Getting rid of a player when he has hit his peak can be beneficial. This means that his production will only decrease from that point on. Actually pinpointing that time can be difficult, but if you can trade him and get great value in return, that is called selling high. You obviously aren’t always looking to deal your best players, but if you have a guy who is putting up numbers that you know aren’t sustainable, look to trade that player for someone who has yet to reach his potential. When trying to figure out if you need to sell high on a player, one thing to look at is his performance in past seasons. Does he typically start hot and then cool down in the second half of the year? If so, he might be a good candidate. It’s possible that your WR who has been on an absolute tear has been playing against some really bad pass defenses. Poor defenses inflate numbers. You need to be paying attention to that because other owners in your league may not!
Did you pick up a running back who has gone from dud to stud? Are his numbers good because he is filling in for an injured starter? How long will your guy continue to start? These are questions to ask yourself because your RB could take a serious dip quickly. If he’s going to give his starting spot make, you might want to trade him while the value is still relatively high. As I alluded to earlier, if you have a player on a hot streak, one of the best things you can do is look at other rosters and see which normally great players are on a cold streak. Cold streaks = frustrated owners. Sometimes you can pair your hot player with another decent play to acquire the superstar who hasn’t been super yet. I’m always amazed at how many fantasy owners are so quick to get rid of really good players because they have had a few bad weeks in a row.