One exists in every league. He preys on teams that are suffering and promises near equal trade value. He hunts the weak newbie players who are caught in a bind and cons the vets into an emotional based decision.Beware of the Trade Vampire.
It's WEEK 1 - If your team laid a big fat egg and you're now 0-1, don't panic. Don't make crazy trades thinking you're in trouble. And by all means don't trade away a stud for a double banger of this weeks waiver wire wonders. Stay calm, hit the forums for some advice and see how you do in Week Two.
Nate Burleson for Javid Best 2011 TRADE BUST
Actual trade in one of my many leagues.. newbie in panic at WR makes a bad decision.
But wait.. you want to be a trade vampire? Well it's easy to become the hunter, here's how to spot the weak.
- Someone on their team suffered an injury (like Steven Jackson) and they don't have a back up..
- They got their asses handed to them and are in a sure panic..
- They're weak at a particular position, perhaps have no depth at a particular position..
- Target guys that own J Cook, Cooley, Driver, Ward, S. Jackson, Chris Johnson, L. Blount, Stafford, Amendola, Foster, Tolbert, Crabtree, Williams etc you get the picture. Guys they though would have done better and didn't and/or got hurt. Bonus points if they lost their match-up.
Now that you have your "mark" send them a trade. Target their third best player on the team and offer them a double dose of your bench. Sell them on the upgrade in the trade offer explaining the value and long term benefits of the trade. Send offers out to as many people as you can and always make sure you get the upper hand.. someone will bite.. and even if they don't you may get a counter offer that is to your liking.