In order to have success in fantasy football you have to be fundamentally sound and aware of how to trade with owners in your league. Sometimes this is easier said then done. Depending on the type of league that you are playing in it is essential to have a good relationship with fellow owners. The goal of any one trade is to receive value for both parties. What each person considers valuable is subjectable to the wants and needs of their team.
My advice has always been to keep a running dialogue with guys in your league. It makes it easier for them to want to work out a deal because they trust you aren’t trying to take advantage of them. Never just blast offers especially if they appear to be one sided. I’ve learned this from personal experience. You can easily offend other owners this way. When you do this they will want nothing to do with you and they will think you are angle shooting them. Communication is the perfect tool to get a deal done. Trades in fantasy football just like the NFL do not happen in seconds. There is a process.
When you are negotiating it is important that you sell the benefits of what you are offering to your counterpart. You have players that are over performing it is the perfect time to maximize their value to your team by moving them especially when you have needs in different categories. These guys rarely outperform for a whole season. It comes in bunches. You were lucky enough to have them for a portion of that big surge now it’s time to get something in return. You do this by showing the interested owner on how this guy has been playing. Never sell the guy on the future. Sell them on what they’ve been up to in the past week or past two weeks. People are fascinated by the “it” thing of the moment and they will pay for it if they think their team will be better because of it. You have to plant that seed.
What you are seeking in return should always fill holes in your roster. It’s important to not downplay their players that you want but convince them that they’ve got a lot of pieces that are already in place that you can manage without this or that player.
In the end you have to be flexible and the trade has to provide value to both parties but it is important to sell the value of your outperformer so it makes it look like the owner is getting a steal of a deal when in fact its actually win-win.
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