By now, you should have an excellent idea of how your team is doing this season. You should know if your team has a chance at winning it all or if you are going to finish in the middle of the pack. If not, you need to figure it out quickly as most leagues have a trade deadline and it is probably approaching very quickly.
Should you sell off all your young up-and-comers for a big bat for the stretch run? Should you trade away that front line starting pitcher for a young franchise cornerstone? These are the questions you need to answer quickly so you have time to put your plan into action.
If you are not in the top half of your league, then you should seriously consider trading all the players who do not have keeper value. Unless you are in legitimate striking distance of first place, now is the time to consider trading in all your big chips for young guns that can be had. If you have A-Rod, consider dealing him to the guy who has Ryan Zimmerman. That owner has a void at 3B and might be interested in trading away his 23-year old phenom for a chance to win it all this season.
Don’t just look at the points between you and first place, but look at the number of teams. Accumulating points is often the easy part. Passing a lot of teams, who are also trying to accumulate those same points, is the hard part. But if you are in striking distance, don’t hold on to tomorrow when today’s championship can be had. Give up your young phenoms to grab an Albert Pujols or a Brandon Webb to win the championship. Isn’t that what it’s all about?