Dirty Dancing Guide to Trading in 2QB Fantasy Football Leagues

Dirty Dancing Guide to Trading in 2QB Fantasy Football Leagues

Nothing is sacred anymore.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact Hollywood is basically nothing but remakes and comic book movies.

But re-imaging Point Break as an extreme sports flick was a step too far, I thought. How could they take the majestic Johnny Utah – former college football quarterback star turned F Bee Eye agent – and turn him into a 21st century extreme undercover sporting whatever?

I thought Hollywood remakes couldn’t get any worse.

I was wrong.

Hollywood could go further by remaking Road House with Ronda Rousey.


While Hollywood can take away our love of cheesy 80s action films we love to make fun of they can never take away our ability to use pop culture references in our everyday lives, which is what I’ve been doing with this article the past two years.

If you’ll recall, I attempted to bring a better understanding of how trading works in 2-QB leagues by relying on The Cooler, Dalton, and his way of life in and out of The Double Deuce. The next year we tackled 2-QB trading through Johnny Utah and Bodhi’s Point Break bromance.

By going with Road House and Point Break off the bat you probably figured this trope was exhausted to death.

What other Patrick Swayze movies are worthy of devoting an entire fantasy football article to?

The answer is many: Red Dawn, Youngblood, Next of Kin, and Ghost, to name a few. And Dirty Dancing.

Many of you probably don’t think Dirty Dancing and fantasy football mix. You’re about to find out that they oddly do…

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

Don’t let your league mates force you into a trade that’s one-sided in their favor. How many times have you received a notification in your inbox of a fantasy trade offer that’s not only lopsided in the proposer’s favor, but also comes with a 10-page essay explaining why the offer makes sense and would improve your roster?

It happens in every fantasy league, but you shouldn’t feel like you have to accept a trade, especially if your team is in a rut and you think a trade will turn things around. Any trade will not do, and you shouldn’t be forced into a corner to make one.

Trades need to beneficial for both parties, and in 2-QB leagues a majority of deals revolve around the quarterback position. Blake Bortles might be the fantasy QB6 after seven weeks, but that doesn’t mean you should accept a trade that will give you Bortles in exchange for Cam Newton, the fantasy QB7.

There’s a good chance Newton will finish the season as a Top-5 fantasy quarterback, and Bortles might not. Don’t let yourself be backed into a corner with trade offers.

“Go back to your playpen, Baby.”

How do you deal with lopsided trades? Simple. Tell your trade partner to, “go back to their playpen.” Calling them ‘Baby’ is optional.

“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”

The above quote can be used to describe many 2-QBers lusting after a certain player they covet on their 2-QB squad, be it Julio Jones, Todd Gurley, or Aaron Rodgers.

Many times we overthink fantasy football, and trick ourselves into believing one player can take our team over the top.

It’s usually never that simple, but if you’ve talked yourself into believing a specific stud player is the missing piece to a championship run it’s going to cost you a ton to acquire their services.

You can’t throw an offer like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Darren McFadden to the Rodgers owner in your league just because they need a running back and McFadden is a throwaway piece to you. The Rodgers owner probably feels the same way about the supposed new Dallas Cowboys starting running back.

Trades need to make sense for both sides, and unless you’re willing to part with a valuable piece in order to land a stud like Rodgers you better get used to reading trade rejection notes, emails, texts, tweets, etc.

If you want to know what it feels like to win and don’t want to be left alone, like Johnny fears, you need to pay the price to acquire your ‘Baby’.

“Well, it looks like I picked the wrong sister. That’s okay, Baby, I went slummin’ too.”

One week trades for quarterbacks to cover bye weeks (usually for a not-so-great signal caller that you can get for cheap who you might only stream for one week and never start again) happen all the time in 2-QB leagues. Especially when there are 12 teams or more in your 2-QB league.

We can ‘slum’ it up, too, in 2-QB leagues, and while a quarterback like Ryan Fitzpatrick or Joe Flacco might not be in the same tier as an Andy Dalton or Tom Brady, they’re serviceable in the right matchup, and can be acquired for a much more reasonable price than the above mentioned top-tier signal callers.

Rather than trading for an elite, high-end QB1 that could cripple your roster, target signal callers a rung or two below with favorable matchups that can be had for an affordable price tag.

“But, last week, I took a girl from Jamie, the lifeguard. And he said to her, right in front of me, “What does he have that I don’t have?” And she said, “Two hotels.”

Hotels, quarterbacks; what’s the difference?

Target the 2-QB team with excess at quarterback if you’re in need of help, be it for a bye week or long-term. On the flip side, trade away the valuable QB3 on your bench you will rarely start.

Savvy 2-QBers know how wise it can be to invest in a third quarterback, even if their two starting quarterbacks are the types that will rarely get benched.

Using early round draft capital on a QB3 can be costly, but acquiring a third quarterback through the waiver wire can be fruitful long-term. Take Brian Hoyer, for example.

After Ryan Mallett was given the starting quarterback job in Houston, many Hoyer owners in 2-QB leagues were quick to drop him. Why roster someone who can’t even beat out Ryan Mallett in real life? Fast forward to Week 4, and all of a sudden Hoyer was back under center for the Texans.

Hoyer didn’t start in Week 4 or Week 5, but was officially named the starting quarterback in Week 6. All he’s done the past four weeks is score the third-most fantasy points (per PFF) at the quarterback position, and has finished as a QB1 (Top-12) four straight weeks.

For those that took a chance on Hoyer early in his run, thinking he would get his job back, were rewarded with a fantasy QB1 for free. The rarest prize of all in 2-QB leagues. Many will recall Josh McCown’s similar run in Chicago during the 2013 fantasy season, as he helped a number of 2-QBers solidify their playoff hopes.

There’s no guarantee Hoyer will continue his current fantasy scoring ways though. His upcoming schedule is tough, and he lost a key pass catching cog in Arian Foster.

If you’re set at the QB1 and QB2 slots, and you own Hoyer, he’s expendable. You’re the owner of an attractive property in 2-QB leagues, just like Neil Kellerman and his hotels. Take advantage of your wealth.

For those in need of a QB3, targeting the Hoyers, Fitzpatricks, Winstons, and Flaccos of the 2-QB world could be your best bet at acquiring quarterback help.

Like any movie with a great ending, once you’ve finally agreed on a trade you’ll know, just like Johnny, “It’s not on the one, it’s not the mambo. It’s a feeling; a heartbeat.

*Stats used in this article courtesy of FantasyData and Pro Football Focus Fantasy

**This post was republished from 2QBFFB.com

Salvatore Stefanile

Salvatore Stefanile is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) and has been playing fantasy football since his high school days. He is a proponent of 2QB fantasy football leagues and his work has been featured on XN Sports, RotoViz, and Rotoworld. His writing on 2QB fantasy football leagues earned him the FSWA award for 'Best Fantasy Football On-Going Series' in 2013. He earned a second FSWA nomination in 2015. You can follow him on Twitter @2QBFFB

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