Fantasy Hockey Trade Analyzer

The fantasy sports trade.  It takes skill, but it also takes finesse.  When a deal’s on the table, sometimes it’s hard to figure out who’s getting the better end of it.  

So, here’s a very simple, yet effective way to compare batches of players when considering a trade.  The end result is an average rank for each cluster of players being exchanged, which can be used to compare both sides of the trade. 

To illustrate, we’ve created a hypothetical trade as an example.  Team A and B are trading the following groups of players. 

Team A

Team B

Crosby

Malkin

Giroux

 

Tavares

Stamkos

Ovechkin

 

1. The first thing to do is rank all of the players involved in the trade.  

Team A

Team B

Crosby (1)

Malkin (2)

Giroux (4)

 

Tavares (3)

Stamkos (5)

Ovechkin (6)

 

2. Next, calculate the average ranking for each side by adding the rankings in each group and then dividing by the number of players in each group.

Team A

Team B

Crosby (1)

Malkin (2)

Giroux (4)

 

Tavares (3)

Stamkos (5)

Ovechkin (6)

1 + 2 + 4 = 7 / 3 = 2.3

3 + 5 + 6 = 14 / 3 = 4.6

 

3. The end result is two metrics that can quickly be used to compare the exchange.  In the example, Team B appears to be getting the better end of the deal, as Team A’s offer has a better average ranking. 

You can use this method when making offers, when receiving them, and even with trades involving three or more GMs.

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There you have a very simple mathematical way to determine whether or not a trade is right for you. 

FYI - We’ve also written an extensive article on the varied nuances of trade strategy, and it’s available in the Fantasy Hockey Standard Strategy Book: Volume 1.

Good luck with your trades this season!