How long does it take for a trade to go through on sleeper

On Sleeper, you can trade 365 days a year. Our leagues are open year-round to allow users to continue their league activity.

Draft pick trading is available for every league type — Redraft, Keeper, and Dynasty.

*For Redraft leagues, you can only trade draft picks leading up to that season’s draft.

We believe that a true redraft league should give owners a completely fresh start and a brand new set of picks each season.

If you would like to trade future picks in a league, you could change it to a keeper league and then not select any keepers, and it will work the same way.

You can turn draft pick trading on in League Settings.

Can we trade players during a draft?

Yes. Trades are still able to be made during a draft, but only for previously owned players. You won’t be able to trade a player who was just drafted. If a player was owned prior to the current draft, they can be traded at any time.

Can we trade draft picks during a draft?

Yes, you can trade picks as normal and they will update on your league’s draftboard.

If you’re in a startup draft and looking to trade rookie picks for a supplemental draft to be held later, you’ll have to wait. You cannot trade picks for the supplemental drafts until the startup draft has been completed.

Can I veto a trade?

We allow the commissioner(s) to make the decision around canceling trades, thus do not support veto-ing currently. We may add veto as a feature in the future, but it would never be a default due to how often it is abused for perfectly fine trades.

If your league has rules around voting to pass a trade or cancel a pending trade, one way to do it is to put up a poll for the specific egregious trade, and if it passes a certain amount, the commissioner manually cancels it.

What if my trade involves players who have started for the week?

There are some scenarios in your league that may come up where teams agree to a trade shortly before games are scheduled to be played, or after they already have been.

Once accepted, the trade enters a review period, which is determined in your league settings.

Once a trade processes:

  • Any player who has yet to play for that week is available to the new team immediately

  • Any player who has already played that week is locked into the original team’s roster, along with any points. The team acquiring him will not be able to use him or any earned points until the following week. They will appear as “Off Roster” in the original owner’s team.

With those two points in mind, it is possible for one owner to use both players involved in a trade in one week, while the other owner can’t use any.

It’s important to be aware of this when accepting and offering trades. It may be best to wait a day or two to accept the trade. If needed, the commissioner has the ability to process a trade immediately instead of waiting for the full review time.

Sleeper makes it extremely easy to trade in your league with one or multiple league mates. Learn how to view your trade offers here.

Proposing a Trade

To propose a trade, go to your league home and click on the “Team” tab at the top of the screen.  Then select “Propose Trade.”

This will take you to a screen with all of the teams in your league, and Sleeper uses advanced stats and projections to quickly highlight the positions each league mate is strongest in so that you can easily decide who to trade with.

Simply select the league mate (or league mates) that you want to trade with, and click “Next” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  Sleeper is one of the only platforms to offer multi-team blockbuster trades, so on this screen, you can actually select multiple users for a multi-team deal.

Clicking “Next” will take you to the Trade Center screen.  This screen allows you to select which assets/players you want to acquire from each team; as well as which assets/players they acquire from you.

Sleeper’s trade engine allows you to trade players, current and future draft picks, and even FAAB (free agent acquisition budget) dollars!  

As long as all parties accept the trade, the trade is assumed by default to be approved by the league and commissioner and goes to the pending review period.  

This way reduces the amount of work and hassle for commissioners and league mates so they don’t have to vote on every single proposed trade, but rather, only need to chime in and veto the egregious ones.

If the league and commissioner do not decide to veto a trade, and the trade review period has expired, then the trade will be processed at midnight PST after the trade period ends. If the league wait time is set to none, then the trade will be processed immediately.

As the commissioner you have the power to veto trades or force them through immediately, pin polls in your league chat to solicit votes on pending trades from the rest of the league, and also reverse trades after they are done if you feel it is in violation.

In summary, Sleeper’s trade functionality is made to be customization, easy to use, and also flexible to handle many different situations, including multi-team trades, current, and future draft picks, and FAAB.

Happy dealing!

As commissioner, you have the option to process a trade immediately, wait out the full processing time, or decline it.

The processing time is based on your setting for Time to Review Pending Trades:

Keep in mind that the commish is the only one able to deny any pending trades as we don’t support vetos.

You’ll be able to view any pending trades at the bottom of your league homepage in the section titled “League Activity”.

On mobile, it’ll look like this:

You can see when the trade will take effect and you can choose to process it now or remove it.

On the web, it’ll look like this:

At the bottom, you can tap into that outstanding trade and get a window that allows you to view the details of the trade.

There are some scenarios in your league that may come up where teams agree to a trade shortly before games are scheduled to be played. 

