Anatomy of a HUGE fantasy trade

Eric Maltais

2008-12-12

 fantasy frog

 

My column is a couple of days late this week and it’ll be a short one since I just moved into a new house last week and there are a million things to get done. Despite my busy days, I found the time to pull off a huge deal in the Dobber Expert League. An 11-player trade that will have major repercussions on the outcome of the season. One of the most fun aspects of fantasy sports is the opportunity to act like a general manager and to some wheeling and dealing so it’s always a rush when you pull off a huge transaction. Here is the detailed analysis of the trade and how you can achieve such deals in your fantasy league.
 

Before the deal

I drafted two of the top netminders in the game with my top two picks in Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff so I knew I’d get some very solid stats in net this season. I was also quite fortunate with my third drafted goalie drafting Alex Auld knowing quite well that Martin Gerber was bound to struggle at some point. It just happened quicker than I would have thought. This gave me some nice depth in goal and I currently rank no.1 in the league in the Wins and Saves categories despite the few weeks missed by Nabokov. In addition, I lead the Wins category with 33 which is 10 more wins than my closest competitor. Our only other goaltending category is Goals against average where I’ right in the middle of the pack.

On offense I rank second in Goals and +/-, last in Penalty minutes and middle of the order in Assists, Power play points and Shots on goal putting me in fourth place overall tied with Dobber five points off the lead.

Given my strength in goal I decided to gamble on Auld as my second goaltender and put Nabby and Kipper on the trading block in order to upgrade my offense and target top position in every offensive category other than penalty minutes. It’s a huge gamble, but one that could pay off big if Auld continues to play like he has since the start of the season.

I’m a big believer in no guts no glory when it comes to managing your fantasy team. Second place is as good as last place in fantasy (when no money is involved) so you’ve gotta play to win it all. You also have to use your strengths to improve your team. Productive players that sit on your bench don’t help you put up points in any category. Of course you want some solid bench players to help you out in case of injury like Auld did for me when Nabokov was injured, but a star on the bench in simply a waste.

My roster before the trade:

C   Olli Jokinen
C   Jason Spezza
C   Scott Gomez
C   Viktor Kozlov
LW   Zach Parise
LW   Simon Gagne
LW   Andrei Kostitsyn
LW   Pierre-Marc Bouchard
RW   Phil Kessel
RW   Devin Setoguchi
RW   Bob