Fantasy Baseball Round Table: Trading between contenders and non-contenders

by Todd Zola, MastersBall.com on August 1, 2012 @ 16:30:00 PDT

 

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Greg Ambrosius

This should be called the Michael Brown Discussion because I swear Michael won 3 AL LABR titles because he bugged the heck out of everyone to trade with him daily. Eventually you just made a deal with him to get him away. But he traded from first or second or last and he traded with first, second and last, just like every team should.

I hear what Cory is saying and it makes sense, but in these leagues you better be aggressive and you better not feel sorry for anyone or you'll finish out of the money which in these leagues is anything BELOW FIRST PLACE!!!

I'm with Rick; we're trading from first place and watching all of the other potential trades that could benefit teams below us and being ready for everything and in the NL we are ready to trade to move up from 10th to 5th if it helps us. It's up to the top teams to anticipate everything and react BEFORE you have to say "Oh crap."

Ron Shandler

When someone approaches me with a trade, I don't care to see where he is in the standings. It's completely irrelevant to me. I'm only concerned with the potential gains to my own team - because we can't predict the future well enough to know the real impact anyway.

Doug Anderson

To Cory's point of virtue of inaction, isn't inaction the LAST thing we want in our fantasy leagues? Don't we always complain about guys who lose interest when their team falls out of contention? As long as a team is ACTIVELY trying to improve their standing in the league, I believe there are no circumstances where that owner should hold back. Encouraging inactivity seems like a pretty dubious practice.

Lord Zola's Wrap-up

First off, a hearty thanks to my industry brethren for taking time out of monitoring and analyzing the deadline deals to contribute to this discussion. Your candidness is very much appreciated.

It's almost scary how much I mirror Cory's philosophy in this discussion.

While I am as prideful and competitive as anyone in the discussion, my moving from 10th to seventh is not as "important" as the fourth-place team leaping over the three in front to take the championship.

My conundrum is the final point we discussed - doing nothing is in fact doing something.

So I am deciding which something I want to do.

- Make trades so long as my team is positively influenced even if it impacts the top of the standings

- Do not make trades but run the risk of having my inaction also impact the top of the standings.

Honestly? My lean is still the latter.

But here's the deal. We all play in leagues where we vote on rules and while you may not agree with a rule, you follow it. While this topic is not a rule, it is a rule of thumb. As such, since it is obvious (at least using the respondents as the sample) that more Tout and LABR participants favor dealing regardless of placement, I am beginning to feel more comfortable making such a deal, even if it is against my philosophy.

Something that is conspicuous by its absence is how you, the general public, feels about this issue. I don't mean your personal philosophy; I mean what do you prefer to occur in industry leagues such as Tout Wars and LABR? Playing in a public league, should I have entertained the trade offer that precipitated this soiree? Please send your opinion to lordzola@kffl.com and you might be a guest Knight in next week's Fantasy Baseball Round Table.

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Something that is conspicuous by its absence is how you, the general public, feels about this issue. I don't mean your personal philosophy; I mean what do you prefer to occur in industry leagues such as Tout Wars and LABR? Playing in a public league, should I have entertained the trade offer that precipitated this soiree? Please send your opinion to lordzola@kffl.com and you might be a guest Knight in next week's Fantasy Baseball Round Table.

About Todd Zola, MastersBall.com

Focusing primarily on the science of player valuation and game theory starting in 1997, Todd Zola and Mastersball carved out an important niche in the fantasy industry. In 2006, Todd became the Research Director for fantasybaseball.com, and in 2009, he relaunched Mastersball and is now a managing partner.

Todd competes in Tout Wars and the XFL, and has been a multiple-time league champion in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has been a contributor to the fantasy content at MLB.com and SI.com, is a frequent guest on Sirius/XM and Blog Talk Radio and is an annual speaker at the spring and fall First Pitch Forum symposiums.

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