The Anatomy of Fantasy Trading and Identifying Strategies to Help You Win

Ryan Ma

2013-02-28

 

Pitkanen USA TODAY

 

Ryan Ma shares his thoughts on how to be a successful fantasy hockey GM through trading and negotiating.

 

Last year I wrote a similar column regarding trading strategies, this year I've updated it and hopefully will also catch a few of the new Dobberities who missed it the first time around. A couple of years ago I read a life-changing book penned by Steven R. Covey titled "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." One habit that he focuses on is to always think win-win.

 

With this being a shortened 48-game season, and nearing the half way mark, I thought it would be a great idea to see if I can apply some of his thoughts into the realm of fantasy hockey trading to improve your fantasy squad and ultimately help you win your league. Most of the strategies will be centered around rotisserie leagues, but many of these concepts can be easily transferrable to head-to-head leagues.

 

Covey believes that there are six paradigms of interaction. Covey

 

          Win/Lose

          Lose/Win

          Lose/Lose

          Win

          No Deal

          Win/Win

 

According to Covey, Win/Lose is a paradigm which takes a strict, authoritarian approach. "My way or the highway", the hard line "take it or leave it approach", or the "in order for me to win, everyone needs to lose approach" which is probably what 90 percent of the trade propositions you receive ultimately are.

 

They are the clear-cut "low ball" offers where one party is clearly trying to better themselves, while pawning their crap onto to you. Now, there are two implications of this for fantasy hockey: First a Win/Lose deal could be accepted (highly unlikely), where you might come out on top in the short run, but in the long run you lost the war, because you've p—ed off all your league mates by robbing the guy which results i