Beat the Shift Podcast – Trading Ethics Episode

The Trading Ethics Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

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  • The ethics of making late season trades
    • Trading in redraft leagues late in the season – trades between a top team to a middle/bottom team
  • What should a team well out of the money be compelled to do down the stretch, and what should they not be allowed to do (if any)?
  • The Mathematics of a Fair Fantasy Sports Trade (article linked)
    • Making a team “better” – is it a higher points total potential, or a higher probability of winning / cashing in a league?
  • Measures that we can take to prevent late season ethics issues, and still keep engagement
    • Changing trade rules
    • Adding engagement deterrents
    • Penalties for bottom finishers

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4 months ago

In an AL-only 10tm keeper league, an August 1st trade deadline, then one more month of trading to adjacent teams. Is it unethical for two of the top teams despite being locks for money finishes at worst to sell out for questionable keepers?