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Dynasty Trade Time: Looking Back

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hello Dynasty Owners. Thank you once again for joining me and for continuing to support this wonderful platform. Today, I will be continuing my Trade Time series. Last week I introduced this article series that I will be presenting through at least the end of this year. In this series, I will be highlighting the Trade Calculator that has been newly released by Dynasty Owner. All of the trades that I discuss will be looked at through the “eyes” of the Trade Calculator.

As I mentioned last week…this is just a tool. It should not be used as the only factor for making a trade. This tool should be combined with team needs and current team philosophy in order to help make the correct decision regarding a trade. Here is more info about the Trade Calculator since I was somewhat vague in describing it last week.

First off, the Trade Calculator is continuously updated. It takes info and data from several different websites and compiles it into one place. As a player’s stats and team conditions change, so will the player’s value. It might be difficult to see value fluctuations in the off-season, but things will ramp up once players start producing actual Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As I said last week, this Trade Calculator also takes contracts and salaries into account. Real-life NFL contracts and salaries are the most unique aspect of Dynasty Owner, and it is one of the biggest reasons that established dynasty fantasy football players are drawn to the platform. The Trade Calculator takes contract years left and salary into account when it analyzes each trade.

I hope this gives you a little more insight into how the program operates. For now, let’s break down some real life Dynasty Owner trades and see what the Trade Calculator thinks about them.

Real Trades

Austin Ekeler ($6,125,000)

For the first trade today, I’m going to look back at one of my favorite trades that I made this offseason in one of my Dynasty Owner leagues.

 PlayerPositionSalaryYears Left on ContractAgeValue
Team AMiles SandersRB$6,350,0004263876
 Quentin JohnstonWR$3,547,1954214599
 2024 2nd Round2250
Team BAustin EkelerRB$6,125,0001284789
Results124% In Favor Of Team A    

In this trade, I am team B.  I traded Miles Sanders, 2023 1.07 rookie draft pick and a 2024 2nd rookie draft pick for Austin Ekeler. The 1.07 rookie draft pick this year that I traded away ended up exchanging hands again, and it eventually turned into Quentin Johnston. So which side would you rather have?  Clearly the Trade Calculator heavily favors Sanders’ side, and I have to say that I can’t disagree from a value standpoint. Team A is getting incredible youth compared to Team B. I think that on paper the clear choice is Team A.

However, I can understand the logic if you want to take the Team B side (as I did). I don’t think anyone would argue that Team B is getting the best player in the trade. While this isn’t always the case, more often than not I try to make sure that no matter what or who is involved in a trade, that I get the best player. In this case, I sold an established RB moving to a new team in Miles Sanders and two unproven players/picks for an elite RB. I think it goes without saying, but I’m going to state it anyway…I am in win-now mode with my team from League #30057 in which I made this trade. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pair Ekeler with Josh Allen ($43,005,667), Jalen Hurts ($1,506,293), Derrick Henry ($12,500,000), Justin Jefferson ($3,280,701) and Dallas Goedert ($14,250,000). With Hurts’ salary increasing to $51 million next season and Justin Jefferson playing for at least a minimum of $19.743 million on his fifth year option, it’s clear that I’m not going to be able to keep this team intact in 2024 so making a push for a League Championship and maybe being the Chase for the Ring Champion is a great strategy.

Once again, it’s a great idea to use the Trade Calculator as a way to get the conversation started on a trade like this one with a potential trade partner.

Sam Howell ($1,005,400) and Brock Purdy ($934,252)

I love this trade because of its simplicity. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a one for one player trade.

 PlayerPositionSalaryYears Left on ContractAgeValue
Team ASam HowellQB$1,005,4003223287
Team BBrock PurdyQB$934,2523233864
Results18% In Favor Of Team B    

This is a trade that took place less than four hours before I started writing this article and almost right after Howell was named as the starting QB for the Commanders.  It occurred in one of my Dynasty Owner BETA leagues, and it was accomplished by two seasoned Dynasty Owners.  So, what do we think about it?

I would say that for the most part it is a lateral move for either side. I don’t think anyone expects Howell or Purdy to become a QB1 for any Dynasty Owner team this year. This means that each Dynasty Owner is staking their flag on the opposite player and saying, “he will be better than the player I currently have.” I love the commitment to each player, and I love that this deal was able to get done. For what it’s worth, I agree with the Trade Calculator as I would rather have Purdy on my roster for the foreseeable future than Howell. I like the fact that the 49ers are a better offense and I see many more scoring opportunities for Purdy. I also see Purdy having a longer leash with the starting QB position when compared to Howell.


Regardless of what side you fall on for these trades, I hope I’ve shown that the Trade Calculator can be a valuable asset for every Dynasty Owner who is looking to make a trade. It is a fantastic tool to get the conversation started, and it should at least be peeked at before any trade is offered and/or accepted.

As always, thank you for reading. If anyone has any suggestions on real trades that were either accepted or rejected that they would like me to analyze, please let me know.  I would appreciate it if you followed @Dynasty_Owner on X/Twitter as well as subscribed to Dynasty Owner on YouTube. Thank you all. Take care and be safe.


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