by Brian Girdler
Nothing is more frustrating than being in a position where you need to make a trade and can’t find a single owner to work with you. It’s more frustrating than being invited to join a softball league and finding out later it’s a coed league.
If your team is 4-5 and you haven’t been sitting on Gronk all year, it’s time to make some moves. I absolutely love trading. Growing up I would trade seats, trade lunches, trade football cards, and trade spit with the ladies. I even traded prom dates one week before the big day (true story). The hardest part of trading is finding a buyer though. The first step is to find an owner that is open to “any” trade. If they can identify one person on your team they want, you go after 2 of their guys or vice versa. Do you really want to part with Marshawn Lynch? No. But if you need a WR and can get a low-end RB1 and a WR2 in return then look into it. Look at the numbers and understand your point system in your league. Will Lynch and your current WR2 score more points going forward then the offer on the table? Do your best to not get hung up on names either. Draft Day prices were 10 weeks ago, so do not continue to put the RB1 first round label on Ray Rice. By looking at the numbers and the remaining schedule, you can better your team and have a run at the Playoffs. Or you can sit on what you have. But remember, what you have is a 4-5 team.
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