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Trade Tactics: Making the Most of Fantasy Football Trading Season

Fantasy Football season is almost here. The preseason games are about to end and the fantasy draft is nearing.

One of the most intriguing things about fantasy football is the concept of trading. From the teams that fail to build a good roster in the draft to the teams that do have competitive rosters, the managers trade and improve their squad, to ultimately win the league.

And if you’re a newbie to fantasy football, chances are that you’ve stumbled upon the concept of trading and you’re confused. But don’t worry. This page will help you understand the concept of trading and the tactics that you can use to make successful trades.

What is Trading? And Why is it important?

In fantasy football, the concept of trading is an arrangement between two teams who decide to identify players and exchange them.  Much like what happens in the National Football League, trading in fantasy football also requires compensation. Trades usually happen either after the draft or during the season. Fantasy football managers make moves to fill in the roster gaps.

This is really important and powerful as adapting and making changes based on the players’ performances eventually takes you closer to the championship. But since this is also a negotiation practice, there are certain tactics that you can use to get yourself a good deal done.

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Trading Tactics in Fantasy Football

Trading is negotiating. And here are a few important tactics to make a successful trade.

Understanding the requirement

One of the most important aspects in trading is understanding why you’re trading. This means analyzing your roster, and knowing what trade you want. Are you looking to fill position for position, or are you looking to get more in return or are you looking to cover the roster. These are some of the important questions to ask before you make an offer.

Study Your Opponent’s Team

Once you understand the first tactic, the next one will be to study your opponent team’s roster. At the end of the day, negotiations are a business move. And in any business move, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your opponent gives you an upper edge. Studying the roster of your opponents gives you an understanding of their requirements and it’ll be helpful to you when you make an offer. Understanding the loop holes in their roster will help you cater the offer better.

Use Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer Tools

You’re one good trade away from completely changing the direction of your team towards championship and one bad trade away from steering your team away from the championship. Hence knowing the value package for trades is important. Use fantasy football trade analyzer tools to check if the particular trade will benefit your team or hurt it.

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Taking Risks

While the goal of negotiating is to come out on a win-win deal, the reality of that happening is not always high. This is where you’ve to understand the concept of taking risks. Taking risks might lose you a trade but it is part of your role as a fantasy football manager to do what’s in the best interest of your team and put them in a position to win.

Sometimes taking risks can be offering multiple players in exchange for one. If you see the value and believe that the player you’re trading for might help your team, you should go for it.

Playing the long game and being consistently good will take you to further heights in fantasy football.

Unbiased Thinking

Having a bias means having emotions attached. While making any business decision, it’s important to remove the emotional aspect and do what’s good for your team. Similarly, in fantasy football, being unbiased will help you in the long run.

Fantasy football managers hold onto their favorite players while making trades. And this might not always be the best option for the team. Chances are that you’re overvaluing the player’s potential and missing out on an opportunity to get something good in return.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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