Dynasty Roster Renovation: Business Strategy and Advice (Fantasy Football 2022)

This article will differ slightly from the others in my “Dynasty Renovation” series. We won’t be discussing the specifics, but rather the underlying concepts of renovating your list through trading in general. This is mostly done during the non-point season, but it is not a requirement.

Here are the three main types of trades and when to do them:

Solidify your lineup to win

The first type of trade, and by far my favorite, is where you consolidate your strengths to conquer the title. These are trades where you send depth in exchange for a single player from the starting roster. Think of it like sending Brandon Aiyuk and Keenan Allen for Mike Evans or something similar. The goal is to make your roster as stud-heavy as possible to make your team as dominant as possible for the upcoming season.

The vast majority of times I make trades like this is when my team is in a position to struggle and I’m one or two players away from dominating. Consolidation trades are usually two-to-one, often in the same group of positions, but this is not a requirement. You can make more players in exchange for more players, but the thesis here is that you send more players than you receive.

If you’re a beginner and think your team is in the top half of the league in June or July, this might be a good trade to research to see what you can do. Aim for the bottom of the league. Look for bad teams with one or two stallions that are unable to wrestle. These teams will be more likely to agree to a trade like this, as they are likely looking to split this stud into multiple rising lottery tickets, which is the second type of trade we are going to discuss. Perfect sequence!

Separate players to help rebuild

If you’re not struggling, you’re rebuilding, or at least you should be. That said, these trades are the opposite of consolidation trades. These trades involve sending fewer players than you receive in return. Think of it as dividing a single player’s value into two or more parts that you think will increase in value next year when your team doesn’t need the points to win anything. You want your bench to outrank your lineup, if possible. You want depth to grow on the vine while your range isn’t arguing.

When I make decisive trades, I look for players on the rise on the benches of other teams. It would be like sending your starting RB (JK Dobbins) for bench bits like AJ Dillon and Garrett Wilson. A player like Dobbins has question marks for some people. Still, he’s still one of the top 15 RBs in the Dynasty, so you step back a few spots in Dillon and add a young rookie with an edge in Wilson to close that gap. These trades are hard to find because you need to find a list that is relatively heavy but still has a few mid-depth pieces available to send.

In my experience, these trades are the hardest to make at value. Almost every time the opposing manager will notice what you’re doing and won’t be as receptive to sending their upside assets for a (potentially) downside asset. Dynasty is a long game; many managers retain up-level players longer than down-level players. In consolidation trades, other managers are often much more interested in firing their aging WR for two younger options. It’s just the nature of the game. But by breaking trades, you’re trying to do the opposite without causing your team’s value to drop.

Again, if you’re new to Dynasty, this type of trade is probably not the one I would recommend until you are better able to assess players within your league’s specific economy. . These transactions can quickly cause you to lose overall value if you’re not careful. I’m fine with sending production value in exchange for future business value, but sending a standard for less proven assets is risky. You can’t win everything without taking a bit of a risk, so if you rebuild yourself and are comfortable enough to break your team, go for it. Be careful.


A fair trade that helps both parties

Last but not least is probably the least exciting but also the most necessary business option. In an even trade, you plan to send two players and pick up two players. Most of the time, these trades benefit both teams by meeting their specific needs. These swaps can be made by both contenders and rebuilders, but are often done with roster decisions in mind.

An example of an even trade is the sending off of Nick Chubb and Courtland Sutton for Tee Higgins and Elijah Mitchell. You send Chubb for Higgins and Sutton for Mitchell to make up for the difference in position. You trade your RB value for a WR value while also getting an RB2 for your WR2. You demote in one position while improving in another.

Trades like this are the ones I did the most at first. These are the easiest to find and negotiate with other managers. However, if you approach a team without WR depth, they will be less likely to make this move. So you want to target the heaviest teams where you are the lightest. Think of these trades as ones that benefit everyone equally, regardless of the overall roster makeup. Both managers leave with a more attractive formation.

That said, if you’re rebuilding, I love the idea of ​​doing this trade to send running backs for wide receivers. Wide receivers tend to hold their value longer in the dynasty than running backs. If you rebuild, you shouldn’t worry about your running group. Send them for younger or at least more stable WR assets if you don’t need to win. If you’re competing, you might want to send some WR depth for an RB stud to set yourself up for success on the stretch when injuries occur. Even trades are made to help the long-term goals of both teams, making it one of the most appealing trades in Dynasty.

Other types of trades

These aren’t the only types of trades you can make in Dynasty. There’s the classic “stud for picks” trades, where you send out one or two players for a series of picks in future rookie drafts. That’s fine if you’re rebuilding because picks rarely lose value from year to year and can be acquired for very little the sooner you trade them.

Another fun trade is what is commonly referred to as “drunk trading”. It’s a move that looks good after a few beers, but when you wake up in the morning you can’t remember which side yours was on. I fell victim to a few of them in my time. It’s not the end of the world, but it can be a topic of conversation in league chat if things have gotten stale. Do it at your own risk, of course, but remember it’s also about having fun.

Finally, there is the kind of trading that I call “trade just to trade”. These are trades like Marlon Mack for a third-round pick in 2024. These are small trades at the bottom of your list, just to make a move. These are the best trades to do if you are bored. These can also be useful if your league is outdated, but be careful as they can sometimes have a negative impact in the long run. If other managers see you spamming their inboxes with shitty exchanges, you might scare them off, and you don’t want that. But if it’s fun for you, that’s all that matters.


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