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Trade studs at their peak

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Ryan Wilcoxon on Fantasy FootballSpecial to the Post IndependentSo, you were the fortunate one in your fantasy football league to draft Daunte Culpepper (QB-Vikings). Or maybe you took a chance and nabbed Reuben Droughns (RB-Broncos) before he went wild the last two games. Congratulations, you have one of the two hottest players in the NFL – at least for now.But, what else do you have to go along with these two?Depending on your league size, you may have very little else in reserve. League size is usually the single most important factor in determining overall roster strength, and very large leagues of 14 or more teams find it difficult to field quality fantasy squads week in and week out. If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider trading a superstar of Culpepper’s caliber while he is red hot. As the old saying goes: “Buy low, sell high.” And guys like Pep or Droughns can’t get much higher than they are at this moment. In smaller leagues these are the players that can push you over the championship hurdle, assuming you have other studs to fill the required positions. If that’s the case, suggesting a trade of this magnitude is ludicrous. But, in a larger league – it may be a matter of survival. If you are the envy of your league because of one or two players but you still can’t seem to win, it may be time to turn to another time-tested financial strategy – diversification. Take your superstar and swap him for at least two or three players of need. The hype that follows players like Culpepper, especially after a nationally televised game, is usually overblown.It’s your job to take advantage of the situation. Find the owner in your league with the deepest roster coupled with the weakest quarterback and propose a trade. If you get lucky, you’ll be able to skim his excess talent while only taking a hit at your QB position. Trading a mega-stud is never easy, but let’s face it – no one ever won a fantasy title on the shoulders of just one player. If a move is needed, now may be the time to pull the big guns out and take a chance while the window of opportunity is open. Ask the PunditDear Pundit: I’m in a league of 16 and falling fast. I started the season with Gannon (QB-Raiders), Garner (RB-Bucs) and Terrell Owens (WR-Eagles). With Gannon and Garner lost for the season, the only stud left is Owens. The league vulture is offering David Carr (QB-Texans), Mewelde Moore (RB-Vikings) and Eric Moulds (WR-Bills) for Owens. I love Owens but have nothing behind him. Should I do it or not?- Confused in Salt Lake Dear Confused: As you may have guessed, your question and many like it is the inspiration for this week’s subject. Sounds like the vulture is making a pretty good offer for a player that can’t possibly keep up the pace he is on. Bite the bullet and say “yes” to this offer before he moves onto someone else.- The Pigskin PunditQuestion for the Pundit? Send it toPigskinPundit@Hotmail.com


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