Another tool many fantasy football owners like to have at their disposal is the fantasy football trade analyzer. If your league is like my league, you’ll get a lot of trade offers over the course of the season.
You don’t have a staff of scouts and coaches to advise you on these decisions, but you might want a second opinion before you sign off on a trade. This is where you’d normally be talking to one of your sports watching buddies, but your best football friends tend to be your competitors.
In this case, you need an outside opinion, whether it’s a person or online tool, to give you some perspective.
You might think this is all a bit much to analyze one simple trade or trade offer, but I can think of several reasons why you might want to run an offer through a trade analyzer before you say “yes” or “no”, or post your thoughts about the trades of other competitors in your league. Below are some reasons to use a fantasy football trade analysis tool.
- To Confirm It’s a Bad Offer
- To Confirm It’s a Good Trade
- To Check for Injuries and Other News
- To Strengthen Your Argument When You Offer
- To Get an Opinion before You Accuse Others of Cheating
- To See Analysis before You Approve or Veto a Trade (for commissioners)
Bad Trade Offers
In my experience, you should decline most fantasy football trade offers you receive. I’m not saying you shouldn’t trade. In fact, I tell owners that most champions make a good trade at some point. You don’t have to have one, but unless you draft a perfectly balanced team, trades help you turn depth at one position into excellence at another position. So I’m not saying you shouldn’t trade, but you should be leery of trade offers.
When someone make you a trade proposal, they’re looking at the trade first and foremost from the perspective of their team. They might be dealing in good faith and might be making a good enough offer they think you might take it. But they’re just as likely to care less about all that, hope you have a brain freeze, and click approve. Most trade offers I get, I make up my mind within 5 seconds to reject it, because it does nothing for my team.
If you’re new to the game, you might be so comfortable saying no. You’ll notice a social aspect to trade offers, especially if teams don’t make them to you often. You want to let them down lightly, or at least consider it from every angle. If you’re uncertain or if you need confirmation it’s a bad trade proposal for your team, the trade analyzer helps with that.
Confirming a Good Trade Offer
Sometimes, you’ll get a trade offer that seems good–perhaps too good. Alarms might go off, because someone makes an offer and you think it’s too generous. In these cases, I immediately run off to the check the fantasy football news sites and see whether an injury has happened to the player the other team wants to trade. If not an injury, then perhaps a shakeup in the lineup has happened. Even if the player being offered is in perfect health, their quarterback might have gotten hurt or their schedule is about to turn extremely difficult.
It’s called “doing your due diligence”. When you get an offer, you want to check the news and analyze why the other team wants to make this trade. The trade analyzer helps you in this analysis.
Strengthening Your Argument
The trade analyzer helps to strengthen your argument for a trade in two circumstances: when you’re trying to sell one of your offers and when you are defending your trade to the league court. In the first court, I like to point out to the people I make a trade offer to why the proposal makes sense for their team. I do this to let them see I’m not up to anything funny and I’ve tried to analyse from their point-of-view, not so much to point out the obvious. It’s called trying to make a sell.
In the second case, certain trades are going to meet resistance from third parties in the league–especially other playoff contenders. Imagine you’re in a playoff chase and you suddenly pull of a trade coup where you upgrade your running back position by trading your third receiver, your backup quarterback, and a somewhat lesser running back. If your starting lineup gets better immediately, other contenders might take exception to the trade. Running the trade through a trade analyzer gives you an outside resource to cite when defending the trade to the assembled league (usually on the league message board).
Getting a Second Opinion
This is the opposite of the last example. Sometimes, a rival of yours pulls off the coup and you think something is fishy. Before you go off half-cocked and accuse the trade partners of collusion and cheating, running the trade through an analyzer is a good idea to get some perspective. Sometimes, your own selfish ambitions can warp your opinions a little bit, so the trade analyzer is a reality check.
When you call out somebody on a trade, it’s going to get ugly, no matter what. You’re basically accusing the people of either cheating or being stupid, and they aren’t going to like it either way. So you want to be certain before you start a controversy. I’ve seen many people go on forums to get confirmation in these cases, and the trade analyzer is an additional way to bring in an outside opinion.
League Commissioner – Approve or Veto
The most important use of the trade analyzer might be when you’re playing the role of commissioner with trade veto powers or when you serve on a trade committee with veto powers over trades. In this case, not only are you analyzing to give your opinion or make a trade, but your decisions affect the two teams involved directly and all teams in the league indirectly. You want to be certain you’re competitiveness isn’t getting in the way of a rational decision.
Fantasy Football Trade Talk
I see many owners go onto fantasy football forum message boards to ask what other owners think about their trades. Many ff communities actually have boards that let you get advice. Unfortunately, unless you go on the site often and spend time getting to know the people advising you, you might not trust some nobody to give you advice. You probably don’t have time to look through their posts to see if they’re rational, seem to know their stuff, or even marginally sane. Like any other forum on the Internet, some of the loudest people posting are the ones who know the least about the subject, and only want to build up post counts because that’s part of their identity. Many online communities have trolls that say things to get a reaction, even if they don’t believe what they say.
So while getting advice from a fantasy football community can be helpful, it might not be the end-all you would hope it is. Sometimes, having a less biased tool make rational decisions helps, especially if it’s a good trade analyzer.
Last Edit: March 10, 2014