Andrew has had some great advice this week concerning pick-ups, drops, adds, starts, etc– really good advice, actually. But, what should you do if NONE of the people that you have targeted to add to your team are available or if your guy is bad, but every FA and waiver guy is just as bad? My answer: TRADE.
If you aren’t in last place in your league, it’s probably for a reason: the depth of your roster often determines your rank. This is true for the terrible teams with terrible records. If you need someone good, look no further than the bottom of your league, because, chances are, they know a lot less about football than you do. Figure out what they need, then offer them a big name player or the third guy on your depth chart– works almost every time.
For example: In one of my leagues, I’m in need of a TE. I bet big on Owen Daniels coming back this season, and, even though his hands are fantastic, his knees are just not what they used to. ENTER THE AWFUL TEAM. Through a series of counter offers, I am probably going to be sending him Felix Jones for Zach Miller. Sound bad? Miller has over 20 more fantasy points, is less injury prone, and is king on that depth chart; Jones is 1 of 3 great backs, is hurt all the time, and is having a Cowboy-like (read: AWFUL) season. Plus, let’s be honest: No TE should have more fantasy points than a starting RB. That, readers is disgraceful.
The point is this: Prey on the little people. Offer them hope, but only at great expense. If the waiver wire is looking bad, don’t despair: trade for the person you need.