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DeAndre Hopkins and LeVeon Bell On the Move In 2019’s First Major Shakeup

In the late hours of last night, Ryan Olsen’s The Resistance and The Commish’s Pecan Sandies struck a deal on what is the first major blockbuster trade of the 2019 season. The deal sees the teams swap their former first round picks, Le’Veon Bell and DeAndre Hopkins, as The League heads into the second half of what has been an ultra-competitive regular season in which 11 of the 12 teams are within at least 1 game of a playoff spot.

Yesterday evening, driven no doubt by the loss of RB Kerryon Johnson to knee surgery, The Commish informed The League that Hopkins and fellow receiver Amari Cooper were available for trade in return for running back help. After receiving several other offers, The Commish and Olsen hammered out a deal rather quickly that seems to benefit both squads as they attempt to make a playoff push.

For Olsen, the trade adds another top flight receiver to pair with Adam Thielen as plug and play starters, providing The Resistance with possibly The League’s top receiving core and the added flexibility to play the matchup game in the flex with Allen Robinson and the New England-bound Mohamed Sanu. Hopkins is also a needed-security blanket in this week’s upcoming game in the event Thielen is unable to suit up tomorrow night. Marlon Mack and James White will slide into the every-week RB roles in the absence of Bell.

For The Commish, the loss of Hopkins undoubtedly hurts the receiving game, but provides a big boost to a ground game that was in shambles due to the injury to Kerryon Johnson and the League-wide lack of RB depth. Bell gives the team a reliable floor with potential upside as the schedule lightens up and, as an added bonus, has already had his bye. While Ekeler and Bell do the ground work, Courtland Sutton will move up to WR2 and The Commish figures to play it by ear in the flex with waiver wire addition Kenny Stills, Jamison Crowder, and Phillip Dorsett, who was also included in the deal with Olsen.

Both Olsen and The Commish currently sit at 3-4 and are battling for playoff position. They face off next week in what could be a pivotal matchup for both teams.

In years past, the first big trade of the year has been a harbinger of more deals to follow. While the trade front has been quiet this year, we’ll see if last night’s deal is followed up by anymore fireworks from elsewhere in The League.

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The West Gets Wilder After Pair of Blockbuster Trades

With a 3 team tie atop the division, it was tough to imagine the Wild West getting any wilder. That all changed given the events this late last night and this morning, which could dramatically change the dynamics of the shootout set to take place over the remaining weeks of the regular season.

Wednesday night, Team Thanos owner Jay Hey Hennin and Wild Bunch owner Nicky “Diamonds” Panepinto struck a deal on a rare interdivision blockbuster that saw both teams’ first round picks switching sides. Team Thanos acquired a pair of starting backs in David Johnson and Nick Chubb, while The Wild Bunch now employs the services of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot and Packers RB Aaron Jones.

For Hennin, the jettisoning of Elliot serves multiple purposes, as he traded one starting piece for two and managed to fill the hole Zeke’s bye created this week as Team Thanos looks to put an end to a 4 game slide. The rising Chubb, now the unquestioned number one back out in Cleveland, has a chance to arouse Team Thanos’ RB2 hole and the DJ acquisition should get the blood flowing back to Team Thanos (if the Cardinal’s new offensive coordinator can get Johnson into the right positions) for the long, hard playoff push.

The Wild Bunch, meanwhile, took advantage of their surplus at RB to add a huge weapon to their holster for the jam-packed division race. While Zeke won’t be able to make an immediate impact given his bye this week, Diamonds is counting on a refreshed Elliot to lead the charge for a team that many think is on the ascent.

Not to be outdone, the bottom dwelling KerryOnMyWaywardSon owner Mark Richter made a last ditch effort to save his season this morning when he sent DeAndre Hopkins, Alshon Jeffrey and the injury-plagued Dalvin Cook packing to Lobster Beesk in exchange for Odell Beckham Jr, Tarik Cohen and Randall Cobb.

The 1-6 Richter was in need of immediate help, and the upcoming bye for Jeffrey and uncertain status of Cook were a couple of the main motivations behind the deal. Meanwhile Meade’s Lobster Beesk squad, sitting at 5-2, has more wiggle room to withstand the Alshon bye week and wait for Dalvin to return to full strength for the playoff race.

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BREAKING: Meat Mavens Making Moves

COMMISH’S BATHROOM STALL, NEW YORK – – In an apparent Hail Mary attempt to turn his season around, Meat Mavens owner and operator Big Tony Barlotta struck agreements with Team Thanos and Knights of Ren management on a pair of early season trades that figure to reshape the landscape of The League dramatically.

In all, the Meat Mavens shipped off second round pick Jordan Howard, 4th round pick Larry Fitzgerald and 5th round pick Tom Brady, along with free agent acquisition Tyler Eifert. In exchange, Tony acquired TY Hilton, Cooper Kupp, Kenyan Drake, Randall Cobb and Trey Burton.

The Meat Mavens are hoping that the pair of deals inject some life into the 0-3 team, particularly the woefully underwhelming wide receiver corps.

Upon the news of the second trade with The Knights of Ren breaking this afternoon, Tony issued a public statement to The League at large which seemed to indicate that the trades were as much about sending a message to the remaining players on the team as it was about improving the roster. “I demand results, plain and simple. Not including the playoff game last year I lost a total of 3 games,” Tony said.  “I’m 0-3 it’s time things get shaken up and start a new chapter of this young season. Pat and the Mavens are ready to slaughter the cows.”

In yesterday’s trade, the Mavens struck a deal to send Jordan Howard to the 3-0 Team Thanos. Howard should add more strength to the ground game of the already formidable Hennin squad, especially ahead of his Week 4 rematch of last years League Championship Game against reigning champ Jacky G.

Today, the Mavens shipped Tom Brady and Larry Fitz over to the 0-3 Knights of Ren, in a move that both owners are hoping will turn the season around. While Olsen has started the season winless, there was still a sense of optimism around the team that has performed well but was unable to pick up a W in what has been a buzzsaw of a division, at least in the early-going.

How these trades will play out in the long run is anyone’s guess at the moment, but this much is clear – the 2018 League season is just beginning to heat up.