FANFOOD RULES: #15. Make Trades to Improve Your Team


We all have players that we targeted for the draft, but didn’t get. We all have players that we have on our teams that we do not like.

There are always “Buy Low” and “Sell High” candidates every week.

When you are looking to upgrade or fill needs, the most effective strategy is to identify the right trade partner and then put yourself in their shoes. If you want to deal for a second baseman, you just can’t decide you want Jason Kipnis and go after him blindly. It’s not just about what you want. It’s about the needs of the other owner as well. What exactly does the Kipnis owner need? Where are his weaknesses? In fact, are you and the Kipnis owner even a good fit as trade partners? Maybe you have a surplus of closers, but if he does not need one, then it’s just a wasted exercise.

Look at the roster grids in your league and find a team that can potentially part with the position or categories you need. Then see if you have the personnel to fit some of their needs. If the Kipnis owner is not a good fit, maybe that guy who has Neil Walker and Jose Altuve is a better partner. Knowing your league mates is also essential.

Don’t make an insulting offer that will end trade talks quickly with a guy that you know has a short fuse for silly offers. Also, don’t try to sell a very experienced owner too hard on your angles and try to convince him why he needs your offer.

Respect for your peers often gets a lot done in the Fantasy Baseball game, and it also gives you future opportunities to deal with the same people. Don’t try to rip the other guy off. We all want to get the best deal, and the best ones are the ones that benefit both in the long run.

You don’t need to land Justin Verlander to improve your starting pitching. You don’t have to acquire the best player at the position or in the category to improve your team. A smart dealer is one who thinks things through. Not every trade has to be a blockbuster. But every offer has to be a smart, calculated one to increase your odds of reaching the goal of improving your squad.

As I mentioned in the Trade Section of the FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Kit, one of the most exciting aspects of fantasy baseball is trading. It can also be the most frustrating. There will be stupid early season offers where people are constantly testing your knowledge and your patience. Once you are knee deep into the season and you have settled in, your waiver wire has been picked clean, it is even more vital to improve your squad via the trade.





Grilled Monte Cristo Sandwiches


You will need a griddle for this sandwich, try this one, or this one. If you don’t have one, a pizza stone or quality cookie tray will work.



5 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
8 slices rustic country-style white bread, each about 1/2 inch thick
8 slices sharp or extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
8 slices smoked turkey, 10 to 12 ounces total
1-1/3 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach leaves
4 large eggs
Unsalted butter


Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-low heat (about 350°F) and preheat the griddle.

Spread 1/2 tablespoon of the mustard on each of the bread slices, using 4 tablespoons total. Place one cheese slice, then two turkey slices, then 1/3 cup baby spinach leaves on top of four of the bread slices, folding the ingredients so they don’t hang over the edges of the bread. Top each with a second cheese slice. Cover with the remaining four bread slices, mustard side down, pressing the sandwiches together so they adhere.

In a large bowl whisk the eggs and the remaining 1 tablespoon mustard.

Holding a sandwich firmly together dip it into the egg mixture, turning to coat both sides generously and allowing the egg mixture to soak into the bread slightly. Place the sandwich on a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and batter.

Add 1 tablespoon butter to the griddle to melt. Working in batches if necessary, place the sandwiches on the griddle and grill over direct medium-low heat, with the lid closed, until the bottoms of the sandwiches are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the sandwiches over and continue grilling, with the lid closed, until golden brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes more, watching closely to avoid burning. Remove the sandwiches from the griddle. Repeat with any remaining sandwiches, adding a second tablespoon of butter to the griddle if necessary. Serve right away.


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