Trading Strategy

Written by Motts on February 20 2011

Have you set out a plan for your 2011 trading strategy or are you just going to wing it?

Maybe you plan to trade at particular times such as the multi-team byes that wonโ€™t affect your league standing? Or do you plan to bring in certain guns when the team they play for finishes their second bye?

Do you plan on splitting your trades evenly into start, middle & late year or will you weight them towards certain times of the year? Will you tie them to injuries or form?

Will you wear a donut – caused by injury or bye – to preserve a trade or two? Does your trading strategy change if you want to win the comp or the league?

Thanks to one of SCT’s favourite sons, Happy Go Lucky, for suggesting this post.

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10 thoughts on “Trading Strategy”

  1. Always had the strategy to use trades on either downgrading or upgrading all your rookies after they have peaked, usually in first half of the year and then adjusting as required for injuries through middle stages and leaving trades up your sleeve for latter stages of the year and for finals. Although i usually run out of trades by the GF and just have to wing it by then. But my theory is to make sure ur team is as strong as possible going into finals, by using the necessary trades, win the week off and go straight thru to the prelim.

    So, personally i think its a good idea to plan to leave a good number of trades up ur sleeve for finals, say 6, because very rarely will it ever pan out that way. Its very important to be disciplined during the year and hold off on instinctive player swapping in order to leave you with invaluable trades come the business end of the year.

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  2. Wing it.
    Use trades for downgrading rookies and upgrading cash cows.
    That and injuries are the only times I’m planning on using trades…

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  3. i did the whole finals series last year without any trades and still won my league. make sure u have a strong reliable team. and wing it hahah

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  4. I was having a bit of a think about this the other day considering we now have more trades up our sleeve.

    Looking at my team, I think I’ve got about 11 premiums there already. In a perfect world 2-3 of the mid tiers become premiums as well getting me to about 13-14. Meaning that I need another 8-9 for a great team. So probably need 10 trades to directly upgrade. Of course, to do this, need to sell the cashcows when they’ve peaked. Probably looking at another 10 or so for this. Leaving 4 trades to account for long-term injuries.

    When? Well, I’ll just have to hope I get a lot of luck that I pick the right time to offload cashcows and bring in the guns at their lowest price.

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  5. When cashing in my cows I’ll choose a similar perfoming prem whose had 2 byes over 1 who hasn’t.
    I want to use no trades because my squad now is perfect ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Each position in my team will contain no more than 2 players from any one team. That way, when each team’s bye comes along, I won’t have to pray that my 3 bench rookies are selected to play, in order to replace the 3 guns missing out during the bye.
    Also trying to put more thought into the right MPPs to cover byes. Petrie could be good at this!

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  7. Have selected a large number of Gold Coast players (8)in the team ATM. This should hopefully allow me to ensure that I have a full squad come round one when the GC have the bye. We all know that a lot of the rookies within the GC team will play and become cash cows. Hopefully before round 9. This will allow me to upgrade the non-keepers (hopefully about 4) at this point with premiums from rounds 7-9. Thoughts.

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  8. I think we are getting a bit in front of ourselves with all this “why is he posting multiple teams every second day” and “why can’t he choose his own players” and “we’ll all end up with the same teams” bullshit.
    As Chris (2009 SC overall winner) demonstrated in his comprehensive review on TooSerious, its the trading strategy and timing that will determine the wheat from the chaff as most teams on these sites were exactly the same as his from the start. The key is to trade with patience and a forward looking strategy (with plenty of luck as well) to have your team full of premiums and some trades left by the beginning of finals.
    The best lesson I learnt from Chris’ review was that trading should be conducted in the terms of commodity/points rather than players/teams as per the stock market so as to remove any emotional connection.

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