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Now that we’ve covered some basic trade types and how to handle them, it’s time to focus on the types of owners you’re likely to run into and the tactics that they will use to close a deal. They will either attempt to skew it in their favor, or stall for time. If you can recognize what the other owner is trying to do and counter it with the appropriate technique, you’ll find yourself far less likely to be on the losing end of a trade or left holding the bag while the other guy just closed a deal with someone else. You’re likely to notice that you do some of these things during your trade process as well. So this is an opportunity to see what might happen if you try out some of these moves.

The One Trade Pony

Who knows why this guy loves your one particular player so much. Maybe his kid has the same first name as your guy. Maybe they went to the same college. More than likely, you drafted them in a rookie draft the very pick before him and he’s still bitter about it. Every month during the offseason, and every other week during the season, this owner tries to get your guy. He doesn’t seem to get the hint that you like this guy and aren’t open to dealing him. In fact, he probably truly believes he is owed that player.

What are they trying to accomplish?

This guy wants your guy, and only that guy. No one else will do.

What should you do about it?

Are you as committed to this player as he is? Probably not. If so, hang on to him and continue to reject the offers and make jokes about this owner when he’s not around. If you’d deal them under the right circumstances, then you’re in the best trading position in fantasy football. This owner has shown his hand and will do a lot to get his guy. What should you do? Ask for a lot! Ask for everything you might want out of this owner and then some. You’re fairly likely to get it. Even if you don’t get everything you ask for, you’re going to get more value for that player than he is worth. Likely more than you would from any other owner. Ask for that first round pick…you never know what they’ll agree to until you try.

The Forum Dweller

He is quick to point out any trade in your league that didn’t conform to the values set on his favorite fantasy site. He knows more about what every player will do this year than you do (just ask him)! Trade offers are responded to with examples of similar trades in other leagues so that you can see why you didn’t give up enough. Any trade that isn’t what he would have done is a bad one in his mind.

What are they trying to accomplish?

Generally, this owner just wants you to know how much they know. They are only open to trades that would be considered a “win” for them if they posted it on a forum.

What should you do about it?

A lot of times you do nothing. You’re unlikely to come to a mutual understanding with this owner because they often ignore the quirks in your league’s roster. Not to mention the scoring setup that skew trade values from the “norm.” DeAndre Hopkins might command three middle of the first round rookie picks in one dynasty league, but yours starts six receivers and you’d be stupid to invest so much on one player in that setup. Explain once to them why you’re offering what you’re offering vs. what they’re asking for.  If they aren’t willing to rework the deal then move on. The only way to break this behavior is to let them be on the outside of trades looking in for a while.

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