Transaction Satisfaction: 2 Savvy Fantasy Football Moves

You don’t have to lie, cheat, or collude to win your fantasy football league.

When it comes to working the waiver wire and negotiating trades, winners adapt to the game by processing information quickly and acting decisively.  They usually have a few tricks up their sleeve too.

Here are two of the more savvy moves fantasy football owners can use to maximize the value of their weekly player transactions.

The Odd-Man-Out Maneuver

Anytime you’re trading away more players than you’re receiving your opponent will obviously have to drop enough players to level out his roster.

Fantasy owners on the shorter side of the deal should always know who their opponent intends on dropping.

While the answer may seem obvious, you never know what your opponent’s motives truly are.  Asking about the Odd-Man-Out can have a significant impact on the overall success of your fantasy football trades.

LeGarrette Blount could be the Odd-Man-Out this week. Don’t let him slip out of your grasp.

Here’s how:

1. You may want the Odd-Man-Out for yourself.  If your opponent plans on dropping someone, chances are they will have no problem sending them your way.  Some leagues will show you who your opponent plans on releasing.  If not, you need to ask.

2. You can prevent another opponent from easily filling a void in their lineup.  Making this move allows you to control when the Odd-Man-Out goes on / comes off waivers.

3. You can use the Odd-Man-Out as leverage in another trade.  Just because you and the current owner don’t need a player doesn’t mean he isn’t useful to someone else in your league. Use your peripherals.

4. You can have the owner you’re negotiating with drop their current Odd-Man-Out and pick up another free agent you’ve been targeting.  Your trading partner will then combine the new player along with the player(s) you’ve previously negotiated for in the final trade package.  This allows you to get the free agent you want as part of the deal rather than potentially losing out on him during your league’s trade review process.

Leverage The Leg

Kickers are kickers. That’s why we waited until the last round to draft one. It’s also why we’ve never carry more than one at any point during the season (including bye weeks).

Don’t let your opponents celebrate on the sidelines. There’s a logical reason for dropping Mason Crosby before Week 10.

Whenever your kicker is going to be on a bye, or you’re comfortable dropping the one you’ve got, I recommend releasing your current kicker so that you can use the extra roster space as a temporary spot for waiver claims and free agent acquisitions.

You can use this move as part of a simple blocking strategy (like the one discussed above) where your goal is to prevent your opponents from easily solving their injury and bye week problems through waiver claims and free agency.

Again, just because you don’t need an available player doesn’t mean he isn’t useful to another owner in your league.

You’re better off in the long run holding on to your backups and placing waiver claims on players with TD scoring upside instead of holding on to a kicker.

If you aren’t able to make a trade, carry the ‘non-kicker’ on your roster as long as possible, then make your move for a fresh leg.

Don’t worry about losing out on what you perceive to be the best available option at kicker that week.  I’m willing to bet that the kickers you pass up don’t average any more than 2 points per game more than the one you ultimately end up with.

Kickers are kickers.  Leverage the leg!

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