By Bobby Wiabel
Being active with trades is a crucial part of running a dynasty league team. One trade can make or break your season, and often the next few seasons. Contenders typically look to trade young prospects for proven talent, whereas a rebuilding team attempts to trade their proven talent for young prospects. Everyone will have their own opinion on how to conduct a trade, but here are some of my rules to the game.
First off, never pay for a player you do not want, whether it is because you don’t like their situation, their talent, age, or just the player in general. People will make offers that may seem even or better but if you do not like the trade then pass. Do not do a trade just because it makes sense, and never let someone talk you into it.
One of the most important things that is often overlooked is having your own rankings system. You should avoid strictly following the standard experts rankings, which a lot of times you will end up disagreeing with anyways. For instance, do not trade Melvin Gordon for CJ Anderson just because your favorite analyst has him ranked higher by whatever ranking system they are using.
In some cases you may be offered an overloaded trade such as a 3 player for 1 or a 4 for 2. Do not be fooled by the quantity of players you will get. You always want to make sure that the guys you are getting are better than the guys you would have to cut to stay within your roster limit.
When someone approaches you about a player, they have already shown their hand. You now can start with the stars and work your way back down to earth. It is now up to you to figure out how much your trade partner likes said player, and what they think he may be worth.
Never undervalue your rookie picks, especially in season, but be careful not to overvalue them as well. It is a fine line, but one that can be easy to stay on. Rookies have such a small window of success that it would not be smart to trade away all of your talent for complete unknowns. So much can change in the course of a season at the NFL and collegiate level.
This next one may seem like a silly rule, but you would be surprised how many times these things get overlooked. Know your league settings and scoring. Many different factors come into play. PPR, superflex, 2 quarterback, IDP, tackle heavy, or big play leagues are just some of the formats you will see throughout the fantasy community. For instance, Jarvis Landry is worth a lot more in a PPR league than he would be in a standard scoring league. Mid tier QB’s have a lot more value in a 2 QB league.
First impressions mean everything in the dynasty community. If you go out and send a bunch of lowball offer to your league mates, you will only makes things harder on yourself. The people in the league will be hesitant to trade with you, for fear that you are ripping them off. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that you start with your max offer, instead start with a fair respectful offer to at least get negotiations started.
If you are on the fence about a trade, one you like, but are not sure you are getting enough value in return, don’t be afraid to ask your friends in the community for advice or a second opinion. I would avoid asking other people in your league, as they may be biased in not wanting you or your trade partner to succeed. I recommend friends from other leagues and an array of forum sites.
Last but not least, always get your guy. You may take a little loss in the trade for the present, but if you believe in their potential do not fret. I will always recommend getting the guys you think will succeed, and the guy you want. I personally made a trade recently that receive quite a bit of slack. I traded Rob Gronkowski for Todd Gurley, but in the end I got the guy I wanted..