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The Art of Trade Negotiations 102: COVID-19 Edition

In The Art of Trade Negotiations 101, we will take an EVEN DEEPER look into how you can improve your team during and after your league’s draft. I will touch on Redraft/Keeper, Dynasty, IDP and Devy leagues.

I have been playing fantasy football for years, and my favorite part of it is trading. I’m not an expert, but I have turned around almost every team I’ve had by doing so. I’m not a very good drafter usually, so I have relied on my trading methods to take me to the championship. I want to give you some MORE insight on how to be the best when it comes to the art of trade negotiations.

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Go After Rookies Early

A lot of rookies will have a slow start due to the lack of training camp and preseason, so there will be fantasy managers who will be sure to give up on them in the first half of the season. Take advantage of that! Go after them if they’re shown to have a true role in the offense or defense because rookies usually take a year or two to develop. Just be aware that it may take even longer for the breakout players to breakout. One of those breakout receivers could help lead your team to a fantasy championship and could be your team’s future. Look at D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown from last season as examples of slow starts turned rookie studs.

I want to encourage everyone to go after rookies, but most importantly those committed to the rebuild. Be patient knowing that your time is coming and the weirdness of this season may play in your favor. Do your research on rookies, and watch it pay off for years to come.

Target PUP List and IR Players

As of now, the top names on the PUP list for 2020 are Deebo Samuel, Alshon Jeffery, Sony Michel, Jalen Hurd and Rashaad Penny. First thing to do is target young players like Deebo Samuel who is starting the year on the PUP list or Jalen Hurd who was considered a possible breakout candidate who will have to wait another year to prove his worth. I don’t see their value dropping like crazy because of it, but it may drop some. It’s important to test the market this year as much as possible. Stay on top of your lineup with the future in mind, noting the impatient fantasy managers in your league.

It’s a must to invest in players who could help your team flourish in the coming weeks and years. Pay for them a little cheaper now and reap the benefits later. It could also pay off because you could get them for cheaper now and sell them for more right before they return to action. This is what the art of trade negotiations is all about–getting the most bang for your buck.

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Keep Your Eye on the Opt-Outs

Notable Opt-Out players in 2020 are Devin Funchess, Damien Williams and Marquise Goodwin, a few offensive players, and Dont’a Hightower, Patrick Chung, CJ Mosley and Ukeme Eligwe to name a few defensive players. Thankfully there weren’t a ton of big names that came out to opt-out in 2020, but what does it mean for the few fantasy relevant players who did?

If you have space and if you’re allowed, stash them in your IR/PUP spots and wait out the 2020 season to see what their status will be for the following year. I wouldn’t make this a priority though and wouldn’t go out and trade for most, if not all of them. You’re best bet would be to add them to a trade if you need a little extra to make it happen.

Staying on Top of your Lineup for 2020 and Beyond

It’s going to be extra important to follow your players latest news, as there will be a lot of it throughout the season. On top of the usual injuries and BYE weeks, there will be a lot more lineup rearranging due to COVID-19. There may be other players in your league who take a bigger hit than you, and it could lead to some big trades as fantasy managers will get desperate. This is where the art of trade negotiations comes in clutch. Keep your eyes open and your trade talks constant in 2020. Not only will this increase your chances at a 2020 championship, but if you play your cards right, it could set you up for a dominant 2021.

How could I set myself up for 2021? Planning ahead is huge in dynasty fantasy football, but there’s no way to know who will produce past one year, or even for the upcoming season if we’re honest. Doing your research can help minimize the damaging impact of busts. Prepare yourself for the wild ride 2020 is about to be and remember the art of trade negotiations!

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Trade Examples

Deebo Samuel

  • 2020 1.06
  • 2021 1st and 2020/2021 2nd
  • 2021 1st and Curtis Samuel/Alexander Mattison/Daniel Jones
  • Kyler Murray
  • Melvin Gordon and a 2020 3rd
  • Tyler Boyd and a future 3rd
  • Todd Gurley
  • David Montgomery
  • Sony Michel and 2021 3rd

Alshon Jeffery

  • 2020 3nd
  • Drew Brees
  • Eric Ebron
  • Rob Gronkowski

Sony Michel

  • Mid 2020 2nd
  • Curtis Samuel
  • Jared Goff
  • Golden Tate and 2021 3rd

Jalen Hurd

  • Late 2020 3rd
  • 2 future 4th’s
  • Steven Sims
  • Benny Snell Jr.
  • Lemical Perine

Rashaad Penny

  • Irv Smith Jr.
  • 2 2020 3rd’s
  • Corey Davis
  • Chase Edmonds
  • KJ Hamler and 2021 4th

Devin Funchess

  • Gabriel Davis
  • 2020 4th
  • any future 4th
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Damien Williams

  • 2020 3rd
  • future 3rd and 4th
  • James Washington
  • Ian Thomas

Marquise Goodwin

  • Theo Riddick
  • any 4th
  • Phillip Dorsett
  • or just wait till he falls to the waiver wire

Thank you for reading The Art of Trade Negotiations 102: COVID-19 Edition. Don’t forget to also read The Art of Trade Negotiations 101 for more. If you have any additional questions about something I didn’t touch on, make sure to ask me in the comments below! For more articles like this visit RotoHeat. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!

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