NHL Hockey Column: Studs & Duds
Know Your Roots - Overtime
To best succeed in Fantasy keeper leagues, you need to have a specific path in mind. Every transaction made has to keep you on that path so that you eventually reach the desired result. There are certain strategies that can help you to properly manage your assets and avoid making costly mistakes.
Looking at a league’s history and past winners, it only takes a few minutes to spot out the dominate participants. This is especially true in deep leagues where an obvious parity highlights strong managers from the weaker ones. As time passes, the balance between the two sides grows further apart. The difference is that the respectable managers will do so in a way that avoids shifting the league’s integrity.
All poolies like to see blockbusters, but these are the type of deals that often changes the fate of two franchises dramatically. Evidently, there will always be poolies aiming for the big Hail Mary, propelling themselves upwards with an abundance of win-now talent, by simply giving up unproven prospects.
Now picture the same manager completing a few of these heavily favourable deals, rendering the opposing teams useless. Generally lopsided blockbusters will be accepted as one off transactions. However, repeat offenders become at risk of losing the league’s respect. At the end of the day winning is winning, and most repeat offenders really won’t care about the lasting effects of their actions as long as they finish first. Fair enough, but winning is so much sweeter when you have the league’s respect.
To accomplish that goal, look no further than GM Z’s example. A few strings of trades as such can effectively build strong contenders and eventual dynasties - all without shifting the balance of the league and leaving everyone happy.
In this particular case…
GM 1 was happy with Eric Staal
GM 2 was happy with Alex Galchenyuk and Gustav Nyquist
GM 3 was happy with Filip Forsberg
GM 4 was happy with his prospects
Note that this last one was probably a poor execution on GM 4’s part. He also just so happens to be the same GM who traded away Ilya Kovalchuk in the nightmare management scenario a few reports ago.
Many things could have gone wrong for GM Z trading away Staal for prospects, albeit high profiled ones, and I would not advise new fantasy sport poolies to explore such avenues without a having a strong understanding of their league and some experience in trading first. It was a risk, which in this case turned out to be successful. Not all GMs can achieve or have the patience to achieve a similar end result. Things can escalate quite quickly, and you do not want to leave yourself stuck midway through your game plan.
Let the three examples of management decisions seen in this series serve as an example on how to make the most of any and all trade transactions. Do not just accept and move along. Know your roots. Do a background check, and add any needed baggage to your assets. You must do this assessment on your own. Like a house inspection, you need to know what sits behind the surface of your assets.
In the end, similar questions should arise: Was there a net gain? Was the process worth the time spent? Would you do the same trade(s) again?
Hopefully that is a yes.
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