If I’m reading your post correctly, the trade is:
Hopkins, McCaff (and Perriman as a throw in)
Jordan Howard, Hogan, and Edelman.
I don’t think it’s as obviously unfair as you’re saying, but I do think it’s unfair. The only way to test these types of trades is to try to argue for their fairness and see if you sound like a liar / idiot / used car salesman while doing so.
So the argument for the trade’s fairness could go like this:
DeAndre is a mid-to-back of the first guy, and Jordan Howard is a back of the first to mid-second; while Hopkins is the biggest fish in this trade, there is a growing chorus of pundits who are saying Howard is set up to have a monster year; there is also a somewhat smaller group of pundits who are cooling on Hopkins, or are at least stating that last year was his ceiling and are projecting some regression for him as a result. So those two, it could be argued, are viable trade pieces as long as the other pieces offset the perceived slightly higher value of Hopkins.
We don’t sound like a used car salesman yet, but we’re getting close.
The next question, then, is: do the other pieces in this trade balance the higher / lower values of the main pieces? Put another way: is McCaffrey / Perriman less valuable than Hogan / Edelman?
Like you, I think the answer is ‘no.’
I guess the logic for anyone wanting to argue that McCaffrey / Hogan is a somewhat fair swap is that Hogan could blow up and McCaffrey could break if he’s overused behind a hobbled o-line in carolina.
But that’s about as good as it gets before we lapse into used car salesman terrigory:
Hogan, while not to be sneezed at, does not currently carry even close to the same value as McCaffrey.
Sure, once Edelman’s back, he could be hugely valuable, especially in PPR formats. Both of those Patriot receivers are desirable pieces, but the two-B-plus for one A plus guy thing does not work, especially if they’re both on the same team.
So the fact that Hogan and Edelman are on the same team and are destined to take targets from one another after Edelman comes back hurts this trade’s fairness.
Like you, I’d say ‘no.’
I’m a commish in my league and I wouldn’t have straight up veto’d the trade without some discussion first. I would have explained it to both guys the way I’m explaining it to you and I would have suggested that the Perriman part gets chucked out and the guy offering the Hogan / Edelman piece to go back to the drawing and come up with one guy who could be a reasonable equivalent to McCaffrey.