The best fantasy football results come from logical, evidence-based, and process-driven decision-making. However, as human beings, we are biased and emotional by nature. We tend to look at players who have helped us through rose-colored glasses, while subtly (and sometimes explicitly) knocking players who have “personally” burned us in previous seasons. This can be especially magnified in dynasty leagues where player turnover is minimal.

We love dynasty leagues and host them here on Apex! But many reasonable dynasty managers disagree on what constitutes a fair trade.

This is where having dynasty trade calculators can help – they give both a quantitative and qualitative view of a deal you are considering without your own biases.

We have researched the top six dynasty trade calculators (according to Google) so you can see which one(s) works for you! In researching these calculators, we found that each calculator brings a unique feature. It’s important to find a calculator that fits your specific needs. We’ve broken down the cost and features of each calculator right here:

Dynasty101.com‘s Dynasty Trade Calculator

Dynasty101.com's trade calculator

Cost of Calculator

Dynasty101.com‘s dynasty trade calculator is free, although there is an opportunity to support their site through donations.

Dynasty League Formats Supported

Dynasty101’s trade calculator currently has two league format settings from which to choose: 1QB and 2QB leagues. This summer, they will be adding additional league types (i.e. adjusting for league size, 2TE, point per carry, etc.) All formats are PPR.

Features of Calculator

  • Gives players a numerical value based on both site rankings and ADP (average draft position). These values are updated monthly.
  • Includes a player’s overall “tier” (not separated by position), which addresses the issue of trading nickels for a dollar. Thus, while the value numbers on each side of a trade may be equal, if one side contains a player in a higher tier it will be factored into the outcome.
  • Lets the user set their own “acceptable variance range”, or the percentage of allowable value difference to help the calculator how strict it should be in determined the fairness of trades.
  • When a trade is determined to favor one side, this calculator gives a numerical value difference in how much more one side is receiving and suggests a player or draft pick to add in that corresponds with that difference in value.
  • “Trade Architect” tool – also free. Looking to sell high, or get rid of an underperforming player? This tool has you input what you are looking to give up, and then generates multiple possible players and picks you should be targeting according to the site’s values:

Dynasty101's trade architect feature

 Analysis of Calculator

Although not the most customizable of the various dynasty trade calculators, Dynasty101’s calculator is incredibly easy to use and is in the process of adding more league types for 2021.

The calculator is free and will remain so, and their Trade Architect tool is a wonderful innovation – especially for owners who are always looking to make a deal. All in all, there is no reason to not use their dynasty trade calculator and other tools when making a roster decision for your dynasty team.

 

DynastyProcess.com‘s Dynasty Trade Calculator

DynastyProcess.com's trade analysis

Cost of Calculator

Like the Dynasty101.com calculator, DynastyProcess.com‘s dynasty trade calculator is free. However, there is also a link to make monetary contributions to the work they are putting into the site.

Dynasty League Formats Supported

DynastyProcess’s trade calculator has two format settings from which to choose: 1QB and 2QB leagues. You can also choose how many teams are in your league ranging from 6 teams to 24 teams (even numbers only).

Features of Calculator

  • Values of players based on FantasyPros.com‘s dynasty rankings and are updated accordingly.
  • Three modes from which to choose: Normal (an existing league), Startup (players only), and Startup (players and picks).
  • Can choose a point on a sliding scale between “Stud Heavy” (you value top-end players over depth) and “Depth Heavy” (you value depth over top-end players). This will help the calculator determine the value of giving up/getting a marquee player in exchange for multiple solid players.
  • Can toggle on a “Rookie Optimism” sliding scale between “Rookie Optimist” (you have faith in that the rookie draft pick in the trade will meet or exceed perceived value) and “Rookie Pessimist” (you believe the “potential” of the pick is worth more than the player the pick will turn out to be). This helps weigh how valuable current rookie picks are in a trade.
  • Can toggle on a “Future Pick Value” scale between “Win Now” mode and “Rebuilding” mode to adjust the value of future picks in a trade.
  • It gives a percentage of how one-sided a trade is and gives recommendations of players and picks to add to make a trade more balanced.
  • Updated aesthetics make the calculator more visually appealing, which now operates on a mobile-first interface – a must in 2021 and beyond.

