Wednesday, October 18, 2006

How to Make the Blockbuster Trade

I've been hearing a lot of talk around the forums, and also from my personal experience, about managers worrying about making and preparing for the playoffs. Everyone is looking to perfect their team, and fix those weak spots. The trouble that most people are running into is getting their trade accepted. Here are a couple of my favorite trade secrets to help increase the likelihood a trade will be accepted.

  1. Buy 'em low and sell 'em high. Fantasy football is a lot like the stock market. You have to be aware of each player's value, which usually changes from week to week. Take for example Matt Leinart. 4 weeks ago he had little trade value, you might have been able to get an ok WR or low-end RB for him. Now with all the hype of his performance against the Bears, he is being traded for number 2 backs! Now as for buying them low, start looking at those players who are just finally starting to click. The first example that comes to mind is Hines Ward in Pittsburgh. Up until last week he hadn't even had 100 yards receiving total. His owners are frustrated, and he is undervalued. This is a guy who was generally the 10-12th WR drafted at the beginning of the season, and with the Steelers finally starting to click...he should get back to his usual production.
  2. Create a market. Maybe it's true, maybe it's not, but there is nothing wrong with turning down a trade because you have a "better offer" for the same player. Nine times out of ten this tactic works better when it is actually true, but even in the NFL this rule holds true. But when you let them know that there are multiple parties interested in your star player, then they are usually foolish enough to offer more then what they are worth.
  3. Only trade from strength. This is a common problem for fantasy football managers. You need to assess your team and find out your strengths and weaknesses. Let's say you start 2 RBs and 3 WRs. You did an awesome job drafting your RBs this season..you have LT, Willie Parker, Frank Gore, and Tatum Bell. On the WR side, you aren't doing to good. You are relying on favorable matchups for your number 2 and number 3 slots. Being that we are entering week 7 into the season, do you really need to hold onto 4 stud RBs? No! You will be more than ok with just owning three of those studs. After last week Parker has a very high value (remember rule number 1?), you should easily be able to get Roy Williams for him. You are only hurting yourself by stacking only one part of your team and leaving the others positions weak.
  4. Prepare 2 offers. You'd be surprised what you can get in a trade. Most of us value players differently, and every now and then you might be able to walk away with a steal (now just pray no one vetos it!). The worst thing that can happen when you make an offer is that they will reject it. But don't make it an insulting offer, because it will hurt your rep. If the owner rejects the offer, then you have the psychological edge of making it appear as though you're offering concessions with your second proposal.
There are many different trading strategies out there, but hopefully these 4 tips will be able to give you the extra edge over your competition. Trading is a very important part to fantasy football, and if you are prepared enough, you can really improve your team. Good luck!

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