People's trade proposals seem weak this year. Too many, "Hey let me help you fill this hole in your lineup....all it will take is one of your Top 10 guys and some horrible guy that isn't wrestling". If you want to win this league....it's about the equity in your stable of horses. You need NCAA point scorers to win this league. Period. The trophy goes to the guy who scores the most points at the NCAA tournament. Period. Any strategy employed away from this has you playing for 2nd.
That being said, to get a chance to play, you must make the tournament. You must tally regular season points....or go for broke at conferences. Truth be told, if you are out of the top 7 by the supplemental, you are playing for the latter semifinal strategy. Dart Shark used to employ the "heavy schedule" strategy and that always put him easily into the NCAA tournament.....where he promptly dropped a duece and placed last. In the end, the best teams will have 11 strong wrestlers and 4 chumps. This means that they will have traded away all their fat to bolster their top 11. So I guess (per the beginning of this rant), this is why trades are being positioned this way. Good strategy, but these trades should only work after the supplemental (if you're playing to win).
Take my team. My team has really gone thru a rough path of last minute redshirts, weight changes, no shows. I'm dead last in points. I've heard from many people looking to make "fair on paper" trades to close my gaps. I have:
2 holes (165 & 184), 2 weights that need improvement (133 & 141), 7 potential all americans, Double Rostered spots @ 4 weights (ideal trade position).
125: #17 Bonnano
133: UR Franco
141: UR Durso
149: #6 Alton
157: #11 Lester
174: #6 Asper
197: #3 Wright
HWT: #7 Thomusseit
Flex: #7 Scheidel
Bench: 125: UR Cox, 149: #17 Sueflohn, 157: #16 Eifert, 184: Redshirt Thomas 174: Turtog,
I'm not in dire straights (yet). Furthermore, the supplemental draft appears to be more robust than in years past. Remember, that is 3 free drops and 3 free pick ups. Why would I trade away my equity for multiple medium caliber wrestlers today.....when I can acquire equity by dropping my dead weight in a couple of weeks? Those kind of trades work AFTER the supplemental.
I'm posting this because I feel like I'm shutting people down on trades....and they think I either A) don't want to trade B) don't care or C) am unreasonable. My strategy is very straight forward. Get 11 good quality wrestlers before the conference tournament.
If you're interested, I'll be looking forward to making trades with equity on both of our teams.