In retrospect the trade earlier this year of RB Michael Turner ($55, '11) & QB Tom Brady plus a '11 topper for RB Ryan Matthews ($55, '12) and QB Mark Sanchez ($55, '11) may go down as one of the most lopsided deals in paffl history.
I still like the potential of Sanchez & Matthews but looking at the results since the deal was consummated there is a huge disparity, and most damning of all, Sanchez' luster as a franchise quarterback appears to be waning about as fast as the enthusiasm the US population has for Barack Obama.
Results Since Trade Deadline (just prior to NFL Week 11)
- QB Tom Brady - 93 points the past 4 weeks (#1 scoring QB since week 11, the week following our trade deadline)
- RB Michael Turner - 82 total points (#2 RB scorer since the trade deadline).
- QB Mark Sanchez - 19 total points the past 3 weeks (44 since trade) and has started to show that he may not be a franchise qb.
- RB Ryan Matthews - 12 total points over the past five weeks.
As a result of this trade, Firkin has had a weekly additional points scored average of: 30 points (rounded up, its 43.75 vs. 14).
In fairness, its only been 4 weeks and Matthews missed three of those weeks. But upon deeper inspection, the long-term contractual advantage that appeared on the service doesn't seem to hold up. Sanchez has one more year (@$55) & Matthews has two more (@$55) but Firkin received a topper (so they will control Brady for '11) and Turner is locked up for one more year.
Summary: So Firkin has put themselves in a strong position (in my opinion they & Naughty have the strongest starting squads heading into the conference championships) to win the Jankster Cup this year and are better positioned in '11 due to this trade. That to me is the essence of a win-win deal.
Looking at this from Irie's perspective, they were out of the playoffs so it made sense to deal Tom Brady, and nobody could have predicted Mark Sanchez rapid decline. But in the future anybody dealing a top 5 QB & RB in the same deal should get a bare minimum an already established stud and a prospect rather than two prospects.