Trade Wins: Creating a Bidding War for Your Player

Ryan McKee outlines a bold but potentially rewarding strategy on how to create a bidding war amongst your opponents for one of your players.

| 3 years ago

Ryan McKee outlines a bold but potentially rewarding strategy on how to create a bidding war amongst your opponents for one of your players.

Trade Wins: Creating a Bidding War for Your Player


riversIf you’re like me, you’ve been making multiple trade offers each week.  You feel like you know your opponents’ rosters better than your own.  And if you’re like me, you’ve pulled your hair out a few times wondering why someone won’t accept your offer – or even respond with a counter offer!

For those ignoring types, you can try a few things:

Direct Contact

This isn’t possible for some leagues, but if your league is made up of close-knit friends, reach out and call or text them.  Or better yet, arrange a meet up to watch a game together.  Some people get too busy to respond or invest time into making counter offers, so if you can steal their attention for a short time, you might be on to something.

Use Peer Pressure

Try sending someone a trade offer while at the same time posting a message detailing who on your roster is available.  It might plant a seed in your opponent’s head to act fast or risk missing out.

Time Your Offer

The thrill of making trades isn’t left to just the two taking part.  Everyone in the league gets a little rush from seeing who dealt whom and opining over who won and who got their pants pulled down.  Just after a trade has been made, you’d be surprised at how more likely people are to talk trades themselves.  That’s why you often see trades occur in clusters: one person talks to 2-3 people about a trade, ultimately deciding on one deal, so those that were unsuccessful start to look at other alternatives around the league. Once a few trades occur in a row, anyone that has been left out will want in on the action.

Now, this still may not be enough to get a trade consummated.  One of the main barriers is simply how short the time frame is from week to week.  Trade discussions can take several days or even a couple weeks, but during that time the information changes dramatically and people need to rethink their offers.  Players have good games and bad, injuries occur, backups get more touches, waiver claims get processed, etc.  All of these factor into a trade discussion, so it can leave people in a bit of a ‘paralysis by analysis’ state.  “I want to wait and see how this plays out” or “I want to give him a few more games” becomes an all-too-common retort.

So if you’re still getting nowhere with your league mates but are desperate to make a move, then you need to introduce some element of pressure into the environment.  Time is a great pressure builder but only the trade deadline imposes such a sense of urgency.  Unless you create an artificial time pressure.  Such a maneuver isn’t for the faint hearted, but if executed at the right time, can be extremely effective.

Here is how I did it:

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