by Simon Jones
My name is Simon Jones and I’m delighted to be returning to Rotoprofessor this year with the weekly Trade Counsel column. As background, I’ve been competing in fantasy baseball for a decade across many styles of league. My first love is trading and I wrote for Rotoprofessor for a couple of years on this very topic. I also won the ESPN Grand Theft Roto league in 2009. On top of this, I’m a Brit.
The column will address a different aspect of trading every week. When I started writing I felt that this was a severely neglected part of the fantasy baseball landscape. If anything the situation has got even worse, and the resources have pretty much dried up.
The fantasy baseball world has changed dramatically in the last few years. Daily Fantasy has been a huge deal. NFBC has money leagues where trading isn’t allowed – I understand the risk of collusion, but to me it’s like calling a game after 4 innings. On top of that, the statistics that we use to make out decisions are changing seemingly every day. When I started playing ERA and OPS were advanced stats – now we have a host of sabermetrics, xStats and who knows where the Statcast era will take us. While 5×5 used to be the norm in 95% of leagues, now I play in more 6×6 than 5×5 leagues and categories like Wins and AVG are often replaced with ‘fairer’ assessments of a player’s skillset.
Fantasy writing has evolved too. I used to get most of my baseball fix from the ESPN and Yahoo. Over time I found other resources with different analysis, and now it appears that ESPN have pretty much thrown in the towel – they’re down to two writers with no draft kit and infrequent updates. Where there are loads of guys doing interesting analysis and player profiles, the whole strategy and psychology of trading seems to be ignored.
So Trade Counsel will look to address that balance, looking at why people trade, what drives their thinking and how to get the best out of that trade to put you in prime position to win that league.
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