Trader’s Corner: Superstar Swapmeet

This week saw the likes of Trevor Story, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Donaldson, Drew Smyly, and Jose Abreu changing hands frequently. Lots of big names got moved in some mega-deals. There are also a couple of multi-part questions to ponder.

I will forego a long introduction and save my thoughts for commentary on the individual trades below.

You can join in the action two ways: 1) Vote on these trades to make your opinion count. 2) Submit your own trades for us to vote on in the next Trader’s Corner. Use the form below to submit your trade.

Vote for the players you would rather have.

Let’s kick off the action with a trade I made with D.J. Short of Rotoworld in the TDGX experts’ league this week. It is a 20 team 5×5 dynasty with 30 MLB and 10 MiLB rosters.

Chapman is an Athletics slugger ripping AA to shreds. Continue reading

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Trader’s Corner: The Beat Goes on

Other than winning piles of cash, trading is the most exciting part of playing fantasy baseball. When you make that epic trade in your league it is always fun to see how other people think you did. Here is your chance to both share your triumphs and register your vote on other peoples’ deals.

The big movers this week were Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Why are the Cubs being dealt so often? Other players involved in multiple deals are Yasiel Puig, Josh Donaldson and Carlos Carrasco. Lucas Giolito has been dealt quite a bit as well. I guess owners are worried about the top pitching prospect’s poor start to the season.

Recent weeks saw a lot of trades involving Carlos Correa, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper but that action has cooled off. I guess anyone who was willing to let go of those superstars has already been deprived of their services.

You can join in the action two ways: 1) Vote on these trades to make your opinion count. 2) Submit your own trades for us to vote on in the next Trader’s Corner. Use the form below to submit your trade.

Vote for the players you would rather have.

“J” sent in this whopper of a trade from his 14 team, OPS league with 45 man rosters.: Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Fast and Furious

Our readers are really enjoying the feedback they get when we vote on their trades. There were so many trades sent in this week that I am not going to waste much space on an introduction. I will give some commentary on each trade. Let’s dive right in.

The big movers this week were Paul Goldshmidt, Max Scherzer and Andrew Benintendi. Each of them changed hands several times.

You can join in the action two ways: 1) Vote on these trades to make your opinion count. 2) Submit your own trades for us to vote on in the next Trader’s Corner. Use the form below to submit your trade.

Vote for the players you would rather have.

Jason sent this one in: “I’m in a 14 team dynasty league with 30 roster spots. This was a trade that ended up getting vetoed because it was determined to be too unfair. It caught me off guard so I’d like to get your opinion.” Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Shut Your Hole

We are three weeks into the season now. Chances are you already know what your team’s biggest hole is by now. It may not have been so obvious before the season started, but now that each MLB team has played 20 games it is apparent which players are going to get to play and which are going to ride the pine.  We know who the big breakout players are (Trevor Story, Vincent Velasquez, Aledmys Diaz, Eugenio Suarez, Drew Smyly). The flukes have started to fade (Jeremy Hazelbaker). The bounceback players have bounced back (Wil Myers, Jay Bruce, Dexter Fowler, Mat Latos, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Moore). And some stars have already signed up for long stints on the Disabled List (Kyle Schwarber, Carlos Carrasco, A.J. Pollock).

If your team has a gaping hole in your starting lineup then shut it! Don’t delay. Every week you wait means critical production from that slot will be lost. Most fantasy leagues end up being close at the end. You don’t want to finish a close second in October and come to the realization that if you had just plugged that glaring weakness a bit earlier you would have won. Be aggressive. Find a trade partner that can help you optimize your lineup for maximum production all season long. Don’t wait until it’s too late. The season will move more quickly than you think.

Let’s take a look at some teams who are shutting their holes. Lots of good trades to vote on this week. Addison Russell is Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Your Trades, Your Votes

This week I will skip the long introduction and add some commentary on each trade instead. We’ve got all sorts of trades in all sorts of leagues this week. Let’s get straight into the action…

You can join in the action two ways: 1) Vote on these trades to make your opinion count. 2) Submit your own trades for us to vote on in the next Trader’s Corner. Use the form below to submit your trade.

Vote for the players you would rather have.

Pudge plays in an 18 team dynasty league and wants our opinion:

Is it just me or is Hunter Pence an underrated fantasy star every single season? He is the type of guy who doesn’t stand out in any category but contributes above-average numbers in all of them. Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Impact is Imminent

This week saw a lot of elite talent change hands in our readers’ dynasty leagues. Apparently this is a good time of year to go after some 1st-round studs. May this be a valuable reminder that if you want to add top-tier talent to your team in a dynasty league you must trade for it. You can’t jumpstart your dynasty team in the draft or by picking up players off the waiver wire. Star players are not available in dynasty league drafts. Prospect draft picks take forever to pay off and are extremely risky. You won’t find much help on the waiver wire either. To win a dynasty league you need multiple superstar players. The only way to gather those players is via trade. One thing all top fantasy team owners have in common is that they make a lot of trades. If you want to win you need to do some wheelin’ and dealin’.

