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Sweeten Your Fantasy Football Trades With A Pizza

QB Tony Romo + Pizza Hut pizza = RB Frank Gore

You might not trade San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore for Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo straight up, but would you do it for Romo and a pizza? Pizza Hut has made it possible.

Continuing the same theme from yesterday which prompted the post about facial hair linked to fantasy football success, I am now two-for-two this week on unsolicited emails that piqued my interest. Truth be told, I love to see some out of the box thinking, and this latest one certainly hits the mark.

PR Director Doug from Pizza Hut emailed me about a new promotion that should be of keen interest to fantasy football players. Basically, if you have a trade offer you are ready to float to another owner in your league, and you don’t think it is quite enough to intrigue the other owner to accept, ask Pizza Hut if they will help tip the scales in your favor by adding a pizza or other menu items in the deal.

They just might do it. From their press release, “[Pizza Hut] has established a way to help fantasy owners complete their trades this football season.” Simply email your trade offer and explain why you need a pizza to close the deal to tradebait@pizzahut.com. They will review your submission, and if your trade proposal is selected, then Pizza Hut will supply online promo codes to add to your offer.

This idea is very cool. Think about the possibility of adding chicken wings in an offer involving Demaryius Thomas! Make sure to check this doesn’t violate any alternate compensation trade rules for your league (or keep it hush, hush). Unfortunately for me this is only eligible for Americans, but I know many of you can try to take advantage, so get to it and let us know if you have success! The full press release is copied below.

PIZZA HUT® OFFERS FANTASY FOOTBALL OWNERS NATIONWIDE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THE ULTIMATE TRADE BAIT: FREE PIZZA

For trade offers that need more “bite,” fantasy owners can email tradebait@pizzahut.com for a chance to win free pizza

PLANO, TEXAS – Football has arrived! And with it comes preparation in many forms, from real world football teams making final roster moves to fantasy football owners building cheat sheets and settling into online draft rooms to select their players for the 2014 season.

But regardless of the amount of preparation, it never fails that every team will hit a crossroads with a player at some point during the season, and in the fantasy world, that often comes in the form of a trade. Unfortunately, as all fantasy owners are aware, not all trade offers are created equal. League leading receiver for an oft-injured third down running back? No way. But what if that trade offer added something so irresistible – so real – that it demanded a second look?

That’s where Pizza Hut comes in. The world’s largest pizza chain has established a way to help fantasy owners complete their trades this football season. All fantasy owners have to do is submit their trade offer and briefly explain why they need pizza to help close the deal to tradebait@pizzahut.com, and then follow the steps provided by email from Pizza Hut to enter. Each week, Pizza Hut will review submitted trade offers and select winners. Winners will be awarded online promo codes to be dangled as trade bait to their pending offers.

“We’re inviting fantasy owners from any league in America to email us their trade offer for the opportunity to add the power of pizza to their deal,” said Doug Terfehr, PR Director, Pizza Hut. “To be clear though, this isn’t an automated program that doles out food to everyone who participates. We will review each and every submission and rule on a case-by-case basis.”

Gift cards may be redeemed for all Pizza Hut menu items, including pizzas, side items, WingStreet wings, Tuscani Pastas and new products.

“We want people to be creative in their submissions,” added Terfehr. “If there’s something specific on our menu that an owner think will close the deal, we want to know. Maybe someone’s old college roommate and owner of that prized QB is a lover of Pizza Hut breadsticks. We want to know and we’ll factor that in as part of the trade offer.”

Fantasy Football Success Linked To Facial Hair

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Is facial hair linked to onfield performance for NFL players? Does a fully bearded Aaron Rodgers best a moustached Rodgers, who in turn is better than a (mostly) clean-shaven Rodgers?

When you run a fantasy football website, and probably any website really, you receive some unsolicited and off the wall emails. No one likes unsolicited email. Most of the time it goes right into the virtual trash. Sometimes however, you decide to read them. Sometimes, you follow up, and sometimes, the information is so “hair” brained (pun intended) you feel compelled to post about it on said-website.

Today is one of those days. I received an email last week from Wahl Grooming, maker of hair clippers and related men’s grooming tools about a fantasy football “study” they procured from Stats, Inc. Apparently, NFL players with facial hair produce better stats on the football field than their clean shaven counterparts! This has obvious implications fantasy football players. Check out the info graphic below for details.

Should we take it into consideration?!? Well, maybe not, but I thought it was worth a skim and a chuckle. Plus, Wahl takes it a step further by offering a free to enter fantasy football contest, in which you can win an entry in the 2015 National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC). Now we’re talking. I’ll give it a go (assuming Canadians are eligible). If not me, then lets have one of our Draft Buddy members take home the prize. Good luck!

