One key to fantasy success is knowing when to unload players headed for a downward spiral and when to gobble up those prospects ready to make a larger contribution. The timing of trading is not about luck, really, but rather about analyzing the injuries, the upcoming schedules, the way players perform, and the little things that happen on Sunday.
Take Colts running back Joseph Addai for example. One of the top rookie draft picks this summer in fantasy league, Addai was pegged to become Edgerrin James' successor in Indianapolis. So far that hasn't happened; Dominic Rhodes actually got the start Sunday night against the Giants. Now those fantasy owners with Addai on their roster are considering him a spot starter with potential. But a careful analysis of the Week 1 outing tells us that Addai could indeed become "the guy" in Indianapolis.
Neither Rhodes nor Addai had a fantasy viable performance (both caught three balls for minimal yardage, both contributed fewer than 30 yards rushing). But what can be taken from the stat sheet is this: Addai averaged nearly four yards per carry compared to Rhodes' 1.8-yard average. Subjectively, Addai simply looked quicker and stronger running the football. The fact that Addai moved the football with consistency against the same staunch New York defense that gave Rhodes so much trouble is a hint that the two players' role could soon be reversed. Fantasy owners know the value a feature back in Indianapolis possesses, so the time to land Addai is now, while he is still considered the No. 2 back behind Rhodes. Waiting another week or two might drive up his asking price, or even worse, make him unattainable.
Here is a list of the players fantasy owners should move quickly to acquire or rid their rosters of: