Fantasy Basketball Strategy: Its All About 2 for 1

Nov 30, 2009

Written by Alex Woods

Fantasy Basketball really is a very different animal than Fantasy Baseball or Fantasy Football. Unlike football and basketball where there is an extreme talent cliff, you can usually find players who can contribute in a category in which you need help on your fantasy basketball waiver wire. This article will explore the 2 for 1 trading strategy and how it can be exploited in shallower fantasy basketball leagues to provide an edge.

It is an established fact that the talent cliff in fantasy basketball occurs much earlier than in any other sport. There are only a handful of NBA players that can contribute in multiple categories while not hurting you in another. After these players come off the draft board you are really drafting specialists to fill needs on your team. Moreover, in all but the deepest leagues you can almost certainly find a player in the waiver pool who will address one of your team’s deficiencies. However, few fantasy basketball owners seem to be aware of this fact. The goal then is to exploit it. The more top talent your team can acquire, the better your chances of winning. Don’t be afraid to trade away a hot player with a weakness for one of the NBA’s elite.

The best way to target an elite player for trade is via the 2 for 1 trade package. The best players are those who contribute in multiple categories without killing you in another. The 2 for 1 package can be delivered in many forms. It can be a straight up you unbalanced where you offer two players for the other teams star, or it could come disguised; meaning that you include in the package a player from the other team of sub par talent that you really have no intention of keeping.

If your league is competitive, owners should be on to the 2 for 1 strategy and it will be very difficult to pull off. However, that should not stop you from trying. In fact, BleacherCreatureRotoTalk recommends that you always have at least one 2 for 1 trade package on the table. Furthermore, stay away from straight up 2 for 1 trade proposals, it is best to disguise your offer into a traditional 2 for 2 offer as it seems less likely that you are trying to conduct a grand theft basketball move.

There is one outlier scenario to note. In deeper leagues, the 2 for 1 is not overly advantageous and should used with caution. The reason is that in a deeper leagues the free agent talent pool can be extremely thin. The whole premise of the 2 for 1 is that you can successful pull from the waiver wire a player to address deficits in a given a category. If that option is not present the 2 for 1 strategy can backfire as you are unable to make up for the categories that the star player cannot contribute.

So there you have it, the 2 for 1 trade package is a great way to bolster your team in midsize leagues. Remember, there are only a handful of the leagues elite, don’t become to attached to your mid-tier players who have a weakness. Package them up, move em, and hit the waiver the wire to fill the gap. Now get to it and propose a few disguised 2 for 1 trade packages!

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