The Fantasy Files: 10 Things I Know, I Think, I Doubt
I recently pulled off a six-player trade in one of my leagues. It looked like this:
(I know what you’re thinking, and don’t worry…Andy Dalton is not my new starting QB; I have Jay Cutler)
My trade-partner and I named this the “Underachiever Trade.” Why? Well, it’s pretty obvious. Other than Andy Dalton, who really carries no fantasy expectations, every player in the trade has underachieved this year, leaving owners hoping for the best but realizing the worst.
For my friend, Tom Brady is the key piece to the deal, as he hopes Brady can become the Brady of old and lead his fantasy team to the playoffs. For me, the cornerstone of the deal was found in Eddie Lacy and Alshon Jeffery, as the underperformances of LeSean McCoy and Vincent Jackson have left my team aching.
This season has seen its fair share of underachievers. Players who were drafted in the first 2 rounds now teeter between flex-plays and bench players. As you get late into the season, don’t be afraid to take a chance and try to improve your team. Are you loaded with RBs? See if you can trade a guy like Doug Martin for Torrey Smith. Loaded in WRs? Perhaps you can unload Reggie Wayne for Joique Bell.
Don’t be afraid to make a bold move to help your team. You may like the fact that you have both Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers, but it’s not doing you any good if your team consistently struggles because of lack of RB performance.
Talk with other owners in the league. Find an owner whose weaknesses match your strengths and vice versa. Make a deal and survive another day.