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What Is A Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer?

A fantasy trade analyzer allows the user to examine whether a potential trade in a fantasy football league may be to their benefit or not. Judging the value of fantasy assets is always tough and somewhat user-dependent. By utilizing a fantasy trade analyzer, you can see how those players are valued by our experts when it comes to different league formats.

Whether that be a dynasty or redraft league, 1QB, or a Superflex format, the trade analyzer will calculate the merits of the trade across three standard scoring formats and tell you whether we would recommend making that deal or not.

Our fantasy experts, led by Kyle Yates, have over 35 years of fantasy experience. We regularly review our redraft and dynasty rankings to ensure they are up to date with the latest news and context from around the NFL.

How To Use PFN's Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer

Our fantasy trade analyzer is extremely simple to navigate for managers. Simply select whether you are playing in a redraft or dynasty league, your scoring system, and whether the league is a 1QB or Superflex format. The user inputs players on both sides of the potential trade before pressing the “Analyze Trade” button. The system will then convert each side of the trade into a relative value and recommend whether the user should or should not make the trade.

If you are playing in a dynasty league, our trade analyzer also allows users to see how future draft picks are valued compared to current assets. To include future draft picks, simply select "+Add Future Draft Pick" and find the relevant pick from the drop-down menu.

What Is the Difference Between Dynasty and Redraft Leagues?

In a dynasty league, users carry their roster across multiple seasons, making adjustments throughout, and supplementing the players with yearly rookie drafts. It’s feasible in a dynasty league to have a player on your roster from their first snap in the league through until they retire. That makes this the ultimate strategy game of balancing short-term and long-term value for players.

In contrast, redraft leagues are all about the current season. Each season, every fantasy manager drafts a new roster for that year. At the end of the season, all the players go back into the draft pool to be drafted all over again the following year. Managers can make changes to their roster throughout the season, but regardless of how good or how bad the team is, the next year brings a brand new look to that roster.

How Are the Dynasty Trade Calculator’s Rankings Decided?

The dynasty trade calculator values are determined using a consensus ranking from our panel of experts at PFN. Each analyst ranks all of the players individually, and then we take an average. From there, each player is given a value based on where they fall in the consensus ranking. The further down the rankings you go, the closer together the trade values become.

For dynasty leagues, fantasy managers can also see how rookie picks in the upcoming draft are valued in comparison to current players. The value of these picks is set based on how our experts value the incoming rookie classes in their overall dynasty picture.

Once the rookies are added to the player pool, the value of each pick is determined based on the trade value of the equivalent rookie. For example, if Marvin Harrison Jr. carries a trade value of 90 as the top rookie in the 2024 NFL Draft class, that will also be the value of the No. 1 overall pick.

PFN’s Updated Players To Watch for Dynasty

Derrick Henry, RB, Free Agent

After playing his entire career to this point with the Tennessee Titans, Derrick Henry will enter free agency in 2024. Last season, Henry did not post the incredible per-game numbers that we’ve become used to, but he was still more than serviceable, thanks in large part to his volume.

The question going forward with Henry is whether we will continue to see the volume that has propelled him to lead the league in carries in each of the past four years. One thing that is expected to stick is his prowess for finding the end zone. Henry has scored double-digit touchdowns for six straight seasons and is expected to find a role as a short-yardage and/or goal-line back in free agency.

The problem is that until we know his landing spot, it’s tough to project whether Henry has RB1 or RB2 upside for fantasy going forward. You have to assume that the volume might not remain as high, but he could still be a candidate for over 200 carries and 250 total touches if he can find a role as a lead back in free agency.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Free Agent

Another player set to hit free agency is Saquon Barkley. It was somewhat of a tough final year in New York for Barkley, as he averaged 3.9 yards per attempt while missing three games due to injury. In the past three seasons, Barkley has failed to top four yards per attempt twice. The big question is whether that is a result of his injury woes sapping some of his elusiveness or a woeful Giants’ offensive line.

The landing spot for Barkley is going to be vital to his fantasy value. If he can find himself behind a strong offensive line, then he still has RB1 upside. However, we’ve seen that he’s no longer able to make magic out of tough situations like he did early in his career.

The other problem with Barkley is durability. He hasn’t played a full season since his rookie year, missing eight games over the last three seasons. It’s tough for dynasty managers to go all in on a player with that kind of troublesome injury history. If Barkley gets a nice landing spot for his value, he may prove to be a player you can look to sell high on before he suffers another injury.

Which Rookies Should You Target In Dynasty?

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

The buzz has been growing around Malik Nabers as the potential WR1 in the 2024 NFL Draft. Nabers comes from the same school that produced WR standouts Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, so that certainly boosts his pedigree. He’s strong before and after the catch, which is a wonderful combination for any WR when it comes to fantasy value.

The biggest question for rookie WRs is often the landing spot. Jefferson and Chase have benefitted from playing with good passers in solid situations over the past couple of years, but we have seen both struggle when they’ve had to play with backups. That gives you an indication of the range of outcomes for these WRs. Find a spot with a solid QB, and they have incredible ceilings, but find a bad situation, and they could be frustrating for fantasy managers.

Troy Benson, RB, Florida State

Trey Benson is the top RB in our dynasty rookie rankings, and by some distance. He demonstrated consistent production and playmaking ability during his time at Florida State. Benson then backed that up with solid testing results at the NFL Combine.

At this point, it’s hard to project a landing spot with so much up in the air when it comes to free agency at the position. However, Benson has a real chance to be a difference-maker with his combination of frame and talent giving him significant upside. The landing spot will be key, but if you’re hunting for an RB for your dynasty team, Benson could be a player to keep circled on your potential targets in rookie drafts.