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Week 3 fantasy football cheat sheet

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There are a lot of ways to trade in fantasy football. There is the one-for-one, a challenge trade, where you exchange players at the same position. There is the one-for-one, where you trade someone at your position for someone at a different position, shifting relative strengths and weaknesses around. And there is the quantity-for-quality, my personal favorite.

With few exceptions, it’s almost always better to be the one getting the quality in those trades over quantity. If you trade away one guy averaging 20 points per game and get back three guys averaging a combined 30, that might sound great, but starting lineup spots are a finite resource, and as such you still have to bench other players to get that 30 PPG into your lineup.

This week, my leaguemate lost Ben Roethlisberger for the year (in a superflex) and was disappointed with the performances of David Montgomery and Phillip Lindsay so far, so I pounced. He’s very strong at receiver, so I offered him Marcus Mariota (my No. 3 QB), Marlon Mack (my No. 3 RB), and Jamison Crowder (my No. 5 WR) for Odell Beckham Jr. He was desperate. He accepted.

I have a shallower roster now. When one of my quarterbacks is on a bye, I have no backup. When one of my running backs is, I only have Chase Edmonds and Giovani Bernard. But my ceiling is that much higher, I cleared two roster spots for other waiver flyers, and I can now comfortably trade D.J. Moore and/or John Ross for other help.

If you have a trade choice between quality and quantity, choose quality. Every time.

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