@DonkeyTeeth 87 and I recently found out that our podcast, Ditka, Sausage, and Fantasy Sports, will now be hosted at Razzball! We are both very excited for this opportunity and are ready to start getting more great shows out to you all.

 “He who wishes to fight must first count the cost.”

When looking at trade possibilities, first look at your team and determine the needs of your roster.  The format that you play in and the build of your team can dictate whether a trade should be accepted or rejected more so than the player ‘values’.

When people ask trade questions on Twitter (@DitkaSausagePod), or via any other format, it’s easy to give the proverbial ‘in a vacuum’ answer. The truth is most trades are not simply about the players, but how their stats would improve your roster. Trades should address something your team is lacking, and ideally you address these weaknesses from a place of strength.

“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.”

 After you’ve evaluated the needs of your team, you must find a suitable trade partner. As I mentioned above, you want to deal from a place of strength to cover an area of weakness. Look at the standings and evaluate which teams match up with your team needs. Then determine which teams have a need for the asset(s) you are offering.

Having the right trade partner can be a big step towards completing a deal. Take a moment before sending a trade offer and put yourself in the other team’s shoes. How would you view the offer? Is it insulting? Does it help their roster?

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

In a perfect world, trades will help both teams equally. However, we know that fantasy baseball is not about being equal with your competition, it’s about being better than them and then holding it over them until the next season. I already mentioned you should understand your team needs before moving forward with trade negotiations. It can also be helpful to examine the standings and understand your best opportunity to move up in the standings.

As we get towards the end of the season in a roto league, a trade that helps a team below you can be a key piece to gaining ground on the team above you in the standings.  While we’d love to live in a fantasy world (no pun intended) where everyone in the league plays out the season, we know this isn’t always the case and sometimes the only way to hurt the team in front of you is to help the remaining active teams below you.

 
  1. Nathan says:
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    Leading my league and I find it impossible to trade with anyone unless I lose big time. Been using the ww but the league is very deep so it’s like grasping for straws. The worst thing is people picking up the pitchers I stream and just holding on to them! Ha oh well. Always a new arm out there…

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Nathan: First, congratulations on leading your league. People are hesitant to trade with the leading team, maybe in fear they hand them the title. It’ll likely be an overpay if you want to get a deal done. Just have to make sure that it will benefit your team overall and improve your place in the standings. Best of luck and thanks for reading the article. First podcast will be going up Monday!

  2. stayinhot says:
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    Looking forward to the podcast. I’m in a similar position as Nathan, I lead my 14 roto keeper league by 25 points. But QS, and SB will go a long way to deciding the league. I’ve been shopping Joey Gallo (it’s an Avg and OPS league) and I can’t get anything in return. Deshields was about the best offer. Very frustrating.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @stayinhot:Gallo is one of the most needs based players out there. If your intent on using him to improve your roster, I’d take a look at the teams that need the power and OPS. If they can take the hit in AVG, even better.

      • stayinhot says:
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        @B_Don: maybe I’ll hold him. Domingo Santana and Margot are on the wire. I’ll just try and get SAGNOF with matchups

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