I am in a keeper league and about to begin the 5th season. Would you trade Jason Witten (who has a 4year contract) in a PPR league for Jimmy Graham (who has no contract). I am hesitant because Witten is typically a top-5 Tight end and that is one less position to draft for the next 3 seasons. However, I have Drew Brees this year and may consider tagging Graham if I make the trade. I run a Yahoo league, with our scoring system Graham is projected 15 pts higher for the entire season. What are your thoughts? Dustin.
Thanks for writing in. This is a tough scenario but you really cannot go wrong. Without knowing your league’s keeper limitations ( I am assuming contracts transfer between owners) I would say make the deal. Jimmy Graham is a rare talent with seemingly limitless upside while Witten is a rock solid, consistent veteran possibly nearing the down slope of his career. I do not believe Witten will suffer any sort of down turn in 2012. I am sure he will be amongst the top tight ends in any scoring format for at least two more years, but if you have the opportunity to get a young superstar like Jimmy Graham you must make that deal happen. If the other owner has put the trade offer on the board, stop what you are doing and go accept that deal! If you are contemplating making that offer I would expect a counter. I realize both players are amongst the top tight ends in the league but if I owned Jimmy Graham, I would need proper compensation and a Jason Witten alone simply wont get it done. The fact that Graham is so talented and so young gives him added value in your type of league. I would certainly try my best to land Graham, but If the other owner is asking to much simply walk away and enjoy another top five season from your trusty tight end. Lets face it; you don’t really need to upgrade your tight end, you are enamored by Jimmy Graham’s upside!
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David - The Trade Expert