trades that did not happen

The other day I was listening to the latest Dynasty Nerds Podcast on buy low and sell high candidates. Although the players to target is subjective, the hosts gave great insight into trade strategy. Most compelling, was that small trades are the keys to long-term dynasty success. It is a logical viewpoint that often gets clouded by teams aiming for the big win.

As discussed earlier this week, I was able to execute two trades for my dynasty team that embraces this philosophy. But what about the trades that ultimately are not completed. Below are a two proposals I made and two that I received, which ultimately did not move forward.


Give – Dion Lewis; Receive – Jarvis Landry. The team owner with Jarvis Landry was seeking RB depth. In addition to my offer, he was entertaining two other proposals for a one-to-one swap; Duke Johnson. and T.J. Yeldon. Since WR was a position of strength, I backed off and made a different proposal. Coincidentally, I ended up acquiring Duke Johnson for myself.

Give – Dion Lewis + 2016 1.05; Receive – Melvin Gordon + 2016 1.07 + 2016 1.10. Same owner as above. He was chasing RB depth so aimed to get an extra pick and swap for a RB with (IMHO) better upside. Owner was on the fence and chose to wait on a decision.


Give – Antonio Brown; Receive – Andrew Luck. Proposal was initiated by my questioning what the owner would want for Andrew Luck. A one-to-one trade did not provide me with enough value to part with a high-floor WR with upside, and was declined. This owner made a counter-proposal of Drew Brees + Demaryius Thomas which was also declined.

Give – Dion Lewis; Receive – Michael Crabtree OR Breshad Perriman. This owner was also seeking RB depth. The proposal was generally fair, but was not sold on the long term prospects of either receiver. This proposal lead to the trade I made for Charles Sims.

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