Mat Harrison’s Redraft Cheat Sheet – July 24th

Hello there. If you’ve found your way to my redraft cheat sheet congratulations, I hope you enjoy what I’m throwin’ down.

If you’re viewing this one in the future, this is one of those carrots that we dangle out there. This article is the free copy of the cheat sheet, but it’s likely that if you’re reading this in say August of 2021, that I’ve made several updates to said cheat sheet. And you don’t want old data… do you?

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Today’s updates:

Redraft Cheat Sheet (with kickers and defense)

Redraft Cheat Sheet (no kickers or defense)

Dynasty Trade Value Chart – July 22, 2021

Today is my birthday. What better guilt trip to lay on your dynasty league mates than to throw, “well it’s my birthday, so I shouldn’t have to throw in that extra draft pick in this trade.”

As my gift to you, Shock Fantasy members and visitors who’ve happened upon this for the first time, I’m making today’s Dynasty Trade Value Chart free. Just this one, because I’ve got a devoted fan base who pays for this advantage in their league, and it would be unfair to strip them of said advantage.

For those of you checking this out, here’s how the Dynasty Trade Value Chart works.

We’ve got three versions of the trade value chart. Pick the one that best represents your league.

Single Quarterback Trade Value Chart

SuperFlex Trade Value Chart

SuperFlex Tight End Premium Trade Value Chart

Once you’ve done that, you utilize the trade values listed in the chart to help increase the juice of your dynasty team via trades, your rookie draft or your waiver wire. Now, these are not only my rankings, but my general feel on how the dynasty world as a whole is valuing these players. A finger in the wind, so to speak. Yes, I bump up the players I like. No, I don’t completely punish the players I hate, because you may not hate them and they still retain value.

Here’s my general rules on how to use this to make a trade…

Rules:
1. Trades should equal out with fair-ish numerical value on both sides. Fifty to 100 points either way is pretty okay for the most part.
2. The preference is to offer trades with an equal amount of players on each side. While you may want to offer 4 or 5 players for Christian McCaffery, you have to understand that if you offer a 5-for-1, that your trade partner must cut four players that he may like better than the ones you’re sending him. Even number trades tend to work better.
3. It is my strong recommendation that if you make an offer for any player, the minimum that you should offer in return should begin with a player of 67% value. For example, if we’re looking at acquiring DK Metcalf (900 value), you’d have to start the trade offer with a 600-level player (2/3 of the value) such as DJ Moore or Chris Godwin. After that you add things to both sides to help make the math work.

For instance:

DK Metcalf (900) + Zack Moss (300) for Chris Godwin (600) + Ezekiel Elliott (600) seems like a square deal to me. Maybe you like one end better than the other, but I’d bet the poll comes out fairly even there.

Enjoy this and thanks for reading.

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How to Start an Empire League

The year was 2012. LeagueSafe’s offices were buzzing with excitement as Paul Charchian, Christian Peterson and myself were working through the details of a new type of dynasty league, the Empire League.

Charch’s brainchild for sure, we wanted a type of dynasty league that didn’t seem like you’d just be stuck with a bad roster for years and years. Or get stuck with a team that was really good, but behind some sort of monster team that took first six years in a row. Most importantly, Charch wanted the league to have a defined end point. Dynasty leagues can go on forever and get stale and stagnant. Even if you’re playing for big bucks.

So, as we figured out the important parts of the league, here’s how the Empire League differs from a traditional dynasty league:

  • Every year half of the entry fees (or some desired amount) paid in, gets thrown into a rolling Empire Pot
  • The Empire Pot continues to grow season-after-season until a team wins the title in back-to-back seasons
  • At that point, the team that wins two titles in a row, is crowned the Emperor, they scoop the Empire Pot and the league disbands or starts over
  • To prevent collusion (as the Empire Pot can get quite hefty very quickly) the reigning champion of your league is not allowed to make trades, unless they abdicate the throne or are trading for future draft picks (picks after they would have won the Empire Pot).

Consider the league we started in 2012, which is still going today. We have an entry fee of $150. In this, what would be the 10th season of the league, if our current reigning champion wins again this year, they’ll walk out of here with a $9,000 Empire Pot (as well as the yearly winnings).

So what do you need to start an Empire League?

Well, 11 other friends is ideal. You need some savvy committed members to pull this off. We actually have a rule in place where in your untimely death, you can bequeath an heir to your team, since the pot could easily get into five figures, it’s somewhat of an investment.

You’ll need a site that can run what you want to do. We use MyFantasyLeague.com, but you can do it on free sites like ESPN or Yahoo, or look at some other options like CBS or Sleeper. Generally, you’d like a robust enough system so you can trade future draft picks, the free sites make you do that manually, and the sites you’re going to pay a few bucks for tend to allow you to track more items like this.