DynastyProcess.com's trade toggle settings

Analysis of Calculator

The major strength of this calculator is its customization to an owner’s personality and risk profile. How much do you believe in your ability to pick the right rookie players? Are you looking specifically for depth or a top-end player?

“I have a hard time with trade values that prescribe one number for every league”, explained Tan Ho – one of the creators of the calculator. “Every league is its own market, and I think the power of a tool like this is that it gives a good reference for a wider range of leagues.”

Make sure to check out this blog post where Ho explains in-depth the calculator’s values, construction, and algorithms which helps give an insight into whether this trade calculator is what you’re looking for.

 

DynastyLeagueFootball.com‘s Dynasty Trade Calculator

DynastyLeagueFootball.com's trade analyzer

Cost of Calculator

Premium membership to DynastyLeagueFootball.com begins at $7.99 per month, which will grant you access to their trade calculator (also known as their “Trade Analyzer”) as well as many other tools and content exclusive to their members.

Dynasty League Formats Supported

DynastyLeagueFootball’s calculator supports 1 and 2 QB formats, and users can choose their league size ranging from 10 to 16 teams (even numbers only). Coming in Summer 2021, they are adding TE Premium, IDP, and even Devy values.

Features of Calculator

  • The “myDLF” feature is the newest major addition to the calculator. Currently supports league import and integration from MyFantasyLeague, Fleaflicker, and Sleeper. Plans are in place to add FFPC leagues, ESPN, Yahoo, and Reality Sports Online.
  • The player and pick values are based on composite rankings and ADP, which are updated nightly to reflect latest NFL news.
  • When a player is selected, the calculator automatically displays their startup ADP (and graph of ADP history), age, overall rank, recent actual trades made with the selected player, and even podcast clips about particular players.
  • Contains a rookie pick value adjuster, which helps tailor to each user’s personal valuation of rookie picks (current and future).
  • It contains a “Package Value Adjustment” option, which recognizes when a good player whose value may be 1,000 is being traded for five mediocre players whose value is 200 each. Even though the values would technically match up, when the “Package Value Adjustment” setting is engaged it would recognize that the trade is still not balanced as roster spots have inherent value.
  • Suggests players to add in to make the trade more balanced.

Analysis of Calculator

Although this is one of the more expensive dynasty trade calculators on the web, the membership contains many other features. The trade analyzer itself is probably the most aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating of all the calculators we tested out.

“Our largest initiative this year will be a redesign of the entire Trade Analyzer/myDLF toolset” says Ken Moody, Partner and Chief Technology Officer at DLF.  “There is a lot of functionality there now, and while visually it is all pretty solid, we want the entire package to be stunning, clean, tight and consistent.”

With constantly updated values, great visuals and graphs, and both personal preference and league customization, this is arguably the most well-rounded dynasty trade calculator online.

 

UTHDynasty.com‘s Dynasty Trade Calculator

Dynasty trade calculator on UTHDynasty.com

Cost of Calculator

UTHDynasty.com‘s dynasty trade calculator is $9.99 per month for the calculator only (lower rates available if longer-term option is selected). There are other membership options that give access to other content and features – for example “General Manager” subscribers get a free trial of the trade calculator.

Dynasty League Formats Supported

There are a mind-boggling 25 different formats to choose from on this dynasty trade calculator. It contains nearly every combination of league size (10-20 teams). The calculator also supports Superflex, 2QB, 1-2TE, Standard, 0.5PPR, and 1PPR scoring.

Within every one of these settings, you can choose between “Contending” (you’re looking to win a championship in your league very soon), “Building” (you are in a rebuilding phase and might value draft picks/young, promising players more highly), and “Neutral” (a balance of the two).

