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Daily Dr. Roto: Who Needs a Trade Chart?

When you receive a trade offer, you almost always know immediately whether it's a good deal or a bad deal for your team. Dr. Roto feels that deep in his gut and he also feels trading ain't for everybody.

Daily Dr. Roto — June 19, 2017

What’s in a Trading Chart?

I recently received a trade offer the other day from one of my fellow experts in a highly competitive league that I am in and turned the owner down immediately. In my brief response, I told the other owner that I wouldn’t trade one of my guys for the three that he was offering. Of course, I tried to do it in the nicest of ways (and leave the door open for future trades), but I knew his deal wasn’t for me.

Fast forward a couple of hours later this same owner sent me an email with a Fantasy Baseball trading chart attached—and responds that according to the chart, the deal he offered me was fair. My response to him was this, “The only chart I use is the one in my head.” Was that too obnoxious a reply? It wasn’t meant to be. I was just speaking the truth. I am Dr. Roto after all, and I do know a good deal when I see it.

It got me thinking that when we receive a trade offer from a fellow league owner, I truly believe that we immediately have a visceral response to the deal. Sometimes we love the offer right away, while sometimes we know that it is a rip-off deal that we would never do in a million years. The bottom line is that we feel something inside ourselves about the trade offer and we instinctively know whether the deal works for us.

Years ago, I used to play in a league with my friend, Mike P. who used to say this, “If you have to tell me why the deal is good for me, then I probably shouldn’t do it.” I always laughed when he said that, but looking back on it now I think it’s true. We do know what we think about deals, and we do know how it affects our team. We don’t need a trade chart or a prolonged discussion to tell us what we already know.

I have come to believe over the years that I like non-trading leagues better than leagues where trading is allowed. More often than not, trades ruin the balance of power in leagues and change outcomes based on who gets the better end of a rip-off deal. I much prefer having to draft well and make good pickups during the season—that to me is the truest test of the best GM in the league.

So, for all those who are out there — don’t worry about looking at a trade chart to help you with your deals. Look to your own heart and know whether the deal you are getting makes sense to you. If it does, research it more and pull the trigger if you like it. If it doesn’t, reject it and move on. Either way, the choice is in your hands and not the charts.

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