Now that we are four weeks into the fantasy football season, you have a pretty good idea of what your team is and if you a realistic shot to make the playoffs.
To gear up for the next two-thirds of the season, you might want to pull off a trade or two to try and really strengthen your squad.
But you shouldn’t just make a trade for the sake of making a trade, right?
If you’re going to make a fantasy trade, you want it to be more beneficial to you than the person you’re trading with.
The trick is you have to make your trade partner feel just as good about the trade as you do.
To help you out, I’m going to share with you my personal system for making fantasy football trades.
And folks, I’ve never shared this with anyone before. Up until now I’ve kept this information closely guarded.
My Sheldon Super System to making fantasy football trades has been helping me win multiple fantasy leagues each season ever since I developed it.
Each year I tweak the system to achieve optimal results, and now I’ve going to reveal how it works to you.
So here it is folks, a little something I like to call the Sheldon Super System of Making Fantasy Trades!
Here are my once secret tips that could help you wheel and deal to the top of your league.
1. Top to Bottom Trades
Take a look at the teams at the bottom of the standings and try to trade your depth for a top player.
Odds are your potential trade partner has some good players, but his depth is most likely the cause of his teams poor performance.
Often times, these bottom teams are ready to shake things up and are open to trades in an effort to salvage their season.
Conversely, you can switch the script if you are that team at the bottom of the standings.
If that’s you, then you may want to think about trading a high profile player for 2-3 depth guys that can help your team now.
2. Today’s Bust is Tomorrow’s Stud
Scout your league for big name, high draft pick players that have under-performed so far this season.
I’ve had success trading for players like this at a steep discount because their current fantasy owners were impatient for them to live up to their draft status..
A perfect example of who to target would be someone like RB Eddie Lacy.
Lacy was drafted top 5 in most leagues but has had a poor start to the season. Whoever owns him in your league just might be open to a trade.
3. Say Bye Bye
Now that bye weeks are here, you may be able to trade for a player at a slight discount because he is on a bye if you can afford to stash him that week.
You most likely won’t be able to get too much of an upgrade but it doesn’t hurt to look around.
4. Flip Your Waiver Pickups
If you made a surprise waiver wire pickup that has been killing it, like New York Giants TE Larry Donnell or Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr., it might be time to trade him away while he has the most value.
5. Look to the Playoffs
If you think your team is primed for a playoff run, it’s never too early to look at potential playoff match-ups.
For example if your quarterback is Colin Kaepernick, you will notice he’s going up against Seattle’s defense in Week 13 and Week 15.
It shouldn’t go unnoticed that this is right at the end of the season and into the playoffs.
You may want trade him now to someone in need of a QB if you have a solid backup. Another idea is to trade him in a package where you get a slightly lesser QB in return with better playoff match-ups and maybe upgrade another position at the same time.
Use this same tactic with any of your players who have tough end of season and playoff match-ups.
6. Be a Fantasy Agent
If you’re like me, you’re always talking about your fantasy football team with your friends and co-workers.
If you really want to make the best trades possible, you have to act like you are the agent of your players and SELL SELL SELL!!
Talk your players up while you’re around people in your league if you have interest in one of their players….but don’t overdo it.
Another tactic I use is to fabricate trades that I did in my other leagues involving the player I want.
I desperately want to trade for Dallas RB Demarco Murray in one of my leagues, so I have started to mention his injury history to his current owner.
I came up with a story and told my potential trade partner that in my other fantasy league I myself had traded Murray away while he’s killing it so I could get amazing value before he inevitably gets hurt.
I’ve been throwing out subtle comments like there is no way he can carry the load like this all season so now is the time to deal him.
Now I’m going to kick back and wait a week or two hoping Murray has an off game and then try to offer an intriguing trade for Murray.
If your trade partner wonders why you want him so badly after you’ve spent the fast few weeks talking him down just act desperate and say something along the lines of “I need to do something, even if I will most likely regret it”.
Try and spin it like you are doing him a favor!
7. Let Me Put on Your Shoes Test
What is this you ask?
Well when I am going to make a trade I will put all the pieces together and then I will look at it while putting myself in the other teams shoes.
The worst thing you can do is offer a bad trade that completely turns the other guy away. Odds are even if your next trade offer is legit he might not consider it because you initially tried to screw him over.
I always know when I make a good offer because it usually takes me a few minutes to hit SEND OFFER!
The Sheldon Super System in Action
Does the Sheldon Super System really work? You bet it does!
Here is a trade that I just completed using tips 1 and 2 from above.
In this league, I’m currently towards the top of the standings at 3-1 and the team I want to trade with is 0-4 and at the at the bottom of the standings.
Looking at his team it looks like he is in need of a RB. He does have Demarco Murray but the rest of his RB’s are so-so guy’s like Donald Brown, Steven Ridley and Fred Jackson.
I also noticed that he is pretty solid at WR with K. Benjamin, B. Cooks, K. Allen, D.Thomas, J.Hunter and M. Sanu.
After careful consideration to the Sheldon Super System, I offered:
RB R. Jennings, WR J. Gordon and WR T. Williams
WR D. Thomas and WR B. Cooks
And minutes later the trade was accepted, woo-hoo!
Jennings has been great so far in this young season but he is one of those guys that have never done it for a full season so getting rid of him now ensures I get the most value in return.
I also traded away Josh Gordon who is currently serving up a 10 game suspension and will not be back until week 12 and is one more screw up away from getting another suspension.
The last guy I traded was Dallas WR Terrance Williams who has 4 TD’s through 4 weeks and has carved out a nice role in the Dallas offense but he is a touchdown reliant WR so he won’t get you many yards.
So like Jennings I am trading Williams away while he is at his top value.
In return, I received Denver WR Demaryius Thomas and New Orleans WR Brandin Cooks.
Using tip #2 I went for a top 5 WR that has under-performed so far and was able to snag him as well as a high-upside rookie in Cooks.
I should note that this is a keeper league where I must keep one rookie so getting Cooks solidifies that position.
Now my starting WR core is made up of Calvin Johnson, AJ Green and Demaryius Thomas! Can’t do much better than that!
Well there you have it folks, the Sheldon Super System of Fantasy Trades.
Hopefully some of these tips will help you swing a deal or two that puts your team in prime position for a playoff run and hopefully a championship!