Fantasy basketball roundtable
Trading can be one of the most enjoyable parts of fantasy basketball, especially if you end up on the strong side of a deal that propels your squad to the league championship. Unfortunately, trading can be a frustrating experience as well, since there is always a chance that you will find yourself regretting the move.
So how do our experts ensure that they come out on top? Read on to find out:
I employ the time-honored strategy of trying to improve my team while screwing my trade partner in the process. Sarcasm aside, I'm not sure that I use a particularly unique strategy. Rather, I depend on my ability to sense when my team needs a nip or a tuck. Paraphrasing President-elect
I'm not afraid to move my superstars and I never fall in love with my team. That said, patience is a virtue. I won't trade for the sake of trading, especially if my team is doing well. I'm usually leery of offers coming my way, especially if they come from a league-mate who knows what they are doing. I also like to give my offers a personal touch, as in sending an e-mail before firing off that automated trade request from the league web site. There's more room for negotiation and soft selling, and at worst you can develop a rapport with an opponent, which could come in handy later in the year.
My trade strategy is quite simple: maximize my value. While no player is off limits, it's important to remember not to panic. There is a reason why you're getting plenty of trade offers for
Wheeling and dealing is one of the most fun parts of fantasy basketball. If your league forbids trading, don't invite me to it. My strategy regarding trading is one of fairness. I won't lowball, but I will come up with a deal that's probably in my advantage. Usually, I'll start out an initial trade offer with something that will get the owner's attention and make him think a little bit about the deal I'm offering. If you're saying, "I'll give you my
I follow one simple strategy when it comes to trading: acquire the best player in the deal. I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity. No matter how many players are involved in the trade, I make damn sure that I'm getting the best one. When making offers, I will try to offer two of my pretty good players for a stud. Now that said, if I'm really struggling to compete in a league, it's probably a good idea to trade one of your stars for some quantity. But my goal is not to be in that position in the first place!
There were some great responses from our experts, but one thing in particular really rang true with me. Huang mentioned not sending out low-ball offers, and I completely agree with him on that. This is particularly true if you are playing in a league full of veterans, and since they know what they are doing, they'll likely be insulted by your offer.
Of course you want to make trades that help your team, but one thing that I like to do is flip the deal around. Look at it as though you would be getting the other side of the deal, and think about whether or not you would at least take a second to consider it. If you wouldn't, then you need to change the trade. If you would, then you can at least be confident that you likely won't insult the other owner, and even if they don't accept, you might get a counter offer.
So those are the strategies employed by our experts, if anyone has any other strategies they like to use feel free to e-mail me at