Fantasy Football, the Art of Trading!
We all know that it’s a long NFL season, but what escapes some of us is how long the Fantasy Football season is! So you didn’t do as well as you thought in your draft, welcome to 75 percent of fantasy football players. I told you before in the 12 rules of fantasy football that the draft is just the beginning. Ok, maybe you are missing out on the waiver wire because you are winning some games here and there and you don’t have a high enough waiver priority. The answer for you is trading.
I know it is easier said than done, but there is an art to trading that if you learn it and master it you can change any team into a championship contender. I am not talking about trying to rip other owners off or lie to them about players. You do not have to try to make them think you can read the future because none of us do and if you did you would have drafted the right guys to begin with. When trading remember two simple rules of business: sell high and buy low and listen to what the customer wants so you can do your best to give it to them. I have made trades for Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Adrian Peterson and many more by just listening to desires and giving them options to meet their needs. A player has one strong running back and a weak supporting cast; you offer him two backs for the one and boom you have a deal.
Selling high and buying low is the best way to move players you think might have had a hot streak or favorable schedule and now you want to move them for someone who is coming up on a possible hot streak or even a more trustworthy player. Let’s take a couple guys for example, Alshon Jeffery, a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, after getting single digits the first three games, has over 20 points in his last two. This is a player prime for selling, sure he might stay hot or he might not, but right now you can trade him for someone who is consistently going to get you 14 or more, which is more than his average. Lets say you only have one game of a player like Justin Blackmon a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, can you sell him? Easy answer is, of course. Right now he is a 20 point receiver, sure that might go down, but to what? Let’s say 15 points; well that’s still a top tier receiver. So ship him for something you want or feel more comfortable with. This is supposed to be fun and the rush of trading is like victory itself. You are waiting to see who got the better end of the deal and if you could be a real general manager in the NFL.
I will end this with this advice; do not be afraid to make a trade. So many people don’t pull the trigger because of the fear of making a mistake, which is the worst way of going about it. Fantasy football is a lot like life, we will make many mistakes, play the wrong guys, draft some busts, and make some dumb trades. But just like in life that is all part of becoming great, you’ve got to take the chance to find out. The only chance to succeed is by going all out for it and you might strike out cold but you might just find yourself in the hunt for a championship and that is also a great feeling.
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