Dynasty Trade Diary No. 4 – When to Trade Strength for Strength
Image Credit: Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Austin Ekeler.

In Dynasty Trade Diary No. 4, Curtis Patrick shares why he traded away Matthew Stafford for Austin Ekeler in a Superflex Dynasty League.

Dynasty Trade Diary No. 4 – When to Trade Strength for Strength

Entry No. 4

Today’s entry covers a roster-reshaping trade I made to transform a low-end playoff squad into a clear contender.

League: Black Crown Dynasty League

Format: 1QB, TE Premium scoring

Lineups: Start 11 (1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Superflex, 3 Flex)

Notable Assets (Pre-Trade)

QB – Jalen Hurts, Deshaun Watson, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Mitchell Trubisky

RB – James ConnerChase EdmondsJames RobinsonCordarrelle Patterson, Tyler Allgeier

WR – Deebo Samuel, Tyreek HillTyler Boyd, Allen LazardJalen Tolbert, Marvin Jones, Will Fuller

TE – Evan EngramTyler Higbee

2023 Rookie Picks – Full set, rounds 1-4

Notes

Startup Draft in 2020

2020 – Playoff No. 2 Seed, eliminated in Semifinal Round

2021 – Playoff No. 6 Seed, eliminated in Wild Card Round

This squad has been in the hunt since the inception of the league but hasn’t claimed a title yet. Check out the murderer’s row of fantasy analysts playing in my signature invitational league:

Me | Shawn Siegele | Ryan McDowell | Scott Barrett | JJ Zachariason | Rich Hribar | Pat Kerrane | Danny Kelly | Ian Hartitz | John Daigle | Tyler Buecher | TJ Calkins

It’s never going to be an easy league to win.

Like Shawn Siegele, I prefer to operate in the Perennial Championship Windowso tearing this squad to bits for rookie picks alone (despite its veteran-heavy makeup) simply isn’t an option. The goal here is to close a few deals to optimize my weekly starting lineup while also adding some additional draft capital to invest in the highly acclaimed 2023 class next year.

The position group I preferred to trade from was my quarterback room. With a start-two-per-week cap, being four or five deep at the position is an unnecessary luxury.

Shawn Siegele and I negotiated for about a week and had some loose, mutually beneficial framework built, but when push came to shove, he was really focused on acquiring Hurts, and that’s the one quarterback I didn’t have interest in moving. With talks fizzling in recent days, I was starting to think I’d have to wait until midseason to make big moves.

Luckily, I had the chance to have dinner two nights in a row with a few of my Black Crown Dynasty League mates at the Fantasy Football Expo in Canton, Ohio. It was awesome to get a chance to catch up in person with my former podcast partner (and dynasty Mount Rushmore analyst) Ryan McDowell, RotoViz legend Rich Hribar (now with Sharp Football), and John Daigle (4For4). On the second night, I closed two deals; one with Ryan,[1] and one with John, which is covered in this article.

Before you see what our big trade was, be sure to check out my prior Dynasty Trade Diary entries:

Dynasty Trade Diary No. 3 – Adding WR2 Firepower

Dynasty Trade Diary No. 2 – How To Trade Up In Your Rookie Draft

Dynasty Trade Diary No. 1 – I Traded Justin Herbert And Rebuilt A Roster

Ok, now for the recently completed transaction.

The Trade

Sent:

Matthew StaffordTyler Boyd

Received:

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 I’ll review it in a future piece

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Curtis Patrick

RotoViz Co-Owner. Host, Dynasty Command Center Podcast. High Stakes Dynasty Champion. Top-12 Finisher in 2020 FFPC Main Event. Champion, Inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame King’s Classic League.

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