Almost all of this week’s trades involved premium players that will make a big impact on any fantasy league. These are the guys you want. Many of these trades were made between rebuilding teams and contenders. In dynasty leagues the most common type of trade is a prospects-for-veterans deal. This week we also saw a high number of star-for-star trades. Check them out and place your votes… Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Time to Make the Donuts

If you want to win your league (who doesn’t?) you better get up early and make the donuts. What I mean by that is you need to fix the holes in your team at the beginning of the season. Don’t wait until your team starts sliding down the standings to repair the deficiencies. The season is just starting. Opening Day is here and everyone in your league is paying attention to their teams. This is the best time of year to make trades because everyone is still excited about their teams. As the season rolls along some owners in your league will lose interest as they realize they are not going to win. You are more likely to succesfully negotiate a trade now than in the dog days of summer. The more opportunities you have to improve your team the better right? Don’t squander this opportunity. If you are a smart trader (and you should be if you read this site regularly) then the more donuts trades you make the better your team will be. Opening Week is Trading Week. Make the donuts!

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Trader’s Corner: Everybody Wants Xander Bogaerts

We had lots of trades submitted this week by our readers. The big mover was Xander Bogaerts but his price was steep. If you own a great young player like the Red Sox shortstop or perhaps Manny Machado this might be the best time of year to trade them. Right now there are likely lots of teams in your league who feel they have a chance to win the championship this year. After the season starts some of those teams will begin their descent down the standings as they fall out of contention. Those teams will no longer be buyers and will quickly become sellers. The time to sell is when the number of buyers is highest and the number of sellers is lowest. That time is now! If you already know you will not win your league this year it is wise to start selling right now to get the players you feel will help you climb to the top of the pack the quickest.

There are some ithough-provoking deals below. I also pose you a question about trade vetoes.

You can join in the action two ways: 1) Vote on these trades to make your opinion count. 2) Submit your own trades for us to vote on in the next Trader’s Corner. Use the form below to submit your trade.

Vote for the players you would rather have.

Taylor Funk submitted this trade from his 5×5 league with contracts:

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Trader’s Corner: TDGX Trading Frenzy

Longtime readers will be aware that TDGX is The Dynasty Guru Experts League. The league is a dynasty of course, and filled with team owners who are writers at all the best fantasy baseball websites on the Internet. We are entering the third season of the league and just recently concluded our First Year Player Draft. Stay tuned in upcoming days for plenty of TDGX draft coverage in these pages as we go in depth on the players we drafted and why we chose them. You can follow the league on Twitter with the hashtag #TDGX.

Today we will look at a flurry of trades that took place in TDGX. We saw a lot of prospects change hands as teams retooled for the future. In a 20 team league you have more rebuilding teams than “go for it now” contending teams. That has the effect of driving up the value and hence the price of  premium prospects and young major leaguers. Let’s dive right into the trading action. You get to vote on which side won the trade.

You can join in the action two ways: 1) Vote on these trades to make your opinion count. 2) Submit your own trades for us to vote on in the next Trader’s Corner. Use the form below to submit your trade.

Lots of stars and top prospects got dealt in recent weeks in TDGX. As you go down the list the trades get bigger and  heavier. Vote for the group of players you would rather have in this style of league.

TDGX is a 2o team 5×5 roto league with 30 major leaguers and 10 minor leaguers.

The team owned by Tim McLeod and Ian Kahn have won the championship the first two seasons:

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Trader’s Corner: Sell the Farm for a Ring

This time of year we are seeing lots of “win now” trades in which contending teams in tight races are desperate enough to unload top prospects for older veterans to make a strong push for this year’s championship. In other trades we are seeing some teams sell the farm to get one big stud like Bryce Harper or Kris Bryant. I think there are more superstar-level players changing hands than we have seen in prior Trader’s Corner columns. If you want to acquire a player like that you better be ready to give up some elite young players.

By the way, use the form just above the comments section at the bottom of the page to submit your trades for us to vote on next week. Send in any interesting trades from your leagues so we can judge them! Now it is time to put some real fantasy trades to the test to find out if the trades were good or bad.

Time to Vote: (As always, vote for the players you would rather have…)

A reader named Doug submitted this trade for our review. It came in a 12 team dynasty league: Continue reading