Trades and Surplus with Justin Vibber

Justin Vibber joins the show to talk surplus and trade deadlines.

Keep or Kut – Chad (@chadyoung) is joined by Justin Vibber (@justinvibber), creator of the Ottoneu Surplus Calculator, which you can find at his Patreon ( Chad and Justin talk about surplus, trade deadline deals, and a couple of case studies to help think through trade decisions.

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2:08 – What is the Surplus Calculator, why does it matter, and how does the concept of surplus matter in fantasy baseball?

8:33 – Justin answers our regular question: what are the unique rules you use in your keeper leagues?

16:20 – Surplus is associated with the off-season, but how does it impact your thinking this time of year?

19:31 – Case Study #1 – Looking at Chad’s situation in Ottoneu league 32

24:22 – Is surplus the only consideration for you as a seller?

28:18 – Thinking about H2H trades vs. season-long points or roto

32:05 – Reliever strategy in h2h vs. best ball

37:14 – The importance of SP depth in H2H

41:02 – Trading George Kirby for two SP?

45:28 – How league context drives trade decisions

49:15 – Case Study #2 – A big trade for Jacob Degrom, the importance of leverage in trades and targeting unique players you can’t replace.


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Chad Young

Chad is a long-time fantasy player and baseball fan, who learned to love the game watching 100 loss teams in the truly awful Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Chad writes Going Deep for Pitcher List and co-hosts the Keep or Kut podcast on the Pitcher List Podcast Network. Chad is also one of the creators of ottoneu and you can hear him on the Ottobot Podcast and read his work on FanGraphs.

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