A number of questions have come up recently regarding how to make a push (or secure a recently acquired playoff position) with only a few weeks left in most fantasy hockey services. A certain strategy comes to mind that should certainly merit some consideration as many managers currently find themselves teetering in that final position.
Managers currently on the brink (or just barely on the inside) of a playoff spot may want to consider selling off a superstar to gain some fantasy depth. With trading a marquee player comes some serious fantasy responsibility, however, if done properly, it certainly could help any team make a respectable push deep into the postseason.
Unless of a serious string of bad luck, most managers on the outside looking in have one, maybe two superstars that have kept them afloat so far this season. By trading a top player, managers can certainly bring in 2-3 players who can produce steadily over the next several weeks and boost up those categories that may have been a detriment to them in the first half of the season.
Who to Trade?
If managers are looking for top return, they will most likely have to give up the crème de la crème of fantasy players. Crosby, Ovechkin and Malkin will all fetch solid return value, so consider going for the gusto when putting together a deal.
What to Trade for?
There are two things to consider when offering trades to other managers in a league. First, make sure that there is a sense of balance in the trade. It’s best not to take on 3 players from the same position or from similar teams. The second is to make sure to satisfy the needs of the team. If the team needs power play points, try to acquire players that are specialists with the man advantage. If it’s +/- that’s lacking a bit, have a look at trying to acquire a few players from good teams.
After Trade Responsibilities
If a trade does happen, there are several important tasks to follow up with to ensure a smooth transition to a playoff spot. Staying current with waiver wire players is always a must as there are certain players who may be available on the waiver wire that could help fantasy teams in the second half of the season. Also, consider catching players coming off injured reserve as there are several prominent players who are injured right now that other managers may have given up on because of the length of their injury. Players like Marian Gaborik, Joe Sakic, Justin Williams and Brad Richards are all solid players that could certainly replace a low end flyer on any fantasy hockey team.
It is important to note that managers in keeper leagues may want to hold off on trading a superstar unless the player that is being shopped around is expendable and won’t affect keepers being brought over to next season.