The Art of the Fantasy Football Trade

When it comes to Fantasy Football, one of the most important things is making the right trade, always check your trades with a trade analyzer before you accept or send them to make sure that it’s a good trade for you. A good trade can make you a play-off contender in a matter of seconds. You should always be thinking about making trades to get you in a better position.

Now there’s two main problems when it comes to making a trade:

The first problem is that some fantasy football team owners don’t want to trade at all. There’s not much you can do with them, the best move here is to simply ignore those people when it comes to planning your trades.

The second problem is that most fantasy football owners over value the players they own, which means that in order to make a trade happen you really have to work at it. One great way to deal with this is to go with what I call the “go high then low” trade strategy. Please note, this only works if your trade is somewhat even or maybe slightly favorable to you. But always analyze your trades before you send them.

Now the strategy is very simple:

  1. Offer a trade that you know will be turned down where you are clearly the winner. An example would be a trade that involves the other team’s best player for your 3rd or 4th best player.
  2. It’s very unlikely that it will be accepted, but now you got the other team’s attention.
  3. There is a chance that the other owner will send a counter offer your way. You might get lucky and get a good grade, but if that’s not the case then wait a day or two and then propose another trade. This time make the trade what you originally wanted. This trade should look very reasonable to the other team owner.
  4. If the trade is rejected then maybe it wasn’t meant to be, it’s very possible that the other team owner is emotionally attached to the player you were targeting.
  5. Propose another if the other team has a player that you want or try step 1-3 with another team owner.

It’s always fun when you pull the perfect Fantasy Football trade, keep at it and you’ll get much better over time.