Fantasy Baseball Trade Chart: Week 5 (2021)
It’s finally time to accept that your pre-season projections may have been wrong.
Being patient is one of the most important qualities that any fantasy baseball manager can have. Watching a player in whom you are heavily invested struggle for the first two-plus weeks can be maddening and make you want to immediately think about moving on, even if a trade would net a return of only 70 cents on the dollar. But a slow start can turn into a fast one in an instant, and fantasy managers need to trust that all the offseason work they put in outweighs a couple of slow weeks.
You’re allowed at this point to view the data that we’ve acquired so far in 2021 as more than just noise. It can, and should, begin to have a significant impact on how you view a player. And, with that in mind, you’ll see a bit more movement than usual in our weekly rotisserie-league trade chart. But, as you’ll see, values still don’t correspond anywhere close to a player’s 2021 performance exactly.
Your values should be a blend of your pre-season rankings/projections with what a player’s current performance is telling you. But, rest assured, the time to dismiss a slow or fast start as simply a streak has come to an end.
A reminder: the values, which were designed for 12-team rotisserie leagues, are just that: trade values. They’re not FAB or any other measurement. When considering a trade, just add up the values on both sides of the deal to see which team comes out ahead.
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