Trades in the NFL draft are a bonus to the fun the draft already is, but what is the significance of draft trades when it comes to fantasy football? We’re going to look at Trading Up in the Draft: Targeting Highly Coveted Prospects in Dynasty.
As we continue to count down the days to the NFL draft, everyone is making their best predictions as to who will go where. Along with that, there is a lot of talk about which teams will trade up. Everyone knows that players taken in day one and two of the draft are going to hold some amount of value going into your fantasy draft season. The sleepers usually are the day three players.
So why do teams trade up in the draft? It’s simple; most teams think they can select their next franchise player if they do. Of course I’m referring to early draft picks, not late round picks. Randy Moss’s record breaking season with the Patriots in ’07 came from the Patriots trading a fourth round pick for the then Raiders Randy Moss–a rare example of getting a once and a lifetime talent for a late round pick. My point is that teams trade picks/players for picks/players because they see what could be and pull the trigger, thus taking the risk.
It’s important to take note of players who were traded up for because that means their teams are heavily invested in them. This gives the players a higher chance to get on the field, which gives them a much greater chance to be fantasy relevant. Unfortunately for most players, they don’t even get the opportunity to prove themselves. The fact of the matter is that players can’t score you points if they don’t see any snaps.
There are a lot of factors that go into drafting players in fantasy, but I would encourage you not to overlook those players who were traded up for. They hold a certain level of value that should not be ignored by drafters. Two short years ago, Patrick Mahomes was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs after they traded up to the 10th pick in the draft. Back in 2011, the Atlanta Falcons made a similar move to select Julio Jones. All the way back in 1985, the 16th pick in the draft was traded to the San Francisco 49ers to select none other than the great Jerry Rice.
I know that every player that is traded for isn’t going to turn into a megastar like some of these guys, but NFL scouts around the league do their research. The best in the biz see talent and let the coaching staff know players they can’t pass up on. Be aware and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find the next megastar.
In the opposite way, keep any eye out for players who get traded up for in a position that initially seemed safe and secure. A rumor sprouted a few days before the draft that the New York Giants might want to trade up for Justin Herbert. As a Daniel Jones owner, this makes me weary that the Giants aren’t content with Jones as their organizations future. I’m hoping they are seeing the talent in Herbert to see what the value of the 4th pick in the draft is. When it comes to your 2020 fantasy drafts, maybe you’ll want to be drafting players teams traded up for, or you should think about trading up in the draft in your league.
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