Now is the time when trades are getting tight. Even if you are at full premium and have “a lot” left, you don’t have that many. Most of us are already getting low on trades and many of us are still one or two short of full premium. That means not enough trades to fix every problem or correct every mistake. I have 9 trades left and still need one more premium. So, if I need one trade to cash in a cow and one trade to upgrade another, I’ll have seven (!) left for the season. That will have to handle injuries and suspensions to my premiums. Maybe a corrective trade near the end of the season if I have been lucky. What won’t it handle? Well, little things, bench players who are hurt, immature cows, maybe even mature cows. There are a lot of players on our teams now and we are bringing in more every week. For most of them our teams are like the Hotel California – they will enter but never leave.
What to call these players? I thought of a few names, but in retrospect the answer is obvious. Who shows up at your home, and once there could end up staying far past their welcome? Who are actually more likely to stay if they get hurt? In a word, in-laws. Well, two words. I can already see who are probably going to be my in-laws this season: Amon, Dumont, McKenzie, Hamling, and A. Pearce. I’m no longer expecting them to make enough money to be worth a trade to cash them in, and if they get hurt they’ll be loopholes. I’m certainly not going to waste a trade finding a replacement for one of them if they get injured. I also have Boston, Krakouer, and Steele and I am hoping they rise enough to cash in, maybe to fund turning an injured premium into a super-premium, or to be the two guys who are cashed in / promoted when I can finally afford my final premo. But, if one of them gets hurt before going up in price; in-law.
What’s the point of this? When you bring in someone, be sure to think if they are an in-law or an outlaw. Maybe a DPP matters more than someone with a higher potential price rise, if there is no chance of you harvesting the money. Maybe JS means the most because you need them playing since your other guy in their line is out for the season and is now your loophole, and you don’t want to go with no backup. Maybe paying more for someone who scores more as a backup is worth it now. Don’t trade in any non-premium without knowing exactly how you plan to use them, and deal with keeping them if they get hurt. If you are going to be stuck hanging around with a bunch if in-laws at least make sure they are ones you can stand.
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