Second Half Strategies

By John Paulsen (Senior Editor), last update Nov 8, 2013

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We have reached the midpoint of the 2013 fantasy season, so it's a good time to discuss how to plan for the stretch run and fantasy playoffs. There are several different strategies to discuss, so let's jump right in.


Trading Depth for Starters

Bye weeks wrap up in Week 12, so fantasy owners who have good players sitting on the bench should think about trading them away for an upgrade at another position. For example, let's say you have Steve L Smith sitting on your bench behind Brandon Marshall and Antonio Brown. Both Marshall and Brown are past their byes, so Smith is expendable. Now let's say you have Eddie Lacy locking down one RB spot, but in the other you have Stevan Ridley and would like to upgrade. Ideally, you would trade Ridley and Smith for a solid, low-end RB1 like Alfred Morris or Reggie Bush.

At this point in the season, it's almost always a good strategy to trade two-for-one, especially if you have depth that you can leverage.

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