The dynasty trade deadline begins in some leagues as early as Week 12 kickoff, about a week away. The key window is upon dynasty teams to explore team direction-specific trades, whether in or out for the 2022 season. Reference New Reality 183, which breaks down how to assess your team strength beyond a win-low record. Also, hedge on the side of contending. With four weeks to go in the regular season for most dynasty leagues, even being out of the sixth spot (typical playoff cut-off) by two games offers a legitimate chance to make a run. Be realistic but optimistic.
Also, something Jordan McNamara and I have discussed frequently on the Footballguys Dynasty Show is the big difference between not contending this season and still maintaining a focus on contending the following season. Making a trade tilted for the future beyond the current season is different than gutting a team and creating a steeper uphill climb to compete the following year.
Here are suggested target players, at each position, by team direction with their likely cost:
The biggest pieces of advice for contending team trades are:
Make a dynasty trade. Carefully select player profiles that are durable beyond 2022, ideally aiding your title journey for multiple seasons. Generally, older productive players are the ideal subset as their price is a fraction of their younger peers who are similarly productive due to age erosion in the trade market.
Older running backs are typically some of the more treacherous acquisitions if paying a premium, which is why the suggested roster-building methodology includes strongly using the waiver wire, plus drafting them in rookie drafts, preventing the need to trade for the position.
If trading away a future pick (as a contender), include 2023 picks instead of 2024. The phrase which applies here is "control the controllable". The known is you are a contending this year - the biggest factor to where those 2023 picks reside within the round. 2024 picks are unknown, especially relative to the data points known for 2023 picks. Being 10 weeks into this season is a significant advantage to projecting pick ranges compared to a null set of data yet known from the 2023 season.
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