Fantasy football: Byes and trade talk

With hindsight being 20/20, it becomes easy for a fantasy owner to ask him or herself why in the world he or she would have played Player X over Player Z. “If I would have started Player Z, I would have won!” can commonly be heard around the water cooler on Tuesdays.

Try not to get suckered into this school of thought. What most people fail to realize is that they decided to start Player X in the first place—and probably for good reasons.

Now that we are through the first four weeks of the season, bye weeks will start to factor into fantasy decisions. This is the heart of the schedule and allows the teams with better depth to get more wins.

This week, players from the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins will be out of action, so plan accordingly.

Now, what do you do if you are the owner of a struggling team?

My suggestion would be to make some roster moves: a combination of trades and waiver wire acquisitions.

For the primary positions, there will probably not be as many long-term fixtures lurking on the waiver wire. For these positions, I would try a trade.

A good strategy that I try to implement is taken straight from Wall Street: buy low and sell high. Maximize the returns you get by offering an average player who is coming off a monster game for a struggling superstar with an increasingly fantasy-friendly schedule.

Another good strategy to salvaging a lost season is to do a two-for-one deal.

Say you are the owner of multiple stud running backs, like Darren McFadden and Fred Jackson. Why not go ahead and trade Jackson for a duo like Felix Jones and AJ Green?

In this scenario, you gain a legitimate receiver but take a small hit at halfback. Just know the strengths and weaknesses of the other teams in your league.

Don’t be “that guy,” either, who makes absolutely absurd trades comparable to an upgrade from Rosie O’Donnell to Natalie Portman in the acting industry. Sorry, no one in their right mind would want to do that.

If you would not accept the trade you are proposing, do not propose the trade in the first place.

Lastly, if you are sitting at 1-3 or 0-4, do not toss the season away.

It is not fair to everyone else in your league for you to purposely throw games just because your team is underachieving.

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