Whether this is your first time participating in a fantasy draft league, or you are a seasoned veteran, everyone will have a trading strategy they believe will win them the flag that year. However, ever league has a particular fantasy draft trader. Let’s take a look at five of the more common ones.
Mr. I’m Going to Need Something Decent in Return
Yes, we all know this fantasy draft trader. Also known as Mr. Overvalues His Players, he is prepared to trade his forward who averages 90, but only for your midfielder who is averaging just on 100. He’s notoriously hard to deal with and is as stubborn as a mule at the trade table. He’ll typically target the newbie in the league and raid his list for his better players. The upside for the rest of the league is that he typically languishes in the middle-to-bottom section of the ladder and experiences very little success each season.
Mr. Trades For The Sake of Trading
The complete opposite to Mr. I’m Going to Need Something Decent in Return, this bloke is always open to trades. Fairly easy to deal with and always wanting to improve his team, this type of fantasy draft trader is playing the long game and always has his eye on the prize. However, as the song goes “you got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em”, and these words ring true with this fantasy draft trader. It’s always a good thing wanting to improve your side, but you need to pick your moments and know when to sell high and buy low.
Mr. New Kid on the Block
Remember that kid from the school-yard who has just got into trading cards, and you manage to convince him to trade his Gary Ablett Jnr card for your three Denis Armfield’s and two Brent Stanton’s? Yeah, well that kid exists in fantasy draft leagues and he’s known as Mr. New Kid on the Block. This type of trader is cannon fodder for the more experienced fantasy coaches as the is easily talked into deals that are so heavily skewed the other way it’s not funny. Embarrassingly, they often need advice from other coaches in their league about what constitutes a good trade and a bad trade.
Mr. My Guy Who I Will Never Trade
There’s always one guy who has a man crush on a particular. He’ll pull the trigger early on draft day and take him in the 3rd or 4th round, when the player is probably worth a 6th to 7th round pick at best. And when it comes to the trade table – forget about trying to get said player; it just won’t happen. Even if you offered up an underperforming Scott Pendlebury, you STILL wouldn’t get that player. Handy tip for opposition coaches: draft said player before the guy who has the man crush on him does. You can just about name your price at the trade table when he’s at breaking point and desperately wants said player in his team.
Mr. I Think That’s a Fair Trade
A little similar to Mr. I’m Going to Need Something Decent in Return, this type of trader tries to rip you off at the trade table at every opportunity. He believes every trade he offers up is fair for both parties; regardless if it is heavily skewed in his favour. He’s the complete opposite to Mr. New Kid on the Block in the sense that he knows exactly what he’s doing, however, he even has the nerve to try and rip off the veteran coaches of the league. What’s worse is that he is dead serious with his offers such as Bryce Gibbs for Luke Parker, and truly believes that you are getting Gibbs at a great price given his fantasy potential. The lack of respect he shows his fellow coaches at the trade table is one of the reasons why he rarely succeeds in putting together a premiership winning team.
So, which of these fantasy draft traders are in your league? Or is there one I haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments section!