Trading in dynasty leagues is what makes the experience so much fun (besides winning money and garnering bragging rights of course). It’s also how dynasties are constructed, or perpetual cellar dwellers are formed. As in football where “it’s a game of inches,” so too is dynasty a “game of one trade after another.” Depending on how many leagues an owner is in, bullets are potentially flying everywhere in the form of 10 to 20 or more trade offers per week. Thus, any advantage that can be gained in the trade market must be exploited, as small wins over short periods of time lead to great victories over the long haul. Here are five dynasty trading mistakes that are hurting your team long-term:
1) Countering an offer but not rejecting the original offer. I will often send a trade offer to an owner, only to have them send me a counter in return without rejecting my original offer. What is this telling me? It’s often informing me that they are merely trying to get more, and if they can’t get more, they are going to accept my original offer. If I receive a counter and my original offer is still on the table, I will most likely reject and reply in the comments that my original offer is my best offer. In this way, even if I was okay with accepting the counter, I am most likely saving equity by not giving up more in the counter, and yet still getting what I originally wanted in the first place.
2) Accepting an offer without countering. Don’t get me wrong; there are times when you absolutely “snap accept.” For example, if someone offers you Christian McCaffrey and in return, you only have to give a couple 2020 seconds and Tyler Lockett, you absolutely run to the accept button; there is no use in risking a break down in negotiations so that you can counter any offer that you are already clearly winning. Often, however, a trade in your inbox will most likely be relatively balanced or perhaps favor the other person more than you. In these cases, a counter is always the preferred method, assuming you like the pieces you are getting.
3) Never Settle for a trade without extracting maximum value. So, you received a fair offer. Perhaps there was a counter. The trade is relatively close. This is where you need to be cognizant of grabbing a few “throw-ins” to close the deal out on a final counter. This could be as simple as a back-up running back for one of your studs, or the addition of future rookie capital. Even adding another 4th round pick to your squad, though historically unlikely to turn into a starter on your team, adds ammunition for future trades should you be on the other end of this scenario. Every piece matters.
4) Telling other owners that player “x” isn’t for sale. This is dynasty. Every. Player. Is. For. Sale. When an owner comes to me and asks if player “x” is for sale, I always say something to the tune of, “every player is for sale, for the right price.” This keeps the trade winds flowing, and who knows, maybe you will be swept off of your feet on a player you thought no one would ever pay top dollar for. Saquon Barkley is the number one overall dynasty asset, but if you offered me two 2020 firsts, two 2021 firsts, and an upcoming receiver like Christian Kirk, I’d be hard-pressed to say no, especially if I was rebuilding and starting requirements were deep. Every player is for sale.
5) Not sending multiple offers for the asset you want. So, you want to acquire D.J. Moore for whatever reason. If you send one offer for him, you’re doing it wrong. Instead, send multiple offers for Moore. For example, a 2020 first and 2020 second, or Christian Kirk and a 2020 second, or Derrick Henry for Moore straight up. All offers are of similar value, but it gives the person receiving the offer multiple avenues to choose from. Psychologically, it’s as if they are forced to choose an option- the best option of the three choices. Making multiple offers also opens dialogue, as the person receiving the offers now knows multiple assets you are willing to deal. Just make sure that all of the offers you send you are comfortable if they are accepted without a counter.
Trades happen because owners have varying perspectives on the values of players. Win your trades one trade at a time, avoid these mistakes, and you’ll be on your way to building a better dynasty.