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April 29, 2013

Fantasy Freestyle

The Art of Trading

by Mike Gianella


I have a confession to make: In fantasy baseball, trading doesn’t come easily to me.

When I started playing fantasy baseball, I took to auctioning relatively quickly. While I enjoyed trading, I frequently wound up on the shorter side of the deal. In some cases, this was simply due to bad luck after the trade, but more often than not, it was because I did a poor job and negotiated myself into an inferior deal.

Through experience, I have become much better at trading than I used to be. It will never be my strength, but over the years I have developed a core philosophy when it comes to making deals that has turned me from a poor trader into an above-average one.

If you’re looking to improve your trading skills like I did, below are a few guidelines for embarking on that path. These guidelines won’t improve your trading game overnight, but they should help you become a capable wheeler-and-dealer in the long term.

Engage With Other Owners

Many years ago, this advice wouldn’t have been necessary. Way back in the days before fantasy (mostly) supplanted Rotisserie, league members would talk on the phone to one another or even meet in person now and again. E-mail eventually replaced the phone as the primary form of contact, but even then there was still a healthy rapport with most owners. If you spent an hour or two discussing baseball with another owner over the course of the regular season, you had a pretty solid idea of who he liked, who he didn’t like, and what kind of deals you might be able to make.

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