BY JAMES HUNT – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
Hi there fellow NFL fantasy owners. As I’m sure you’re aware, most NFL Fantasy leagues are coming up to their trade deadlines. So this week I wanted to share a few thoughts for those looking to improve their team via the trade route. As usual, Fan Fuel encourages you to play along, so if you have any hot tips on how to get ahead at the deadline, please, share away!
1. Make sure that your trade offer makes a smidgeon of sense for the other guy too.
Look at your trading partners roster and check out his or her needs. Put yourself in the other owners shoes and ask yourself a simple question “Would I do this deal?” If the answer is no, then the odds are a trade offer like this is a waste of everyone’s time. That said, the worst they can do is say no!
2. Plan ahead.
For those just trying to scrape into the playoffs, don’t just look at the stats of your targeted players. Look at their upcoming matchups. It’s all about the matchups. For those sitting pretty just waiting for the playoffs, do the same thing, except concentrate specifically on your playoff weeks. If your targeted player has two nice matchups in the three playoff weeks, then go for it. If not, you might consider a different option.
3. Don’t be afraid to move some of your bench people.
Sure, you always have to consider injuries, but if you really want a specific starter, you might HAVE to trade away a few of those safety net players you have been hanging on to for too long. Bottom line, if you are like me and you are trying to win the title, take a few chances. At the end of the day, it matters not how nice your bench looks.
Every year there are one or two ELITE teams that couldn’t give a rat’s butt about Fantasy Football and they sit some of their star players to rest them up for THEIR playoffs (the nerve!!!). Luckily there aren’t many teams running away this year and the odds are, most players should be good to go during OUR playoffs, but keep this in mind (at 8-1, Houston and Atlanta might be guilty parties down the road).
5. Finally as mentioned earlier, Fantasy Football is mostly about matchups.
Sure, there are certain players you ALWAYS play no matter what, but if you want to win consistently and you want to win a title, matchups are MASSIVELY important. Check out EACH and EVERY player on your roster and then check out EACH and EVERY game they play from now until week 16. Consider the opposition , consider home field advantage and consider the WEATHER! If any of your players are used to playing INDOORS and then they find themselves playing in the snow and the mud in weeks 14 through 16, you might have a problem on your hands.
Good luck to my fellow Fantasy Players the rest of the way!
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