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Trade theory in fantasy football: Productivity vs. popularity


In my first fantasy football draft, I spent a late-round draft pick on a rookie quarterback out of Washington State who had impressed me when I happened to see him play in person in a game at USC the previous season. I won the league championship that season, and as this was a dynasty league, I proceeded to celebrate by using my winnings to purchase a Drew Bledsoe jersey. Why wouldn’t I? After all, he was a big part in helping me get that prize in the first place.

Since it was a dynasty league, there wasn’t any worry that I wouldn’t get Bledsoe in future seasons, but had it been a one-and-done redraft league, all of my leaguemates would certainly have known simply from my choice of apparel that the quarterback was someone I would put higher value on than perhaps most other fantasy football participants.

Christopher Seeger, a lawyer who represented the class of more than 20,000 former NFL players, and co-counsel TerriAnne Benedetto told the judge that some players entered contracts with exorbitantly high interest rates for advances on their eventual claims, while others agreed to high fees.

They have been investigating groups like claims service providers and lenders at the request of U.S. District Judge Anita Brody. The hearing was to present their findings, and they asked the judge to extend her order so they could continue investigating, to see if additional action should be taken such as a criminal investigation.

“The last thing I want to happen is to watch these awards be cannibalized,” Seeger said.
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