By Jay Myers

I’ve been playing dynasty format since ’08 with countless championships across the 18+ leagues I play in per year.  Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I have issues, and that I might need some addiction help.  I go through actual withdrawals if I go too long without making a trade.  There’s just something about constructing a deal, negotiating it with another owner, and then going back and forth until it’s finalized.  I get a natural high from it to be honest and the result is trade, trades, and more completed trades.

The purpose of this ongoing article is to give you some insight into the deals I make across the 18 leagues I play in.  From the thoughts and strategies that make it a win/win deal for not only myself but the other owners I deal with.  The goal is not to get a steal, but to make a deal that works for both sides.  This is needed if you want to have healthy long-term trade relationships across your leagues, if you build a reputation of trying to get over on folks then you will eventually burn all your bridges and no one will want to deal with you.

Here re we go, jump in the mind of a mad man.

July Trades:

7/6 – DFWC 26 – Gave Kevin White, Mike Gillislee and Frank Gore and received Keenan Allen and Cole Beasley.  I had RB depth to spare and have been looking to upgrade Kevin White.  While I still love his potential he has become a risk in a make-or-break year 3 for the Bears.  K.Allen carries injury risk as well, but his current value is greater than what I gave in my opinion and I’m in win-now mode.  I also own Dez so Beasley is a cheap insurance policy just in case due to his recent injury history.

June Trades:

6/23 – Mafia Wars – Gave McCaffery, Thielen and received M.Gordon, Farrow – While I really like McCaffery I didn’t feel comfortable rolling him out there as my RB2 each week and I had WR depth to spare.  Adding Gordon to my starting lineup with Fournette is definitely a plus for this season.

6/20 – Mafia Wars – Gave Paxton Lynch and ’18 2nd for Big Ben – With only Wentz at QB I was in major need of a QB1 and I love Ben this year with Bryant returning to the mix.  I still don’t buy his retirement talk as long as their core of Bell, Brown, Bryant are intact.  I love Wentz long-term but couldn’t risk it with him as my primary starter for ’17.

6/14 – Mafia Wars – Gave David Johnson, Perriman, 2.01, 2.11, 3.01 and received Cooper and 1.05 which turned into McCaffery who I then moved with Thielen for M.Gordon.  As much as I love DJ I want to diversify my leagues as I own him all over.  Love Cooper who will only get better and getting McCaffery was a no-brainer.

6/11 – DFWC46 – Gave Treadwell and ’18 1st and received D.Parker – Tons of hype around Parker for the 2nd straight off-season but it’s a calculated risk with huge upside.  Treadwell may still turn it around and I still believe in him, but felt this was a solid move for my team.

6/9 – DFWC26 – Gave D.Murray, Pryor, ’18 1st and received M.Gordon and K.White.  While many are off the White train I still believe he can be a dominant force in this league, he definitely comes with a lot of risk but I love moving Murray for Gordon.  Murray’s stock is way down and wasn’t fetching much on the open market so this was as good as it gets if I wanted to unload him before his stock totally tanks due to age and Henry eating into his workload.

6/8 – DFW IDP 36 – Gave D.Baldwin and SS Kenny Vaccaro and received Corey Davis – This was prior to the Decker signing but regardless I’m still stoked to get Davis as I think he is an absolute beast who will be a dominant force for years to come.  His size/speed combo with his YAC ability are very rare.

6/8 – Minnesota Manix – Gave Jeremy McNichols and ’18 2nd and received Ty Montgomery and ’18 4th – Ty is one of my favorite cheap RB buys this off-season as there is a lot of skepticism just because they drafted a bunch of cheap RBs.  I think he will be a major surprise this season.

6/6 – DFW48 – Traded my ’18 4th for 4.08 – I’ve had good luck over the past few years snatching players in the 3rd or 4th round that actually end up producing in the NFL and there are some targets I like in the 4th this year that I want to take a swing at.

6/3 – DFW48 – I gave Antonio Brown and A.Hooper and got Michael Thomas and Joe Mixon – I was looking for a way to get Mixon and the owner also had Thomas who I love.  We went back and forth on potential trades until we got this one done due to the other owner needing some upside at TE.

