Dynasty Hot Routes: Ages of the Trading Spectrum

The mission of this article is to make our in-house experts sizzle and bristle over the hot-button issues that face Dynasty owners. Our experts make the entire route tree HOT as they address topics from the world of IDP, Devy, Start/sit, Non-PPR, PPR and everything in between. Try not to get burned by all the fiery YAC below! This is Dynasty Hot Routes!

Camp is here! Soon every team will be playing preseason games. As a Dynasty owner, how do you watch and evaluate NFL exhibition games?

Kyle Francis@FranchiseKFLike any God-fearing-American, I watch preseason football from my oversized jacuzzi tub. I worry more about keeping the appropriate temperature than what transpires on the field. I enjoy watching some rookies play, but generally don’t think there is much to be gleaned.

Scott Osterloh@FF_EvilEmpire: Reading Kyle’s response, I think he’s got the right idea!  My preseason routine involves checking the box scores for games two and three while skipping weeks one and four entirely. If I notice an “unknown” player has a big game, I may check his tape for the “it” factor. If news of an injury pops up, I may watch the backup to the injured player; that’s about it, though.

John DiBari@dibari22:  The only thing I’m interested in is who is getting the first team reps and what receivers are getting the most snaps with their quarterbacks. Everything else is smoke and mirrors nonsense.

Have you made any post rookie draft trades involving the 2018 rookies you just selected?

Kyle Francis@FranchiseKFI traded Mark Walton and a first round Devy pick (Year 2) for Oklahoma Sophomore WR CeeDee Lamb. If you don’t play Devy, that likely means nothing to you. I traded Rashaad Penny and Darren Sproles for Charles Clay and AJ Green. I’m a serious contender, need help at WR, and could use an extra option at TE. It worked out well for both parties. I’ve been approached for my shares of Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, but I’m in process of acquiring him right now, not shipping him off.

Scott Osterloh@FF_EvilEmpire: Post rookie draft, my Dynasty leagues have been extremely quiet. Got an offer to sell Lamar Jackson in a package for Marvin Jones, but that never got legs.

John DiBari @dibari22: I’ve had a few offers thrown my way for Jaylen Samuels, but he’s one of “my guys” and nobody is willing to really overpay yet. I’ve thrown a few feelers out there too, but no one in my leagues is looking to move any of their shiny new toys just yet.

What advice would you give someone who is trying to sell aging veterans?

Kyle Francis @FranchiseKF: Don’t do it! I’m generally the one acquiring aging wide receivers and tight ends. I’m all about trying to nab guys like Delanie Walker, Jared Cook, and Chuck Clay. In my experiences, you can grab more value when trading for veterans than you can get from shipping them off. If you aren’t a contender, perhaps you can come out well if you ship off your 30+ year olds for younger players to help your rebuild.

Scott Osterloh@FF_EvilEmpire: A lot of times you need to add a “kicker”, (ie something to sweeten the pot) to make the deal. When you add that something extra, most times those deals feel one sided against you, but remember you’re selling 1-2 years of value for possibly five or more years worth of value in young talent.

John DiBari @dibari22: It all depends on roster construction and whether your team is rebuilding or in win-now mode. If I’m looking to get younger and rebuild, I’d dumping anyone nearing their 30th birthday. But if I’m looking at potential deep playoff run, I’m sending out offers for older guys that can help me win now.


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