This is actually a question for my fantasy hockey league, but that forum isn't quite as active yet...
When do you guys think is the best time to set your trade deadline? Before or after the MLB trade deadline?
I can see arguments for both sides. If it's before, you need to pay close attention to prospective trades. If it's after, you get to see where your players actually end up. I know in hockey, many of the trades at the trading deadline come out of the blue...
Well, for baseball I usually set my deadline later (late August) than most because I want to give teams the maximum amount of time to trade for/away keepers. But I also know that the guys in my league won't do dump trades and the like. In a league where I don't necessarily know/trust all the owners, I'd set it closer to the MLB deadline which would be early August - I think that's pretty standard.
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I understand your concern about owners you don't know. But, I think your suggestion was a little vague. Even if you set it "closer" to the MLB deadline, 1 day after is still a huge change. "Before" and "after" are huge differences, regardless of how close to the actual deadline it is.
So you recommend setting it after the MLB deadline?
I really like the trades deadline in one of the leagues I am in.
First deadline is July 31. This deadline is for every team to be able to trade amongst each other.
Second deadling is August 31. From August 1 to August 31 trades can still be made, but you have to be within 3 spots in the standings of the team you are trading with. For example, the last place team can't trade a player to the first place team. This helps quite a bit with player dumping and collusion.
our leagues have the trade deadline set up at the earliest option availabe in Yahoo. We have done this due to collusion efforts in the past. We have the same core group of mangers and have found that with an earlier deadline, not as many teams will have waved their white flag and 'maybe' try to help their friend make run for the title. (which has happened in the past)
The Trading Deadline is weird because many GMs are depressed & the thoughts of buying low and selling high are fading fast for half of them. Is it because it is late in the season and it is tougher to pull the wool over opponents' eyes? No, that's not it. It is because we have reached the point in the season where control is taken out of GM / Owner's hands and Luck becomes your guide. In essence this is the Fantasy Trade Deadline time. This is the worst part of the fantasy baseball season, and the part that I'll never understand. Even though every League that I participate in possesses one, why do I continue to adhere to the trade deadline?
Well, I can still pick up free agents. That's great, I let my season, the one that I started preparing for before Spring Training began hinge on a list of players that everyone else in the league has deemed unworthy of a roster spot! That's wonderful but who is going to be my late season Savior? They do exist!.... I have been fortunate enough to have cashed in on them seasons past & have had the unfortunate honor of losing to my competition due to their late season heroics.
Although most of my Leagues employ the traditional MLB Trade Deadline date.... Any trade deadline that takes place before September 1 st is not good for the league in which we play. Why? Good question let me answer that for you. Let's say you have a trade deadline that coincides with the MLB trade deadline, there is still over one-third of the season left to be played and at least half of your league no longer cares to pay attention. Would you? If you are hovering in 7 th place in a 12 team league are you going to check in to see if A-Rod has mysteriously landed on the waiver wire? No, you are now planning your fantasy football draft. There are two full months left, and there is no reason to pay any more attention. Have you ever wondered what it would be like for each team in your league to fully pay attention for the entire season? I know, it will never happen, even with a later trade deadline some teams will be out of it and stop trying, but it's a dream of mine, and dreams are meant to be broken...or is that records?
P.S. - I like the rule that one of the Posters related about not being able to trade up or down 3 spots within your League Standings. That will certainly derail collusion efforts.
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