We obviously have used LeagueSafe to hold the funds. If you’re not using LeagueSafe (who I don’t work for anymore, but still trust very much) you’d better have a league treasurer who you are absolutely sure won’t have sticky fingers.

You’ll need to start it up. Once you get all of your members, I suggest doing an auction for your initial dispersal, and then it’s a straight draft (all rounds 1-12, 1-12) for subsequent rookie drafts.

Last year I started a few Casual Empire Leagues, which are best ball lineups with limited transactions. I’ve included the rules for that below, as well as the most recent update to our original Empire League rules. You can feel free to use whatever you’d like to create your own rules, or just make up your own. This is a good starting point and does come up with a few scenarios that you may not have thought of.

Empire League Rules

Casual Empire League Rules

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Ultimate Best Ball Cheat Sheet – Cam Akers Edition

I’m nearing completion of about 25 Puppy slow drafts on Underdog (if you want to play with me on Underdog, use my promo code MAT when you sign up and we’ll both get a treat). Not one share of Darrell Henderson. He’s the odds-on-favorite to be the lead dog in LA after the Akers injury, …
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Redraft Cheat Sheet – July 20, 2021

Updated to reflect the Cam Akers news. Traditional redraft, or a league where you draft all new players every year, is still the most popular form of fantasy football. It’s where nearly everyone cut their teeth. Even if you are a devout dynasty player, a brilliant best ball boy or girl or you’re down with …
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Dynasty Baseball Trade Value Chart – All Star Break

I realize this is pretty much a football site. Don’t worry. It still is.

I play fantasy baseball too. As far as I know, I’m in the longest running empire baseball league on the planet, one that is in significant danger of dying this year. Needless to say, I’ve been doing a lot of trading this year. Because in empire you want to prop up some contenders and I also want to position myself for a run in 2022. I’ve spent a lot of time looking for dynasty trade calculators and trade value charts. There are a few out there that are okay, but I still wasn’t completely thrilled as to what was available.

So, this is my labor of love, and I thought I’d share it with you, just in case you may need it.

Here’s how you use this thing.

Rules:
1. Trades should equal out with fair-ish numerical value on both sides. Fifty to 100 points either way is pretty okay for the most part.
2. The preference is to offer trades with equal players on each side. While you may want to offer 4 or 5 players for Fernando Tatis, you have to understand that if you offer a 5-for-1, that your trade partner must cut four players that he may like better than the ones you’re sending him. Even number trades tend to work better.
3. It is my strong recommendation that if you make an offer for any player, the minimum that you should offer in return should begin with a player of 67% value. Example: If you’d like to acquire Mike Trout (point value of 900), the lowest you can go with the top player you’d like to send back is two-thirds of that value, or 600 in this case. So your offer for Mike Trout would begin with Aaron Judge (600) and continue with Jose Abreu (300). Trout for Judge and Abreu is a great starting point.

Sure, you could try Trout for Willson Contreras (300), Rhys Hoskins (300) and Carlos Rodon (300), and it might work… but you’re better off starting at two-thirds. You’ll usually negotiate a bit better.

The Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Trade Value Chart – All Star Game Edition

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NEW! Dynasty Trade Value Chart – July 12, 2021

I emphasize a “NEW!” on this one because we’ve added a THIRD version of the TVC. Allow me to introduce the SuperFlex – Tight End Premium Dynasty Trade Value Chart. I blame Scott Fish for really highlighting tight end premium as a format, so now we’ve got to account for the increase in value for …
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Ultimate Best Ball Cheat Sheet – July 11

It’s been a while. Summer got away from me a little bit. The life of youth coaching plus a family vacation took a strain on the old best ball cheat sheet. But, both the vactation and season are basically over and now it’s fantasy football time. Pretty massive updates to the cheat sheet, complete with …
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Dynasty Trade Value Chart – June 2021 – Julio Edition

Quintorris Lopez “Julio” Jones was traded this morning from the Atlanta Falcons to the Tennessee Titans. I follow just about everyone in the fantasy community and especially dynasty folk on the Twitter machine. Today everyone was in rare form. I saw: Move Derrick Henry down a few spots, because Julio will eat up so many …
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Dynasty Trade Value Chart – May 2021

Dynasty Fantasy Football Trade Value Chart The draft is done and now everyone has the itch. The itch to dust off that dynasty roster. The itch to get that rookie draft going. The itch to make some long-lasting dynasty trades. Really, you should get that checked out. They have ointments. Rookie landing places are in, …
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