Trading in Fantasy Football is a fickle affair. However, it is the best way to trade some of your strengths and help your weaknesses.
There are so many different types of traders that it is tough to come to a deal some times.
There’s the guy that over-values his own players because of when he drafted them. Then there is the guy that will never accept a deal, and will always counter for more. You also have the guy that will only take a one-sided deal in his favor.
However, trading players is a necessary and advantageous strategy for most Fantasy Owners. This is especially true if you have great depth at one position and are weak at another.
Fantasy Football Trading: Turning Weakness to Strength
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Figure Out Your Strengths/Weaknesses
Last week I wrote an article about how to honestly assess your Fantasy Football team. That outline is a must-read for this strategy.
You need to know what part of your team you can trade away, including which players of that position. You also need to know what position you need to target and which players to buy low on.
For example, if you drafted Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Kelvin Benjamin and Marvin Jones, you are not hurting for another wideout. On the other hand, if you selected DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen, Sammy Watkins and Donte Moncrief, then wide receiver is definitely your top priority.
Now if you have the first set of receivers, you still need to figure out which one would be the best to move. That’s where honestly assessing your team comes into play. If you think Jones or Benjamin will taper off and regress then you can sell high on them for an upgrade at running back or quarterback.
Once you have figured out which position/players you are willing to give up to acquire value in an area of need, you must find a trading partner.
As I mentioned earlier, there are so many different types of trading partners that your area of need will decide which person to propose a trade to. For instance, if you are trying to do a 2-for-1 deal then you want to find the team lacking in depth. He or she also should be a Fantasy Owner that always tries to get the most in a deal.
Now if you are trying to acquire two players for one stud, then you are going to look at the risk takers in your league. This is a good time to have some jotted notes down from the draft. Who else was bidding or wanted to take certain players? You might get the best value in return from them.
One big factor with finding a trading partner is to not get locked in on one person. If someone is being the stubborn owner that always wants more, then leave the negotiation. Field other offers and let it be known so that maybe that first person will come off their high horse about their player/s.
Part of finding a trading partner is knowing the limits on what you will give up. Maybe the most important part of helping weakness with strengths is still having your strength. What I mean is don’t sacrifice your advantage too much to try to help other areas. If you have the best receiving group in the league, but slightly below average running backs, you don’t want to trade so much value in receivers that you then become average there.
Always keep your strength.
Making the Deal
Alright, now that you know your strengths and weaknesses and have found a possible trading partner, it’s time to go Howie Mandel on it and make a deal.
If you have drafted well then upgrade from two fifty-cent pieces for a dollar. I have said before and I’ll say it again: Fantasy Football roster construction is quite similar to the NBA. You have 1-2 studs, then you fill your main roster with consistent role players with a couple of bench fillers.
Just like in the NBA, I always want to get the best player in a trade. Whenever someone trades a Shaq, James Harden, Kevin Garnett, etc., the team that received the star got the better deal nine times out of ten. Four quarters does not always equal the dollar. Multiple pieces cannot give you the same value as one stud and replacement players.
That’s the key right there: the value gained. That is what you must take into account. I just made a trade in a league for Antonio Brown. I gave up two of the Top-14 running backs. So let’s say they were averaging 13 points a game for a combined 26. If Antonio Brown is averaging 21 himself, and my backup running back is averaging 9, I’ve gained four points per week.
Now I know projections and consistency come into play, but that is how you truly evaluate your trade. Did I give up more points/starters/overall value? Yes, there’s no question. But now I have the unquestioned most consistent and best player in Fantasy Football that I can lock into the lineup for 20-plus points per week.
I know trading for Antonio Brown is not exactly rocket science. But what I am getting at is take a risk. This is a weekly game. You need a team that can have the top score in the league in a week, not one that scrapes by with an average score each match-up.
Hopefully you have built depth and avoided injury to where you can make a 2- or 3-for-1 deal. If you haven’t and are struggling, then you might be on the other end. Either way, just make sure your strength remains a strength, your weakness is helped, and you gain solid value.
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