6/1 – DFW48 – Gave Gordon, Mixon, Gore for L.Bell – This was a power move trying to get a top-3 stud RB where I already grabbed Montgomery to man the RB3 spot behind Zeke and Bell.  I already had a game-plan in mine on how to get Mixon back too.

6/1 – DFW48 – Gave B.Cooks and got DT and Montgomery – For some reason I’m just not sold on Cooks who has never really been consistent playing outdoors with a lot of competition for targets in NE between Edelman, Gronk, James White, Mitchell, Hogan, etc.  I think DT bounces back with Mike McCoy back in town and Montgomery is the most underrated RB in all of dynasty right now in my opinion.  He’ll be a low-end RB1 in that offense with gaping holes to run through as a 3-down RB who can catch 10-plus passes in a game if needed.  I was also in the market for a RB with another trade for L.Bell in the works where I would be giving up Gordon, Mixon, Gore which you’ll see above.

May Trades:

5/31 – DFW48 – Gave 1.04 and 3.10 for 1.03 and grabbed Mixon.

5/31 – DFW48 – Gave 1.03, Jared Cook and 2.08 and got 1.04, Rudolph and 3.10.

5/30 – DFW48 – Gave J.Charles and got 2.08.  I am still holding out some hope for Charles, but at this point I wanted to use the 2nd as a trade chip in another deal.

5/30 – DFW48 – Gave 1.05 and Rudolph and got 1.03.  Kelce is my starting TE and this leaves me thin behind him with just Cooks and Higbee, but I should be able to find a serviceable option down the line if needed. I love McCaffery, Mixon and Cook but this gives me more leverage to trade for a proven RB if wanted.

5/28 – DFW48 – Gave Hilton, 1.04, projected top-3 ’18 1st, ’18 4th, AZ defense and received Mike Evans and Diggs.  Evans is my #1 dynasty player and I love Diggs more than most.  Looking to win-now so the ’18 first was expendable and Diggs can be used to find a RB if needed as Gore and Charles are all that I have behind Zeke and Gordon.

5/25 – DFW48 – Gave 1.01, ’18 late 1st, Powell, Fitz, ’18 3rd and received Melvin Gordon and 1.05.  Gordon is the perfect RB to snag after losing DJ in the previous deal.  He’s a top-5 RB and only 24 years old with no more Woodhead in the mix.

5/25 – DFW48 – Gave DJ and got 1.01, 1.04, projected top-3 ’18 1st and Frank Gore.  Needed to add RB depth and felt confident I could use pieces in this deal to find a competent RB to use moving forward with top-5 RB production.

5/19 – DFW48 – I gave Jordan Reed, ’18 2nd and I received Travis Kelce, ’18 3rd and 4th.  Kelce is my #2 rated TE behind Gronk and it’s a small price to pay in order to upgrade from Reed who will be a concussion scare from here on out.

5/17 – DFWC26 – At this point in the start-up draft I have the below starters and bench players.  As you can see I’m in trouble at RB with only Ameer, Perine, Kamara, I have some good young talent but nothing definitive for the ’17 season to try and compete.  I had been working with another owner on a deal for the last two days and we went back and forth many times until we completed the following trade.  I gave D.Parker, 13.10 pick which was 3 away at the time, 15.10 and a ’18 2nd and I recieved Jay Ajayi, 15.02 and 17.02.  I really needed an RB1 and Ajayi was taken at 3.02 while I snagged Parker at 5.02.  The future 2nd was fair in my book and the pick swaps this late in the draft aren’t deal killers to plug the hole I had.  The other team was strong at RB and weak at WR while I was strong at WR and weak at RB so these are the types of win/win deals that make this so fun.

Previous Starters: Stafford, Abdullah, Perine, Julio, Watkins, Alshon, Ebron, Diggs, Parker

New Starters: Stafford, Ajayi, Abdullah, Julio, Watkins, Alshon, Ebron, Diggs, K.White or possibly Perine

Bench: Perine, Kamara, Treadwell

5/17 – DFWC26 – I gave an OTC 12.10 pick and a ’18 3rd for Stafford.  QBs went surprisingly early in this draft and I really thought Stafford was going to slide to me at 12.10 but he went two picks prior as the other owner’s 2nd QB. That left options like Big Ben and his retirement concerns, Dalton, Palmer, Tanny, etc.  Not too pretty, so I coughed up the 3rd which is fine to ensure a top-10 dynasty QB in the bottom of the 12th while stocking up at other positions.

