Balls to the Wall

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Balls to the Wall

Vin Scully said it best during the 1986 World Series between the Mets and Red Sox, “Losing hurts more than winning feels good.”   Like the Sox collapse thanks to a botched blooper by Bill Bukner (alliteration x 5!!!!!), a bad trade in fantasy football is difficult to forget.  While you might not remember every good trade in your fantasy football lifetime, it’s likely you’ll remember ever stinker. 

To this day I am haunted by trading away Wes Welker for the Giants DST two seasons ago.  With Ben Watson sidelined indefinitely Welker was the main beneficiary.  However with Watson’s return imminent I figured I would move Welker while he was hot.  There was no way he could keep up his torrid pace, right?!  Boy was I wrong. Welker was a breakout star of 2007 and while another wide receiver, Javon Walker, hit the injury report, my team took a nosedive.   It is disastrous trades like that one that reinforce the impulse to play it safe.  Yet pros know that while playing it safe might get you so far, it’s probably not going to be enough to lead to you to the Fantasy Football Promised Land. 

Ask my friend Dan who turned down Reggie Wayne in our keeper league for Devin Freakin’ Hester!  (Yeah, what the hell was he thinking?)    Winners are aggressive. Winners are fearless. And most importantly winners are smart enough to never look back after a trade turns to poo.  And while anyone can “buy low,” only fantasy football gurus are successful “selling high.”  Like a day trader who knows the second to unload a high rising stock before its collapse, you have to be one step ahead of the competition.  

Last season my other friend Jason refused to accept L.T.’s demise.  Every passing week offers for his service worsened.  When he finally came to his sense, he was lucky to get anything.  Like an expert poker player you have to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.  This fantasy football season make a promise to yourself that you will go balls to the wall by making some bold trades and staying ahead of the curve.  Be forewarned that aggressive trading is not for the feint of heart, but I promise you that it will eventually lead you to fantasy football glory.

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