Weekly Planner: Lack of action often best action at trade deadline
For every trade, there are 10, maybe 20, 30, 40, 50, rumors that amount to nothing but hot air. It is easy to get sucked in by the news. It is wiser to let it all just unfold, and react thereafter.
The last week of July always is an exciting time for fantasy owners who love to debate and talk trades, but it can also lead you to do something you'll regret. Like, making a deal you probably don't need to make. Like, dealing a closer who might get dealt to be a setup man elsewhere.
If you're in an AL-only or NL-only league where you stand to lose someone dealt to the other league, sit tight. Sure, you might be stuck with nothing if Zack Greinke, Matt Garza, James Shields or even Cole Hamels are dealt to the opposite league. But we should remind you of the alternative; those pitchers can stick where they are, or get dealt to an even brighter situation in the same league.
Those are three potential outcomes in this next week. Only one is bad.
It is usually not a fantasy writer's job to tell you that inactivity is your best action. They need you to read, think, react and come back to analyze all over again. But the last week in July is the best time to do nothing.
... Until something actually happens.
As for the rest of the weekly fantasy baseball trends: