Inside the 48 and 36

 Inside The 48 and The 36!


Written by: Bill Cervi (No Problem) and Patrick Anderson (Shackleford)

For those of you who are not familiar with DFW’s flagship leagues, DFW 48 and DFW 36 let me take a second and fill you in. DFW 48 is a 48 team Dynasty league that was created in 2012. It has four copies of every player and it is easily one of the most active Dynasty leagues in the country. DFW 36 is a 36 team IDP league with 3 copies of each player, it was created in 2014, and it has some of the most aggressive IDP scoring you will find anywhere!

While many dynasty leagues are lying dormant or their owners are busy collecting, processing, and analyzing the Combine data and Free Agency moves, owners in the 48 and 36 have completed a whopping 100+ trades in just the past 30 days! We will analyze the biggest trades and highlight the more interesting power moves in the upcoming rookie draft, with the hope that you can gain an edge in your own Dynasty League.

This week of action saw some pretty significant trades so without further adieu let’s take a look inside the 48 and the 36!


Trade #1

Side A: Shackleford gave Peyton Manning

Side B: Burgandy gave Stedman Bailey, Derek Carr, 4.12 (4.03)

Why I like side A: Sadly the writing seems to be on the wall, that this will be the final season for one of the greatest QBs that ever played the game. Shack knew that the time was right to move Manning and he jumped at the opportunity to grab a quality young QB prospect (David Carr) and a WR (Stedman Bailey) who really performed well down the stretch when Brian Quick was placed on IR. Shack has Matt Stafford as his starter so Carr will be a nice upside QB #2 and a solid prospect for future dealings. Bailey is a nice long term prospect in his own right. The Rams WR depth chart is a little cloudy right now with (Quick, Britt, Austin and Bailey)so Bailey may need an injury to play sugnificant reps in the short term, but could earn a contract with another team in 2017 when he is a FA. The 4th round pick is early enough that Shack may upgrade the pick in a future draft or find a decent prospect on the board when he is on the clock.

Why I like side B: Burgandy’s squad was seriously considering a rebuild up until this trade, but he changed tack and switched to win now mode. Burgandy’s roster is now loaded with a nice mix of young players and oldies but goodies. He has amassed Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer, Frank Gore, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels all in an attempt to make a run for the Championship. Obviously this is a risky strategy in a dynasty league, but many of these players have excellent opportunities with their teams. Burgandy should field a very competitive line up this season especially when you mix in his young RBs and WRs (Carlos Hyde, Tre Mason, Mike Evans, and DeAndre Hopkins). Manning should be a big upgrade at the QB position for Burgandy in 2015 and the pieces he sacrificed should not be missed in the short term.

Summary: This trade really works for both teams. Burgandy gets the hit man QB he needed to win now and Shackleford landed a good quality QB and WR prospect. The only twist to this trade was the recent story reported by Mike Klis of the Denver Post. It appears that new head coach Gary Kubiak has had preliminary talks with Peyton about limiting his work load at times this season. Most likely this will mean a reduction in practice reps in camp and preseason , but it is surely a situation to monitor in the coming months.


Trade #2

Side A:  Mr. Bigboy Pants gave T.Y. Hilton, Jordy Nelson, 2016 1st from THE FANTASY TYPHOON, 2016 1st from Chalupa Batman

Side B: 49er Faithful gave Antonio Brown, Alshon Jeffery

Why I like side A: Let me start by saying that this is a big time dynasty trade, involving some of the biggest WRs in the game, in a league that covets WRs above all else. MrBP, formerly Jaysports (Can’t use the new team name, it just does not seem right) landed two of the premier WRs in the NFL today. AB is just plain money in a PPR and he does not get the credit he deserves. Brown has caught 254 passes for 3,163 yards and 24 TDs the last 2 years and he will get you 20+ points almost every week. Jefferey is a bit of a gamble in my opinion. I am really curious to see if Jeffrey can produce without Marshall on the field for a whole season and Cutler will need to improve from his last year’s performance for Jefferey to score 10+ TDs.  Jayports will now have 3 top WRs to start every week with Julio, AB and Jefferey.

Why I like side B: 49er Faithful made a play for the future with this trade. Yes he gave up 2 young top WRs, but he also got some really nice pieces in exchange. T.Y. Hilton saw 171 targets last year and finished as the #10 WR in PPR leagues. His targets may decrease with the addition of Andre Johnson and a healthy Dwayne Allen but, his routes are unique and he should be a lock for another 140 targets this season. Jordy Nelson just had offseason hip surgery which has been downplayed by the staff and may not be an issue. At his age however, there is always extra concern when hips are involved and we will need to monitor his progress through OTAs and training camp. The two first round 2016 picks should be mid to late rounders and they should provide the 49er faithful with ammo for future trades or two future quality prospects.

Summary: This trade is a draw in my opinion (as long as the 49er Faithful is able to land productive players with his 2016 first rounders by trade or draft). Both teams improved their rosters without sacrificing core pieces to their teams. In a league with several hundred trades already completed this year, this stands out as a MEGA TRADE!


Trade #3

Side A: Aiming to Win! gave Cam Newton, Isiah Crowell, Terrence West, Ladarius Green

Side B: Satchattack gave Ben Roethlisberger, Joique Bell, Doug Baldwin, and Julius Thomas

Why I like side A: I’m not really sure what the intent was behind moving young upside players like Cam, Crowell, West, and Green for aging players like Big Ben, Joique Bell, and a suspect Doug Baldwin. Julius Thomas has some potential, but the Jags already have WRs Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Andre Holmes, and Justin Blackmon (presumably) so his target potential is no where near what it was in Denver. Aiming to win didn’t hang on to Thomas long however. He traded Thomas and the 2.8 for the 1.12. That trade seems like another error, especially when you consider what he gave up to get JT originally.

Why I like side B: Satchattack made a solid move trading an aging Big Ben (33) for a quality dynasty QB1 in Cam Newton (25). When you factor in Cam’s two missed games last season, Big Ben would have out scored Cam by less than 1 point per week on average. Shipping off Joique Bell and Dougie Baldwin will have no affect on Satchattack’s team or production as both players were just depth or bench players.

Landing West and Crowell is also a big dynasty win for Satch.. They are two young talented RB prospects who could be traded or held for development. The loss of Thomas is less severe given the real drop off in production that will follow his move to Jacksonville and he added a top TE prospect who is already being talked up by the coaches (TE Ladarius Green).

Summary: This trade was a landslide win for Satchattack. He added both promising Browns RBs as well as grew younger at QB taking advantage of Cam’s value while it  is down. It’s difficult to see how Aiming to Win benefits from this trade other than adding yet another coveted Steeler to his roster.