The Final Piece To The Puzzle
Sometimes you are so close to fantasy gold you can taste it, but you know you don’t quite have the firepower to get you over the hump. You’ve got Top 5 players at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, but you are streaming Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks and praying for anything out of the position each week. You need that last piece of the puzzle, even at the expense of your future. After all, winning the title is all that anyone will remember anyways.
Acquiring the final piece of the puzzle sets you up to take on the rest of the best without worrying about holes in your roster. If your gamble pays off, you’ve won your league.
This will probably be very expensive. Get ready to kiss your first-round picks for the next year or two goodbye.
You already know what you need and you have two options. Option 1 is to find the least expensive player who will fill the need. Rob Gronkowski feels like overkill, but you can probably take that title with Kyle Rudolph on your roster. Now you’re unlikely to be giving up multiple, or possibly any, first-round picks. The potential for disaster here is that if you don’t quite arm yourself well enough to finish the job then you have overpaid for second place. Secondly, it’s not as easy as picking the player you want and dropping off the necessary picks. You’ll have to take what you can get, which can mean a long time communicating with lots of other owners until you find a match. Option 2 is to go big or go home, which is why you’ve considered this kind of trade in the first place. Jordan Reed is both available and healthy? Get a blank check ready. I find that a first- and third-round pick combination lets the other know you’re serious, even if it’s not quite enough for them. Also, since that’s the exact compensation in the real NFL for signing a franchise player, owners seem to like that particular offer. At any rate, you want to get the ball rolling by sending a large enough offer that the other owner will even consider dumping their valuable asset. Try to find the Top 5-10 player at his position languishing on a team that isn’t destined for the playoffs. Often that owner is already looking at next year and wants to stockpile picks. Human nature means that even the lowly owner who hasn’t even sniffed the consolation bracket, upon learning of your interest, will try to squeeze you for the most he can possibly get. Be firm. If the price is too exorbitant, move on. LeSean McCoy will get the job done only slightly less effectively than Le’Veon Bell would have. Consider beforehand what the max you’re willing to put into this trade will be so that you won’t get caught with your pants down riding the emotional roller coaster that is fantasy football trading.
While these aren’t the only trade types that you will run into over the course of the season, they are some of the more common. I’ll be getting into more complicated trading scenarios and options as this series rolls on. Next time, though, we’ll be discussing communication with other owners. We will discuss effective ways to communicate with various owner types, and which owners to void altogether for effective and efficient trading. Good luck to you all as your drafts start coming up, and always be thinking about your next move!