The Counselor is IN:
*All Star Game
The All Star Game is upon on. This gives fantasy owners a break for a few days. This is the perfect time to inspect your team. Examine where you are strong and weak. You need to know what your needs are.
Some leagues, like my AL Only League, have their trade and contract extension deadlines during the All Star Game. Re-examine your rules if you do not know when your deadlines are. If the All Star Game is your deadline, then you need to start working the phones.
* Question of the Week
My stud pitcher was traded to the National League in my American League only fantasy league. What should I do now?
Firstly, I feel your pain. If your rules allow you to pick up a free agent for the lost player, do so as soon as possible. If you are in contention, you will want to examine trade options to try to pick up a stud pitcher that is not on the MLB trading blocks. You may not get a trade that you want but you do not know until you ask. I would keep your eyes open and talk to the other owners to see what is available at what kind of price. If you are out of contention, then you have to decide if you want to trade off your other good players or not. If you are in a keeper league, you can score a lot of good young cheap players. If it is a re-draft league, then try to keep the best team possible for pride.