Trading in fantasy football can be a bit tricky, as it takes two to tango. Owners are more likely to hold onto their roster and see what happens, instead of shipping them away. The waiver wire is much more active in comparison to trades around the league. However if you find yourself trading in fantasy football, you will need to know a few things. One of the main things you need to do to be a respectable owner for one, but to have a successful trade is to be realistic. If you have ever seen a ridiculous trade offer come across your screen, you lose a little respect for that owner. So don’t be that type of owner. Throwing around unfair trades is going to make trades tougher to complete in the future.
Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses for your fantasy football roster. If you have a lack of wide receiver depth, then this should be something you want to address. Now if you have two quality tight ends, then you could potentially send one away for a wide receiver to help strengthen your other roster. Having a strong bench is also very important as you want to have options based on matchup and make things easier on yourself as you might have to deal with injuries or bye weeks later in the year. You also need to gauge other team’s rosters to find a trade partner, which we will get to that below.
Don’t trade just to trade or shake things up. You need to have a plan, whether that is to target players for depth or to upgrade a position, or even to try and weaken an opposing member by giving them a player who is a sell high. You can also look for players who have better matchups in the future compared to the guys you have. That is why evaluating what you are doing fully is going to be key for winning trade and bettering your team. These are the main tips to consider when trading or receiving trades.
Trades can be a work in progress, so if your offer is turned down, spark a conversation and see what you can do to make it work. If you submit a trade, follow up. As we have often heard with job interviews, calling to follow up lets them know you are serious and want to get something done. The same can be said for a fantasy football trade. A simple no from the opposing owner will make sure you are not wasting time and can begin to look elsewhere for other options. Communication is key here, more than just a simple trade request and counter response. This is a league, it is supposed to be active.
You might have heard the saying, “Buy low and sell high” which means to buy low on a player that might be underperforming and to sell high on players playing above their normal means. While there will be some exceptions, positive and negative regression is very real and happens often. You can take advantage of owners reacting to these players who are struggling or playing at a high level. Now if a running back is off to a historic start to the season, he is going to be a player highly sought after. If you can get a healthy return and bolster your squad, do so. The same goes for players who are struggling. Now of course you need to make sure there are not underlying reasons for a player struggling, but if they have had bad matchups and the volume is there, you might be able to acquire them for cheap.
Finding Fantasy Owners To Trade With
You are going to have owners who sit on their teams and don’t trade with anyone. Some owners will be actively looking to trade, and then you have the owners who are throwing unfair trades or countering with ridiculous trade offers. Don’t be the last owner, that is a certain. If you are actively looking to trade, you will need to find a partner. For this example, we will say Team A has excess wide receivers, and needs a running back. What you need to do is first is have somewhat of a wishlist of the players you want. Remember to be realistic. You are going to need to find a series of Team B’s who have a handful of running backs that they can give away. This is where you can find teams that have the opposite of you in strengths and weaknesses where teams can make something work for both sides.
Some owners will be looking to trade for players who are red hot, as they believe they will continue at a high pace. If you have a player who is producing record numbers, regression is coming. If you can get a solid return on a player who is desperate to acquire the red hot player, you can offer up a sweet trade or list him on the trade block. Also look at rest of season schedules to help assess the players involved. If you see a player struggling based on matchups because they have faced three top secondaries in four weeks, that owner might be looking to move on despite an easier schedule coming up. Take advantage of hot and cold players as owners will get frustrated and want to move on.
If you are relatively new to fantasy football and don’t want to be the new guy who gets taken advantage of, there are a few things to know. This tool can help you see the value you are sending away and getting in return. This will be the easy way to see the value in the trade. One of the major ways to see a newbie fantasy football owner is how quick they are to react to high performing and struggling players. That can be either dropping and adding from the team or starting and sitting them each week. Don’t overreact to performances and assess trades coming in. There will be other owners who throw out unfair offers to try and see your knowledge of fantasy football. Taking an early stance against it will set the tone for the league moving forward.
Trading In Dynasty Leagues
Trading in dynasty football is quite different from just standard re-draft season long leagues. In dynasty formats, you are playing a continuous roster each year, where the only draft is based off the rookies that are incoming. Now trades are going to occur in a similar fashion to real life, you are either building for the future, or trying to win now. Teams go through highs and lows just like real life teams. The idea of dynasty football is to emulate a way of how GMs run a football team. This is a little different from the other fantasy football formats, so there is more to think about in terms of building for a future. You can also trade picks in dynasty football, which is another major difference from season long trading.
There seems to be more of a bias for players in dynasty football, as they have an outlook of more than just 16 games over the course of one season. How will that player perform three years from now? Is this player going to have this high of a stock in a year from now? How will incoming players affect them next year? These are all questions dynasty owners ask themselves when evaluating trades and players overall. Owners will be looking for value in players where they are also trying to gauge markets for players. Buy low and sell high has a much larger meaning here as they look at the span of a few years over a handful of games.
Evaluating dynasty trades is a much larger picture and there is more to deal with. There are a few different ways you can go. There continues to be an infatuation with draft picks, even over already proven talent. Trading draft picks can be used to get solidified players already in roles, as a potential rebuilding team looks to build for the future with the hottest names coming out of college. You still want to evaluate strengths and weaknesses as mentioned above. The offseason is an active time to move pieces as owners will be looking to rebuild or try and gear up for a championship run.
A fantasy football trade is between two owners, where they are both looking to offload excess players at a singular position, and are trying to fill weaknesses on their roster. If a trade is accepted, it goes through a voting process by the league.
The standard voting period is going to be 48 hours. This is for the rest of the league to vote and approve or veto the trade to make sure it is deemed fair. Some leagues also have an instant trade process where it goes through right away.
Leagues will vote on a trade because they want to make sure that an unfair trade doesn’t go through. If a team is out of it or a team owner is inexperienced, there might be an unfair trade that needs to be disapproved.
Winning a trade for your fantasy team is about making your team stronger. That could be addressing a position weakness that you have, or it could also be getting players who have a better rest of the way schedule over the players you have.
A fair trade is going to be where two teams improve their team and address weaknesses that they have on their roster. This is usually a straight one for one or two for two trade where one player is not getting more of a return than the other.
The main sites do not have a system in place for three team trades, but some other sites that have more customization will offer it. You can submit individual trades on the main sites, but it will take a longer process to get all the pieces to each team.
Unless the trade has already been accepted, the trade can be cancelled. If the trade has already been accepted by the opposing owner, then the trade can’t be cancelled and will go through. Only way it won’t is if the commissioner intervenes.
Can You Trade During Fantasy Playoffs?
In most leagues there is a trade deadline in place and the rules in place are so you can’t trade in the fantasy playoffs. The reason for this is so teams don’t trade with teams already out of the playoffs creating unfair trades.
Yes, most leagues will have a trade deadline in place. These deadlines can vary depending on the league settings, but they will usually be in the last third of the season where they give the deadline before the fantasy football playoffs.