My favorite thing about playing fantasy sports is trading. I am not sure if it is the rush of seeing the trade accepted or the excitement of bringing the new player over, but it is awesome to me. As those in leagues with me know I am constantly trying to make deals with anyone who will listen. As someone who does sales for a living I learned a long time ago that in order to get any deal done you have to be able to get three things in place.
- Right person
- Right value (money, players, etc.)
- Right time
If any of those things aren’t in line then the deal isn’t going to happen. As I was thinking about this the other day I realized there were some other trade dos and don’ts that would be valuable to share.
Do always respond to a trade offer
If someone takes the time to send you an offer over don’t just let it sit there for days/weeks on end. Do that person the courtesy of responding by rejecting with a note if you aren’t interested. Tell the other team why you didn’t accept. Maybe you don’t want to move that specific player or you don’t like the player they offered back. Most deals aren’t done on the first offer. If need be reach out to the person on The Wire and start a conversation. However, there is nothing worse than being left hanging by someone and it will lead to them not wanting to trade with you in the future.
Don’t be the guy who talks up the player you are trying to trade
Is there anything more annoying than a guy who is trying to trade you a player and that guy is the greatest of all time? It makes me wonder if he is so good then why are you in such a hurry to trade him. The other players in DSE are all smart, dedicated players and you aren’t going to convince them that Alred Morris is worth a 1st round pick in 2018 by telling them how he is going to return to the form of his first few years with the Redskins. I had a guy in one of my baseball leagues who was getting mad at me because I thought one of his players was overrated and wasn’t interested. He tried like heck to tell me how good he was and that he was about to come around. A week later the player was sent to Triple- A. It’s just a bad look and will make others not want to deal with you.
Do your research
Before you make an offer to another team take a few minutes and try to understand where their need areas might be. There is nothing worse than getting an offer that makes zero sense to your team. For example, I am rebuilding my team in d23 which is very obvious if you look at my roster. If someone were to offer me Tom Brady, while I think he is a great player, he wouldn’t fit my team at all. If you take the time to see what the other owner might want it will go a long way to being able to execute deals quicker and easier.
Don’t be the guy that agrees to a deal on The Wire and then renegs
To me, while I know it isn’t officially recognized by DSE, if you agree to a deal on The Wire it is an accepted trade. There is nothing more frustrating than to have a deal agreed to and then have the other owner reject the offer when it is sent over. If you aren’t sure you want to do the deal don’t say yes in the first place. The only way this would be acceptable is if one of the players in the deal gets injured while it is pending. I have had this happen and always offer the other owner the chance to rework the deal.
Don’t be the guy who thinks every player on his team is the bomb
Last year I was negotiating with a guy and he told me he wanted at least a 1st rounder for Devin Funchess. While I understand Funchess is young he had 23 catches for 371 yards last season, and in his two seasons combined doesn’t have 60 total catches or 900 career yards. Everyone has a guy like this in their league. They think their guys are just amazing no matter what. To me this is a defense mechanism against making a trade because they are afraid. They’re not sure how to value the players and figure they will put it where nobody will say yes and then they can’t make a bad deal. My advice to the people who do this is to use some of the resources available to help you. For example, sometimes I use DynastyFFToolbox’s Trade Calculator or the Dynasty Trade Calculator to help me get a value on a player. These are great tools to use to help you in your trades.
Do let your league know if a player is available
Are there times when someone comes in and makes an offer for a guy you weren’t planning to move that blows you away? Of course, but if you are going to shop Antonio Brown, post it on The Wire and let everyone know. I have seen many times where a deal goes down and I am thinking that I would have offered more for that player. Do yourself a favor and explore the market.
Don’t get mad at someone if they reject your offer
You can make someone the fairest offer in the history of fantasy football and they are under no obligation to accept it. While it is frustrating when this happens, it takes two to trade. Getting mad at the other party and telling them they are stupid or whatever is not going to help. Remember, in a Dynasty league you are going to be league mates with these people for a long time. Instead of getting mad send the person a note and ask why they didn’t want to make the deal. You never know what the reason might be and it could help you better understand that person for future negotiations.
In a DSE league if you need to make a payment to get a deal done do so quickly
With the way DSE is set up, oftentimes, in order for a trade to be put through at least one team needs to pay a deposit. If you are one of those teams do so in a timely fashion so the trade is not held up. If you are in a situation where making that payment is difficult then let the other owner know the timeline.
Don’t try and fleece the other side in every trade
As I mentioned above, you are going to be in these leagues with these people for a long time. If you get a reputation as a guy that only tries to rip off the other side it is going to make it very hard for you to make trades. Many years ago, I was in a league where everyone refused to trade with me. Not because I had done something wrong, but because they knew I knew more than them. They always felt any offer I made them was going to be a bad deal for them. In order to get a deal done in that league I had to give up more than market value. It made getting deals done very difficult. So be careful to keep a good reputation with the other teams in your league.
Don’t take an offer and shop it to the league
If you are negotiating with another owner those should stay between the two of you. Don’t take that offer to The Wire and tell the league hey Eric has offered Golden Tate for Julian Edelman anyone want to make a better offer? Feel free to let the league know you are willing to listen on a player and even that you have a good offer but don’t turn into Adam Schefter and leak your negotiations.
Most importantly don’t be the veto guy
There is nothing worse to me in any fantasy league than the guy that wants to veto every trade that doesn’t involve his team. In my opinion, no league should ever veto a trade unless it is clear and blatant cheating. David Johnson for Travis Cadet would be the level of blatantly unfair deal I’m talking about and would need to be to be disallowed. The idea behind fantasy is that it mirrors real life as much as possible and in real life GMs make dumb trades. Think of how it would work in the NFL if the Dolphins, Jets and Bills could vote to veto every deal the Patriots make. What the Patriots are getting Brandin Cooks quick hit the veto button. To me if an owner pays their league dues they have the right to run their team as they see fit. If you don’t agree that’s too bad you don’t have the right to tell them how to manage their team. When trades get vetoed it just makes the owners involved not want to trade anymore and lessens their enjoyment. While we all want to win remember these leagues are for fun and let others enjoy it as well.
The great thing about playing in DSE, or any fantasy league to me, is that not everyone sees players the same way. There are players that I value that others in my league think are hot garbage and that is fine. The fact that everyone does see things differently is what makes trades possible. If we all valued guys the same nobody would ever want to trade with one another. The most important rule for trading in any league you play in is to be respectful of the other owner no matter what. The best advice I can give about making trades is don’t be afraid to be wrong. If you are scared that a deal might come back and haunt you then you are never going to make trades. Like any transaction there is going to be risk involved and sometimes you will look like a genius. Other times you may look like a fool but you will never know unless you give it a shot.