I was just thinking about trading in roto leagues. It came to me that, at the end of the season, if you had to make up some points on the leader, that you could trade players who get that stat to the team immediately behind the leader in that stat. For example, if I were in second place with about a month to go and behind by 3 roto points; and the 1st place guy were the leader in HRs, but only with a slight edge over another team out of the race; then I could trade my Adam Dunn to the team behind the leader. Now, the purpose of such a trade would not be to better my own team, which is Yahoo's definition of a sportsman-like trade, but to improve my stance in the league indirectly. Is this considered collusion, or some other form of cheating? Is it looked down upon? Or is it a justafiable method of winning roto leagues?
For the purposes of your answer, assume two different trades: one that is fair in that even fantasy talent is swapped, and also one that is not, such as Adam Dunn for Steve Finley.
Fair. It's part of roto, and one of the things that makes it great.
I haven't done a deal expressly for this purpose (although that would be fair). But I have made trades that, in addition to helping me, also help the other team catch my top competitor in some categories.
It's fair but in our league the trade deadline is the last day of August so any trade you make usually affects you in more than one way. If you give up a home run producer so someone else can gain then you may also lose points if you aren't careful so do you really gain?