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May 15, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

The Middle of the Road

by Wilson Karaman


As a wise fellow named “Rowdy” Roddy Piper once said, the middle of the road’s the most dangerous place to drive. And this philosophical nugget is astute indeed when it comes to fantasy baseball, particularly for managers in keeper leagues. May is moving month. You’ve had some time now to see how your squad looks in uniform and analyze early returns, and you should have a decent handle by now on your strengths and weaknesses relative to the league. A picture is hopefully starting to emerge as to whether you’ve got the foundation in place to compete this year. And now is the time to take those next steps and craft your strategies to acquire the pieces you’ll need to push you over the top or set you on a course for contention next year.

…except what if a picture hasn’t started to emerge? What if you’re stuck in that grey area between contending and pretending? And worse yet, what if others in your league have already started wheeling and dealing to address their own needs? It’s a tough spot to find yourself in, and failing to handle the situation properly can have dire consequences that alter the trajectory of your franchise for several years to come. So for the sake of avoiding catastrophe, let’s take a deep breath together and break down what you should and should not do next.

Don’t Panic
Nothing good ever comes of panicking. Usually, something very bad comes of panicking. If you jerk your knee and send your best player(s) to a competitor because it’s the thing that everyone else seems to be doing, chances are you’re doing it wrong. While it’s true that you’re going to need to act at some point it is of critical importance to avoid reactive decisions. In re-draft leagues fortune will generally favor the bold. There’s no next year to wait for, and regardless if you’re struggling or thriving out of the gate you’ll need to be decisive early and often in acquiring players for whom you project greener pastures ahead than the ones currently on your squad. But in dynasty and keeper leagues there’s generally a very finite window where trading your best players away makes sense. In order to get full value from a contending team looking to upgrade you need to move players early enough that the acquiring team will benefit from as much of the players’ statistical output as possible. And usually it is t

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