Fantasy Football Trades can cause headache, heartache, and lost friendships. They are the single biggest point of contention in all of Fantasy Sports.
Some people read that opening and completely disagreed. I would say that you are in the small percentage of leagues where there is almost no trading. I pity you.
Wheeling and dealing while making trades is the life blood of our fake-real game. However, many times you can get caught in the adrenaline rush or time table and make a bad trade. Other times you simply cannot come to an agreement and you and your buddy wasted 2-3 hours of each other’s time.
This is a simple list of how to make Fantasy Football Trades that are successful.
7 Tips to Making Successful Fantasy Football Trades
Figure Out Your Strength/Weakness
I wrote an article a few weeks ago detailing the best way to do this. You must first identify your strength: you have four strong receivers but can only start three or you have two elite quarterbacks. Then you figure out where your weakness is: do you need a better running back or are you thin at receiver?
Knowing what you are looking for and what you can give up is half the battle.
Finding A Trade Partner
Now that you know what position/type of player that you are looking for, you can find the right partner to trade with.
This is where you can scan other teams’ rosters to figure out who is in the opposite situation as you. Which person has the strength where you have weakness and vice versa.
I detailed this out in the article mentioned before, but the key is knowing the person you are trading with. If her or she is a risk-taker then dangle the rookie poised for a break out. If they are on the safer side, make them a 3-for-1 offer.
Know Your Limits
Before making any deal, know the maximum that you are willing to give up. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times a trade has gone through without any counter offers.
Hell, you should never accept a trade without at least countering once. Unless, of course, it is a no-brainer, like someone offering you Antonio Brown for Stefon Diggs or something.
By knowing your limit, you can start lower and build up to it. Hopefully you will not have to reach it. So if you are willing to part with Jarvis Landry and Michael Crabtree to acquire LeSean McCoy, offer up Landry and your worst reserve first.
At the same time, make the offer worthwhile to start. Don’t just throw two spares out to start, or you will anger the other owner. Make him or her really consider the first offer by dangling a good player to start.
Don’t Leave Extras Out
By ‘extras’ I am referring to the players that get dropped in a 2- or 3-for-1 deal. If you are pulling off a Matt Jones, Frank Gore and Brandon Marshall for David Johnson deal, ask the owner who they are going to drop for their two roster spots.
If those guys interest you, have them thrown in the mix. 99% of the time, the other owner will, it has no effect on them.
Buy Low, Sell High
— SoCalledFantasyExprt (@SoCalledFanEx) November 3, 2016
Don’t ever trade for a player after they had the biggest game of their career. There is just no way that you will give the proper value in return. The other owner will undoubtedly raise the asking price.
Conversely, do not try to shop a guy who just had an awful three-game stretch. I know that you might want to move him, but you won’t get enough value back. Try to stick it out another week or two for some sign of life that you can use to sell his prospectus.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
What I mean is do not let a more minor details of these Fantasy Football trades keep it from happening. If the other owner wants your 5th best receiver instead of the 6th best guy you had in mind, and he or she is standing firm, go with it.
If you are going to all this trouble to acquire a stud from them, it does not matter that you lose a little bit of depth. At this point in the season, bye weeks are almost over anyway. You don’t want to lose the opportunity of sincerely upgrading your starting lineup over an insignificant reserve.
Open Up the Offer
Unless you are just blown away by the first negotiation, open up what you are offering to the league. Most of the time, someone else will want the guy(s) you are trading and you can start a bidding war.
Some people do not like this because then they end up paying more on their end. I however see it as a free market system that needs to be utilized. You could be leaving a lot of value on the table by just talking to one potential partner.
The Veto Problem
Lastly, let’s talk about vetoes when it comes to Fantasy Football trades. It is not really a tip, but more of a disclaimer/rant.
Don’t be that guy.
People that say they are using a “strategy” by vetoing a fair trade are just idiots. Just because you are mad about someone else’s team getting better does not mean you have to be spiteful.
The real problem is the veto is necessary. I have been in leagues with shady stuff going down, but it was Commissioner Veto. The Commissioner was the one doing the deal.
One more small tip:
Don’t Get Mad: Have Fun
This is a game. If someone refuses to cooperate with your negotiations then move on. It is not worth getting in a fight.
Good luck with your Fantasy Football trades for the rest of the season!
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