How Does This All Work?
To be brief, to see the rankings we make you first answer a quick question: rank three players according to how you see their dynasty value - designating the top player a Keep, the second player a Trade, and the least valuable player a Cut. We consolidate those answers from every user and do some nifty math to spit out one consolidated, crowdsourced list of rankings and values.
What Format/League Style?
Because our rankings are crowdsourced, it’s easier to have an agreed upon format: 12 team, .5 PPR, with both 1QB and superflex dynasty options.
How Do KTCs Work?
Essentially, you’re given three players and need to order them how you rank them. #1 is Kept, #2 is Traded, and #3 is Cut. Try to keep these rankings as much ‘in a vacuum’ as possible - don’t assume a rebuilding or win-now team. Basically, how you’d value players for a middle of the road, average dynasty team in a roughly 3 year window.
Should Trade Value Be Considered in a KTC?
Nope. It might seem odd, but don’t include what you perceive to be the trade value of players to affect how you answer a KTC - just think about the traded player as being less valuable than the kept player and more valuable than the cut player.
Why Does KTC Exist?
To fill a need for dynasty players. Dynasty rankings and trade calculators out there mostly use ADP values and become less accurate as the season goes on, or use expert rankings that update infrequently or may not match how the owners in your league actually value a player. We think having an up-to-date resource that shows you how the actual community values players can be incredibly useful.
What Does KTC Cost?
It’s free! It’d be silly to charge for a crowdsourced resource - we want as many people using the site as possible to make the rankings as accurate as possible. However, if you do have the urge to help us pay our server costs, there is a way for you to do that.
How Often Are Rankings Updated?
This is the beauty of KTC: every time someone submits a KTC the rankings are updated. So — because you need to submit a KTC periodically to see the rankings — whenever people are visiting the site the rankings are being updated.
How Do I Make Sure My Leaguemates Don’t Find Out About This?
Actually, you should hope they do! Trading is easiest when you have a strong understanding of how other people value players, how you value players, and where those valuations differ. That’s what KTC is here for, and the more people contributing to the rankings the more accurately they will reflect the community’s valuation of players. And yes, that includes your leaguemates.
The Nitty Gritty
Where Do the Rankings and Values Come From?
Without giving away too much of the secret sauce, we use an adapted ELO algorithm to assign values from KTCs that follow a reasonable distribution of players on the value spectrum. It’s not an exact science, but we try our best to make sure that the values represent the scarcity of studs and also the gradient of player values from top to bottom.
How Does Superflex/One QB Work?
Now that we support Superflex dynasty rankings, we essentially have two totally separate databases of values running in parallel. You can turn Superflex On/Off using the toggle which will update both the rankings/values you see as well as what database your KTCs are submitted into.
Why Does a Non-QB Have Different Values in Superflex and One QB Mode?
Our Superflex and One QB databases operate entirely independently of one another, each with their own input KTCs. Some difference between even non-QB players in the different formats is both expected and desired.
How Accurate is the Trade Calculator?
Frankly, trading is so owner, team, and situation specific that calculators are at best a gut check, so we aim to be the best gut check we can be. Every trade is unique to the specific owners involved, so all we can do is give the averages of how dynasty owners value players.
What is the 'Value Adjustment'?
Trading is more than simple addition. We add value to the side of the trade that's giving up more when you look at roster spots, players' 'stud' factor, etc. This is our way of countering (as much as possible) trade calculations that say 12 third round picks are a fair deal for DeAndre Hopkins.
The actual adjustment is reverse engineered from the player the lesser side needs to have added to even the trade, which is why it'll update as players are added to either side.
How is the 'Value Adjustment' Determined?
A few things are factored into the 'Value Adjustment' - the difference in value of the players involved, how much of a 'stud' the players involved are, the number of players of lesser value included in the trade... and a lil fancy math. Then the adjustment itself is actually reverse-engineered from the player needed to even the trade.
What Does 'Devy' Mean?
Development, or 'Devy' leagues, are leagues that allow for the drafting of college prospects before they enter the pros. A devy's value should be based on their projected dynasty value when they reach the pros.
How Do Values Relate Between the Dynasty and Devy Rankings?
Values between the Dynasty and Devy rankings are not equivalent - meaning a devy player worth 9999 is not equivalent to a dynasty player worth 9999. Think of them as two separate ranking systems that are relative to themselves, not each other. KTC questions will always be entirely dynasty players or entirely devy players.
Should Devy Valuation Consider College Production?
When submitting devy KTCs, college fantasy production should not be considered — only the player's dynasty value once he's drafted as a rookie in the pros.
What if I Don't Know the Devys in a KTC?
We get that it's less likely that people will know all of the players on the college side, so we've added a "I don't know all of these players" option to Devy KTCs. That'll skip the KTC for a period of time if it's a user's first KTC, and it'll load up a new KTC on the Devy Keep/Trade/Cut page.
Where is [player name] in the Devy Rankings?
Think we're missing a devy player that should be in the rankings? With so many players to keep track of, that's very possible. Please reach out and let us know!
Who Made KTC? Is This Your Job?
We’re two dynasty obsessed web developers/designers. KTC is a ‘nights and weekends’ passion project.
How Do I Contact You?
Easy - head over to our Contact page. If you’ve got a comment, question, improvement idea, or just want to talk dynasty, we want to hear from you.
Does KTC Have an API or Data Export Option?
We don't currenly have an API or any sort of .csv available for our rankings and values data. This is something we've discussed adding at some point down the line, however, so stay tuned.
Can I Reference KTC's Rankings/Values/Trade Calculator in a Podcast/Article/Etc.?
Absolutely! Our goal is to provide up-to-date values for every dynasty player, and that includes other dynasty content creators. All we'd ask is that you mention us by name when doing so, and maybe drop a link back to KeepTradeCut if possible.
Do I Need to Submit a KTC Every Time I Visit the Site?
Will Redraft Ever Be Supported?
We hope so! Reach out if you think we should move that to the top of our to-do list.