Tank member, gridguru, wrote a fantastic ‘The Art of the Deal’ article many moons ago and it correctly gets bumped up every August. For methods on how to go about handling the deal, please refer to that article. I will focus more on the execution of the deal
#1) Focus on your team depth, identify your strength. This is a crucial step as you will be using this depth to upgrade another position. In most of my team’s cases, it’s QB. I targeted Matt Stafford in all of my leagues and was successful in obtaining him. However, he is my backup to Tom Brady, Tony Romo, and Michael Vick respectively. Now, I’m hesitant to trade Stafford in my Romo and Vick owned leagues because both of them got banged up in Week 2 and in Romo’s case most of his primary weapons are hurt too. However, Brady looks to be well on his way to a super star season. Stafford would best benefit that team by upgrading another piece of it, especially because I was successful in obtaining Sam Bradford as my 3rd quarterback.
#2) Identify opposing teams with a weakness at your position of strength. In my case, being the Brady, Stafford, and Bradford owner I am going to be looking for teams that drafted Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub, ,Tony Romo, and those that went the ‘value’ route and did not connect on Cam Newton or Ryan Fitzpatrick. These are the teams you will be negotiating with, by limiting the pool of potential suitors you will be more effective in working with them to complete a deal that makes both parties happy.
#3) Identify your weakness and see if one of the teams identified above is strong at that position. If there’s a qualifier then do not even bother with the others you identified above because the motivation will be there on both sides to get something done, which both greatly increases your chances of completing a deal and minimizes the amount of time you must spend to complete it so you can get back to doing what your employer pays you to do 😉 In my case, I have some wide receiver problems as my starting lineup of Larry Fitzgerald, Wes Welker, Jordy Nelson, and Mario Manningham (we can start 4 wide receivers) is solid but I have major depth issues due to Peyton Manning‘s injury as my backups are Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. Speaking of Manning, the team that drafted Manning backed him up with Josh Freeman (who has looked abysmal), but he also drafted Vincent Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith, and Kenny Britt.
#4) If you don’t have a qualifier for the above begin negotiations with all teams identified in #2 and figure out which teams are more concerned with fixing their problem (in my case QB) at the expense of another position. Since I’ve already finalized my Stafford deal I didn’t bother with this step, but for example purposes I would’ve gone hardest after the Freeman/Eli owner who has a WR stable of Greg Jennings, DeSean Jackson, Stevie Johnson, and Anquan Boldin. I believe a Stafford and Marshall or Manningham for Jennings would have been a strong possibility.
#5) Execute the deal, it shouldn’t be too great of a surprise that it did not take long for this deal to get done, I gave Matt Stafford and Mario Manningham and received Maclin in return. It’s a great deal for him as he’s getting tremendous value for a guy that fell that should not have fallen so far but did due to questions about his health and in return he gets a slight downgrade at receiver and a huge upgrade at quarterback. I also benefit as I used my position of strength to improve significantly at wide receiver and also open up a roster spot so I can use a waiver claim on one of the many wide receivers people will be gunning for this week. This is another very important piece to the 2 for 1 deal, being able to add another piece to the puzzle. At this early stage in the season there is still plenty of time to find that gem on waivers. I don’t know who I am going to end up with when all is said and done, but at least one of Eric Decker, Denarius Moore, and AJ Green will instantly upgrade my new found depth.
To summarize the above I’m going to use an example from another one of my teams, see below
#3) Identify your weakness and see if one of the teams identified above is strong at that position. My current wide receivers – Brandon Marshall, Mario Manningham, Austin Collie, and Jordy Nelson (start 2 or 3). The above owner’s current wide receivers – Roddy White, Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, and Brandon Lloyd.
The new found roster spot will be used on another runningback, claims are going in for Darren Sproles and Tashard Choice but if I don’t get either all three of my remaining options have viable handcuffs too.
Use the above steps in evaluating your team and you will find ways to upgrade your team and also find a satisfied trade partner that will want to do business with you again if opportunity knocks.