Once accepted, the trade enters a review period, which is determined in your league settings.

Once a trade processes:

  • Any player who has yet to play for that week is available to the new team immediately

  • Any player who has already played that week is locked into the original team’s roster, along with any points. The team acquiring him will not be able to use him or any earned points until the following week. They will appear as “Off Roster” in the original owner’s team, like Jimmy Graham in the graphic below:

With those two points in mind, it is possible for one owner to use both players involved in a trade in one week, while the other owner can’t use any. 

It’s important to keep this in mind when accepting and offering trades. It may be best to wait a day or two to accept the trade. If needed, the commissioner has the ability to process a trade immediately instead of waiting for the full review time.

To draft well in the NFL, teams have to read the room. It doesn’t just matter how well front offices evaluate prospects or wheel and deal with opponents while on the clock. They also need to know when players are going to come off the board so they don’t unnecessarily miss out on the ones they want or — and this is critical — take a player before they need to, wasting valuable draft capital.

Enter ESPN’s Draft Day Predictor, a statistical tool that produces a range of selection outcomes for prospects in the NFL draft. It uses expert mock drafts, Scouts Inc. grades and team needs as inputs and helps us answer questions about how things could play out. It gives percentage chances of each prospect being available — and being selected — at each draft slot, which of course leads to a likely range of picks in which he could realistically come off the board.

For the first time, the Draft Day Predictor is a publicly available tool. It will update on Thursday morning as final mock drafts come in and then update live during the draft Thursday night. But for now, let’s break down some of the storylines of the 2022 draft, with the Draft Day Predictor serving as our crystal ball. Remember: This tool does not operate in certainties because there are no certainties when it comes to others’ decision-making. But it does produce probabilities, and we’ll use those to guide us through eight big questions.

Check out the Draft Day Predictor

Do the Steelers or Saints need to trade up if they want Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett?

If the New Orleans Saints are hoping to select Liberty’s Willis or Pitt’s Pickett, there’s a 64% chance that one of the two quarterbacks will be there for them at No. 16, per the Draft Day Predictor. Even though it would make for an uncomfortable wait with no guarantees it will pay off, they probably can afford to sit tight. Probably.

But if the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the same boat — wanting either Willis or Pickett — there’s a 38% chance that at least one is on the board by the time No. 20 comes around. So it’s a question of whether Pittsburgh is feeling lucky and how much it is willing to pay for the assurance of getting one of those two QBs.

Let’s say each team has its eyes set on only one of those quarterbacks, though. If it’s Willis, there’s no perfectly safe spot to trade up to (besides No. 1) since the Detroit Lions are a potential landing spot for him at No. 2 (5% chance). Staying put is risky for both teams if they are targeting Willis; the Draft Day Predictor gives the Liberty QB a 32% chance to still be on the board for the Saints at No. 16 and a 16% chance to still be there at pick No. 20 when the Steelers are set to draft.

But if either team is willing to make a move up to No. 10 in a deal with the New York Jets, there’s a 53% chance Willis makes it there. It would mean needing the Lions, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks to all pass on him — and no other team trading into the top 10 to get him. But it would slide either team ahead of the Washington Commanders at No. 11 and Texans at No. 13.

Pickett’s median landing spot is a little lower, though the Draft Day Predictor thinks there’s a pretty strong shot he goes off the board at No. 6 to Carolina (28%). There’s a 47% chance he makes it to the Saints at No. 16, so if he gets past the Panthers, and Willis is gone, Pittsburgh might be wise to move ahead of New Orleans if it’s targeting him. Not trading up gives the Steelers a 26% chance to land Pickett if they desire, per the Draft Day Predictor.

How far do the Packers or Chiefs need to move up for a top-tier receiver?

The Green Bay Packers’ first pick is at No. 22, but none of the top four wide receivers — Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson, USC’s Drake London, Alabama’s Jameson Williams or Ohio State’s Chris Olave — have more than a 30% chance of falling to that spot, and the top three are all actually below 20%. The Packers might be able to land Arkansas’ Treylon Burks by sitting still, but he is only slightly better than a coin flip (55%) to be available. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs’ best hope of the five pass-catchers is Burks, and there’s only an 18% shot he slides to them at No. 29.

If either team has their eyes set on one of those first three wideouts, they will likely need to make a move — and certainly so for the Chiefs. How far up the board? For Wilson, the Draft Day Predictor thinks there’s an 89% chance he goes in the top 10. London should go slightly later, but even by pick No. 12, there’s only a 27% chance he’ll still be available.

