My keeper league is quiet on the trade front; as you know the first two went down last week.
A lot of GMs in keeper pools usually do not make a deal early. They would like to evaluate their team and decide later on what moves are needed to make their club stronger.
Some GMs would say if you are sitting in first place, you don’t make moves.
However, a few things to consider:
– your players will all slow down at some point
– are you truly secure if someone gets injured?
– are any teams making big gains in the standings?
– are you talking to other GMs in general?
You did not invest all this time preparing for a draft, following players, watching games and reading fantasy website updates for nothing. Drafting a team and just crossing your fingers not only limits your chances of winning, it takes away all the fun.
I sit today in first place and have two deals done. I identified a weakness and addressed it. If I did not do those deals last week, my lead would be only 6 instead of 12 points today. I made these deals by chatting with other GMs and reviewing their teams, to make a fair deal you must speak to the opponent’s weakness as well.
A trade is easy in year to year; you do not have to care what happens in the off season. A trade in a keeper pool is a fine art; it requires days or weeks to work one out.
If your statistics site allows for a Trash Talk/Trade Rumors area, you can use this feature to spread the trade rumors or needs of your club.
I remind you that every keeper pool is different in league structure and rules. You should always have a firm grasp on what your opponents are thinking. Do not get attached to players and always take time to evaluate the deal before you accept or decline the offer.
A little hint: always explain the deal to the other GM and how you feel the deal benefits them as well as yourself. In other words, do not be afraid to explain why you are offering the deal.
One final word on trading: do not decline a deal with simply a “no,” as you owe the GM a reason. You can always counter the deal before declining.
Good Luck on Your Next Deal!
Posted by Trevor Fuchs