Are you getting ready for a fantasy football draft?
What if I told you that using a unique style of draft pick trading, you could essentially move your 3rd- and 5th-round picks up into the 2nd-round, while still keeping your 1st- and 2nd-round picks?
You’d probably call me nuts, because what I’m essentially suggesting is that you could have these picks:
What Trading Up Can Get You?
1.02, 2.01, 2.04, 2.05, 4.05, 7.09, 9.03, 16.11, 17.02, 18.11, 19.02, and a whole bunch of 20+ round picks received as a part of all the trade-ups, etc.
… all while only moving the following picks down: 6th, 8th, 10th-15th round picks down….
Because all of this pick trading movement is hard to imagine, I have mocked-up what owning these selections would look like (post-trade selections represented in blue):
* Keep in mind this is a PPR dynasty start-up draft, with line-up requirements of 1QB, 2RBs, 3WRs, 1Flex, 1TE, 1DST and 1K
Even if you are a conservative drafter, which I’m not, and you like depth, the layout of draft selections above doesn’t seem possible, right? Well, it is, because these are the exact draft selections that I acquired in a recent start-up dynasty expert league, and I maneuvered into these picks through a series of 7+ trades, all of which I have listed below:
www.DraftCalc.com gets: 2.04, 15.09
www.ProFootballFocus.com gets: 4.11 & 5.02
www.DraftCalc.com gets: 2.05, 3.08 & 7.08
www.DynastyFootballWarehouse.com gets: 2.11, 3.02 & 7.02
www.DraftCalc.com gets: 2.01, 12.01 & 16.01
www.DoAWildThing.com gets 3.08, 6.11 & 7.08
www.DraftCalc.com gets: 4.04, 21.09 & 22.04
www.ProFootballFocus.com gets: 8.11, 9.02 & 12.01
www.DraftCalc.com gets: 7.10 & 22.03
www.FantasyFootballHelpDesk.net gets: 10.11 & 11.02
www.DraftCalc.com gets: 4.05, 11.08 & 12.06
www.DynastyFootballWarehouse.com gets: 4.04, 12.11 & 13.02
www.DraftCalc.com gets: Vincent Jackson, 14th, 15th & 16th
www.SecondCityFanatics.com gets: Michael Turner, 20th, 21st & 22nd
As you can see above, it’s not like any one of those trades was extremely in our favor, except for the first trade, where we acquired the 2nd-round using our 4th- and 5th-round picks… in many of the other cases, some would suggest we gave up way too much depth… it’s almost like a pyramid-style concept, well, in a way… you move one pick (let’s say a 4th up to the 2nd) up a TON using another later pick… then you keep moving your next pick back up in the current mix using two later picks, just like the example I just cranked out… once you do this 4-6 times, you will run out of suitors, no question, so be prepared for that, and of course you will eventually run out of attractive draft selections to even trade… but the concept is to give a little extra here, and there, in order to continue moving your most current pick up in the draft.
I can’t tell you how many times I’d be left without a pick for what looked like 5-7 rounds, but through the sending out of mass trade offers, I managed to do more 2-for-1-type trades and move back into the current mix of picks (ex: 8th and 9th for a 6th, and so on). Yes, you continue to lose more and more depth throughout this process, but as I mentioned, I’m not a conservative drafter, and as you can see below, our line-up still filled out quite nicely. Take a look:
Ok, it sounds great, right? But, what could our line-up possibly look like after trading away so much middle- and late-round depth? Take a look at our team below, but keep in mind that this draft is still ongoing, but it’s winding down, which is where a lot of our picks are coming up. And remember, this is a start-up dynasty league, so we will have these big name players for years to come. View the draft log here.
QB1: Michael Vick (4.05)
RB1: Arian Foster (1.02)
RB2: Darren McFadden (2.01)
WR1: Julio Jones (2.04)
WR2: Dez Bryant (2.05)
WR3: Vincent Jackson (acquired in a trade using our 7.09 selection)
Flex: Santana Moss (16.11)
TE: Jermaine Gresham (9.03)
Bench: Kevin Kolb, Tim Tebow, Knowshon Moreno, Armon Binns, Chris Polk… view all rosters.
Talk about this trading style, and this draft, on our fantasy football forums!