What about Williams? He could conceivably go as high as the Jets at No. 10, but if the Packers or Chiefs strike a deal with the Baltimore Ravens to move up to No. 14, there would be a 79% chance Williams makes it there. And such a move would put the Packers/Chiefs ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles and Saints at Nos. 15 and 16, respectively, where Williams’ highest probabilities to be selected fall.

If Kansas City looks at Olave and Burks as the targets, it would need to get to pick Nos. 18 or No. 22, respectively, to have a better than 50% chance that those players would still be on the board.

If the Jets want Ahmad Gardner, can they wait until No. 10 to take him?

No. I said the Draft Day Predictor doesn’t work in absolutes, and that’s true. But this is as strong as it gets: According to the model, there is roughly a 99% chance Gardner is off the board by pick No. 10, though obviously a healthy chunk of that (33%) is the Jets selecting him at No. 4.

The reality is that Gardner is the fifth-best prospect in the draft, per Scouts Inc., and is usually long gone in mock drafts by the time the Jets come around the second time at No. 10. In fact, the real question might be whether the Cincinnati cornerback makes it to the Jets at No. 4? Per the Draft Day Predictor, there’s only a 55% chance of that happening.

What’s the floor for the top three offensive tackles?

The Draft Day Predictor thinks the floor is probably No. 9 for both NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu and Alabama’s Evan Neal. They could slide that far if a quarterback goes in the top 10 and a team like the New York Giants or Falcons select someone like Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and/or LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (players who aren’t top 10 locks).

As for Mississippi State’s Charles Cross? He has a larger range that ends all the way in the 20s. But there’s an 81% chance he’s off the board in the first 17 picks.

OK, how about the floor for the top pass-rushers after Aidan Hutchinson?

The Draft Day Predictor is all-in on Georgia’s Travon Walker as a top-three selection. In fact, the latest it sees him going is No. 5. And Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux is 50-50 to be a top-four selection, according to the model, with a 98% chance that he’s gone in the top seven picks.

Jermaine Johnson II’s range starts shortly after Thibodeaux’s ends. The first real spot the Florida State edge rusher could go is at No. 7, and there’s an 83% chance he’s off the board by pick No. 15.

Will the Bengals take an offensive lineman at No. 31?

Cincinnati spent enough in free agency to make its offensive line much less of a glaring need now than it was, say, right after the Super Bowl. But it could still use some help, and there may be some interior linemen on the board for the Bengals when they’re on the clock.

There’s a 22% chance that Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum is available at No. 31, and the chances are even higher for Boston College guard Zion Johnson (42%) and Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green (48%). And because of the combination of availability, quality of prospect and the Bengals’ need at guard, there’s no player more likely to be selected at No. 31 than Johnson. But it’s just an 8% chance.

In addition to the other interior offensive linemen mentioned, other strong possibilities, per the Draft Day Predictor, include: Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt (7%), Clemson corner Andrew Booth Jr. (6%) and Minnesota edge rusher Boye Mafe (6%). Just because an interior offensive lineman is available doesn’t mean that’s definitely the direction Cincinnati will go.

Which fringe player could sneak into the first round?

Far more than 32 players end up getting face time in Day 1 mock drafts, so it always feels like there are a few guys who were destined for the first round but end up available in the second. Here are a few fringe first-round prospects who stood out to me, along with their chance to go in Round 1:

Watson’s stock has risen as the Draft Day Predictor has been updated with mocks over the past couple weeks — he went at No. 22 in Mel Kiper Jr.’s and Todd McShay’s tandem mock last week — and could make sense for any of the WR-needy teams in the back half of the first round.

Will Desmond Ridder, Matt Corral or Sam Howell be selected in the first round?

There’s an unusually large range for the quarterbacks in this year’s draft. Think about last year, when the floor for the five top quarterbacks was probably the Patriots at No. 15 (and it ended up being true). This year, we could easily imagine someone like Ridder going either in the first round or well into the second.

Here’s how the Draft Day Predictor sees things for this next tier of quarterback prospects, with the caveat that if there are any numbers that may shift significantly by draft day, it’s these right here:

  • Ridder has the best chance to go in the first round (37%).

  • Corral comes next at 25%.

  • Howell is the least likely of the three at 16%.

All three should be second-round picks if they don’t go in the first, though. Howell has the highest chance to still be on the board at pick No. 65 at just 7%.

The pick where Ridder is 50-50 to still be available is No. 36. Corral’s midpoint is No. 39 and Howell’s is right around No. 42.

For more, check out our Draft Day Predictor.

Written by Jane