Features of Calculator

  • Player values are based on Chad Parsons‘s dynasty player values, which are based on “incorporating positional value, probability of production ranges, career arc, and age factors”. It is important to note that player values are not at all determined by consensus rankings or ADP/market value on this site.
  • Incoming rookies and NFL rookies/sophomores are “stickier” with their metric draft profiles and probability curves than most valuation models.
  • “Age factors” are heavily analyzed to include peak production windows, roster retention dynamics, and success/failure baselines for NFL longevity.
  • Can select up to five players per each side of the trade.
  • Gives a numerical value and visual graphs of the differences between player values, player ADPs and age difference once a player is selected in a trade.

Analysis of Calculator

This calculator is relatively simple visually and operationally. It doesn’t contain as many customizations and features as other dynasty trade calculators, but where this calculator shines is in how many different formats it supports.

We did not find any other calculators with as much customization when it comes to league types. The “Contending/Build/Neutral” feature is also a major plus here. If you like the site operators’ rankings and/or have a unique league format, this trade calculator may be a worthwhile investment.

 

DynastyTradeCalculator.com‘s Dynasty Trade Calculator

Dynasty trade calculator on DynastyTradeCalculator.com

Cost of Calculator

DynastyTradeCalculator.com’s access starts at $3 per month (lower rates available if longer-term option is selected). This gives you access to other features such as customizable rankings, as well.

Dynasty League Formats Supported

This calculator supports many league types. It supports any combination of 10-16 teams (even numbers only), Standard/0.5PPR/1PPR scoring, and Standard (with a non-QB flex), TE Premium, IDP (powered by The IDP Guys), and even RB PPC (points per carry) and Devy (includes NCAA players) formats. Interestingly, this is the only calculator we found that differentiates between Superflex and 2-QB leagues.

Features of Calculator

  • League import feature available for leagues hosted on MyFantasyLeague, Sleeper, and Fleaflicker.
  • Click any player name to show resources like value trends over time, actual trades made with said player, and comparable assets to said player.
  • Includes an option to toggle to “Startup Mode” where you can craft trades specifically for a startup draft.
  • Uses many data points to determine player values including ADP, consensus rankings, polls, real-life trades, and more!
  • Includes a player’s numerical value and age when input into the trade calculator.
  • Trade fairness is based on the total numerical value of players on each side.

Analysis of Calculator

This dynasty league trade calculator’s strengths are its simple operation, visuals, and unique format selection. Dynasty Trade Calculator has been collecting dynasty data for over five years, and they are constantly tweaking their rules engine and algorithms to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of dynasty league fantasy football.

It does not have the personal customizability of toggling values of how a user values draft picks or players at different stages in their career, but the price is very low and it contains two formats (RB PPC and Devy) that we did not find on any other website.

 

KeepTradeCut.com’s Dynasty Trade Calculator

KeepTradeCut's dynasty trade calculator

Cost of Calculator

This dynasty trade calculator is completely free to use (although they do accept donations). You do have to “contribute” to the rankings by ranking three random players when you visit the site, but this takes mere seconds and is quite fun!

Dynasty League Formats Supported

This calculator does not support many league types – all rankings are 0.5 PPR and 12 teams, but you can toggle “Superflex” rankings on and off.

Features of Calculator

  • Rankings are 100% crowdsourced from the website’s users (from the popup each time a user visits the site, see below), which creates a decent gauge as to how the public values a player instead of particular expert rankings. This also allows rankings to be updated in real-time as injuries and transactions occur.
  • Can set your own “acceptable variance range”, or the percentage of allowable value difference to help the calculator know how strict it should be in determining the fairness of trades.
  • Contains a “Pick Value Adjustment” scale which lets users toggle how much they value draft picks.
  • Custom algorithm prevents excessive package deals from being deemed “fair” (multiple bench players for a single premium asset).
  • User interface is specially designed to be easy to use and intuitive.
  • Individually numbered rookie picks for upcoming rookie drafts are available to put into trades, which are also ranked by crowdsourcing.

Each time you visit their site, KeepTradeCut has you rank players in this fashion

 

Analysis of Calculator

While not containing the myriad of customizable settings and features of other trade calculators, KeepTradeCut is one-of-a-kind because it uses crowdsourcing to calculate 100% of its rankings.

This provides a unique set of rankings that is reflective of public consensus. and it’s enjoyable! I must admit, we visited their site multiple times simply to be able to rank more players.