. The return of Ben Tate will also cut into Foster’s numbers. I think Mathews has a chance to put up more 2nd half points than Foster.

      Reggie Wayne might rank 10th among WR’s in fantasy points but he is tied for the league lead in targets, which ensures that he’ll stay 10th or higher.

      If you add both trades together i’d say : Foster = Rice, Mathews>Bush and Wayne>Wallace.

  3. Considering making a trade to acquire Andre Johnson for Mikel Leshoure and Malcolm Floyd.

    • I like Andre as a buy-low, but I think you’re giving up too much here. Malcom Floyd only has 9 fewer fantasy points and the chargers have already had their bye. Texans bye this week should even things up. Floyd is definitely Rivers’ number one target and will continue to see a lot of balls.

      Leshoure is too much to give up in order to upgrade that receiver spot. I know he has struggled fantasy-wise these last few weeks, but his YPC are excellent and he will continue to get all the work on 1st down, 2nd down and in goal-line situations. I see them bumping up his touches too in order to try and find a new recipe for a struggling offense

  4. Made a trade for Nicks + Cook for DeSean + D. Moore — thoughts?
    My other receivers are Julio, Lloyd, Britt, and Kendall. For tight end my other option is Olsen, not super consistent but I still believe.

    • I like Cook and he seems to be getting better every week. Big play guy that can post huge numbers on any given week. He leads all tight ends with 5 plays of 20+ yards. Nicks has way higher upside than Jackson at this point. Philly is more likely to try running the ball more than giving him more targets down the field.They need to cut down on the turnovers and the deep passing plays are causing them in many ways. I think you definitely got the better of this trade as long as nicks gets/stays healthy

  5. Funny that you say keep Matt Schaub because he was my starting QB and I’ve had a rough start to my fantasy league going 2-5. So i thought I needed to make a change. I traded vernon davis, houston’s defence and my 1st round pick (this is a 12 team in yahoo with 3 keepers) for Peyton Manning, Jermichael Finley, Denver’s defence and his 5th round pick. I think i got the better of the trade because I still had seattle’s defence. You don’t know what you’re gonna get out of either tight end and Manning’s schedule for the rest of the year is mind blowingly easy. This trade also allowed me to drop Alex Smith and keep Schaub as my backup

    • I like the acquisition of Manning. He appears to be getting stronger every week and has some very dangerous weapons around him. Denver also has a fantastic fantasy playoff schedule as you say. Finley struggles to hold on to the ball but may be more consistent than Davis. I think Vernon will finish with more points tho.

      Schaub had a rough start because Houston was running the ball 30+ times a game early in the season. They don’t have the same personnel on the offensive line and a unit that ranked top-5 in the league last year (4.5 YPC) dropped to 17th this year (4.0 YPC). So I think its natural that they will move away from that and try to get some other guys more involved. Schaub’s passing attempts have gone 28, 28, 33, 37 in the last 4 weeks and I see that continuing.

  6. Trade E. Decker & R. Jennings for M. Wallace & j. Gordon. Thoughts?

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