Fantasy Football: Why Buying Low Is Better Than Selling High

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Fantasy Football: Why Buying Low Is Better Than Selling High
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Fantasy football can be a veritable chess match. While the draft and the waiver wire tend to be the most important components of building a championship squad, trades have the potential of turning a season around, whether it be in the right direction or not.

Trades should aim at bringing balance to a team specifically by trading away replaceable players for players that fix the team's weaknesses by giving them access to scorers who are unavailable on the wire.

Speculative trades in which the first team trades a player who is doing well but whose productivity seems unsustainable has its merits, but it is a dangerous proposition. The "Sell High," as it is often referred, is also dangerous because owners tend to disregard the principal rule of trading when these exchanges are executed—only trade a player that you could reasonably replace, preferably with someone already on your squad.

Another type of speculative trade is the "Buy Low" in which players who are not doing well but either have the potential for—or have shown the ability of having—substantial fantasy impact are targeted in exchange for reliable point-getters with significant ceilings to their game.

You will notice that a sell-high and a buy-low can be similar concepts, and that they vary from person to person. The reason is perceived value. But typically, if the player was traded for a similar-production option with a greater ceiling, then that player has been sold high. If a player was traded for a similar- or greater-production option with a lower ceiling, the buyer has bought him low.

Logic and experience will tell you that this type of trade is the one to make, particularly if your team is in the middle or near the top.

Here's why.

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