5/11 – DFWC26 – I gave 6.05, 8.03 and I got 6.09, 7.04 – Plenty of targets so I traded down and selected Kevin White and moved up a round from the 8th to 7.04.

5/10 – DFWC26 – I gave 5.05, 6.02, 12.03 and I got 5.03, 6.05, 12.10 – I really wanted DeVante Parker in this spot as I still believe he has the tools to become a WR1 in fantasy.  Recent talk from the coaching staff and media suggest he’s in for a big season.  It’s hard to believe everything you hear in the off-season, but this is a good calculated risk in the 5th compared to his late 2nd to early 3rd start-up value this time last year.

5/8 – DFWC 26 – I gave David Johnson, Jeremy Maclin, CJ2K, ’18 2nd and 3rd and received DeAndre Hopkins, Joe Mixon, Gio Bernard – While I love DJ and own him all over, I really liked the idea of adding a young elite WR like Hopkins while also getting a young potential stud RB with L. Bell type qualities. The more I watch of Mixon the more I love his game, he’s a beast.

5/8 – DFWC 46 – I gave an OTC pick 3.05, 7.10, 9.10 for 3.06, 7.06, 9.06 – Still had plenty of targets so I was ok moving down 1 spot for a few small bumps later on.

5/8 – DFW36 IDP – I gave Vernon Davis, Malik Jackson DT, Akiem Hicks DE for Josh Gordon – Looking to grab Gordon before as a flier in case he is reinstated, this could end up looking real cheap or a garbage move.  50/50

5/7 – DFW36 IDP – I gave Larry Fitz, Robert Woods, ’18 2nd and 3rd and received Doug Baldwin – Really wanted to upgrade the older Fize, Baldwin is 29 with 3 years left if not more of solid WR2 production.

5/7 – DFWC 46 – I gave 3.01, 6.03 and received 3.05, 5.05 – Still had plenty of WR’s I liked at this point to risk moving down 4 spots while getting a bump from the 6th to the 5th.

5/7 – DFWC 46 – I gave 3.01, 6.03 for 3.05, 5.05 – Same story, had plenty of targets so I was ok moving down while grabbing pick bumps down the road.

5/7 – DFWC 46 – I gave Allen Robinson, 3.09 for 2.12, 3.01 – I was able to grab Sammy Watkins at 2.12 who I value almost similarly to ARob and I got bumped up from 3.09 to 3.01.

5/6 – DFWC 46 – I gave 2.03, 4.02 and received 2.04, 3.09 – Love start-up drafts where you can move up or down depending on where the value is.

5/5 – DFWC 46 – I gave 1.10, 3.10, 5.10 and received 1.08, 4.02, 6.02 – This allowed me to grab Julio at 8th overall which is insane IMO.

5/5 – DFW36 IDP – I gave Burkhead, Jordan Reed, ’18 1st and received Ameer Abdullah and Gronk – Wanted to address my RB3 spot behind Zeke and DJ and I am still an Ameer believer and while both Gronk and Reed are injury-prone Gronk can be an even bigger weekly match-up if he can stay healthy.

5/2 – DFWC 40 – I gave 1.02 and got Melvin Gordon – Essentially gave up Fournette or Davis for Gordon.  A slight bit of buyers remorse here, but ultimately at the end of the day this is a team built to win now so Gordon carries less risk short-term and should produce consistent stats

5/1 – DFWC 40 – I gave 1.03, 2.08, 6.11 and received 1.02, 4.02, 5.11 – The goal was to guarantee a pick of Fournette or Davis as they are the clear top-2 picks for me.  I like McCaffery at 1.03 but there is a decent size gap for me personally.

 

Well, that’s it so far for May, what do you like or don’t like?  Hit me up in the comments below.  Have a trade question, hit me up below or shoot me an email on the contact form.