Wahl Fantasy Cheat Sheet

NFL Preseason Week 4 Projections and Rankings Update, Team Notes

Buffalo Bills

Rookie WR Sammy Watkins reinjured his ribs and left the Bills Week 4 preseason game. He had trouble with his ribs before, so this is certainly concerning. As for the state of the whole Bills offense after a 23-0 drubbing by the Detroit Lions, it looks like I’m whoring myself out to cheer for another team again this season. Please leave suggestions in the comments.

In all seriousness about my allegiance to the Bills, props to P Brian Moorman for his open letter to the Buffalo fan base after his release.

Hey, the Bills could bring in free agent QB Kyle Orton. I’ll drink to that!

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton said he has no doubt he will play in the Panthers Week 1 game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite his fractured ribs. Play and play like Cam Newton are two different things. Here is hoping he doesn’t get a painful welcome to the season greeting from Lavonte David or Mark Barron.

Someone set me straight, I actually think Jonathan Stewart is worthy of a last round pick on hopes (prayers?) he can stay healthy to start the season and impress. Then trade him.

Chicago Bears

WR Santonio Holmes caught a TD and returned one punt in the Bears final preseason game, as he continues to make his case to latch on as the team’s third WR with Marquess Wilson sidelined indefinitely. I still don’t think he makes the “On The Radar” section of our rankings, but damn, who can forget that Super Bowl catch?

Cincinnati Bengals

Jeremy Hill got a heavy workload and looked good doing so in the Bengals last preseason game. The next day, BenJarvus Green-Ellis was released.

Cleveland Browns

Josh Gordon‘s one-year suspension was upheld on appeal. He can’t play in the CFL either, if you were concerned about that. He should have lots of time on his hands now, which can only lead to good things…

Denver Broncos

WR Wes Welker is optimistic but overall uncertain to play for Week 1 of the regular season.

Green Bay Packers

WR Jarrett Boykin received some praise from the head coach. About time? I haven’t heard anything positive all offseason and it would seem to me Boykin’s fantasy value was moving down. He stepped in admirably last year, and this would be one of the teams where their WR3 has value. Keep in mind, the Packers’ TE position is a mess. Davante Adams is still the better longer-term play over Boykin.

Miami Dolphins

I eluded to this in our recent RB Tiers + Strategy article, and I’m making a change, giving Knowshon Moreno a bigger piece of the RB pie in Miami ahead of Lamar Miller.

New England Patriots

WR Aaron Dobson saw his first game action of the preseason the other night, returning from a foot injury. The already muddled receiving corps on the Pats gets even murkier. Pick your poison between Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell. Or better yet, leave them be.

The Pats acquired TE Tim Wright from the Bucs along with a draft pick for Logan Mankins. Wright performed well last year on the receiver depleted Bucs as a rookie, but was lost amongst a myriad of TE options in Bucs training camp. Now he’s with the Pats, fantasy owners are getting excited. I wouldn’t get too excited, except as a potential short term option IF Rob Gronkowski can’t play Week 1. Which, is still very much a possibility, of course. We may not know for certain until about an hour before kickoff, Sunday September 7th.

Oakland Raiders

Matt Schaub has a banged up elbow. Derek Carr looked great in preseason action. QB controversy? Hey, as long as they don’t throw the kid to the wolves like the Houston Texans did with his older brother, right?

Hey look, a Denarius Moore sighting. I received a dynasty league trade offer from the Moore owner in my league the next morning.

Philadelphia Eagles

RB Chris Polk continues to sit out game action, missing the Eagles final preseason game. He would be in the handcuff discussion if anything happened to LeSean McCoy, but only if Polk himself can get healthy.

Seattle Seahawks

RB Christine Michael has a hamstring injury, missed the Seahawks final preseason game and is behind Robert Turbin on the depth chart. If looking to draft a lottery ticket in your draft at RB, then consider looking elsewhere.

St. Louis Rams

RB Benny Cunningham is getting on the fantasy radar, having outplayed Zac Stacy and rookie Tre Mason in preseason. I wouldn’t worry too much about Cunningham displacing Stacy at this point, but it is always good to know the right replacement players if the starter goes down.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rookie RB Charles Sims is expected to be placed on the NFL’s injured reserve – designated to return list, meaning he could be brought back to the active roster after about the midpoint of the season. If Doug Martin is rolling we shouldn’t be too worried about a returning Sims for redraft, but pretty clear the Bucs love the kid, so be aware.

Kickers

Could this position get more annoying for fantasy football? Matt Prater gets himself suspended for four games and now with roster cuts in full swing, some name kickers are getting the axe. Be wary of Alex Henery – Eagles, Connor Barth – Bucs, and, and … someone else I’m forgetting … have I mentioned I hate kickers?

Points are points, so you’ve got to keep tabs on them, even though we’d rather spend our time elsewhere, like playing Fantasy Throwdown, perhaps? (You can choose to remove kickers from your Throwdown challenges, by the way.)