Building a Fantasy Football Dynasty
When to waive himYou have to know when a player will never become that marquee player you had envisioned when you acquired him. This is the time to try to move him via trade or even waive him. You only want players on your roster who are either already one of those marquee players or has the potential to be one down the road. Use this information from this site, magazines, ect., to help you to determine whether the players may never break out. These players may have trade value to the other owners in your league, or you may just have to cut him because he never lived up to the potential you envisioned (maybe it was injuries, coaching philosophy change on the team that drafted him, or whatever). In building a dynasty league team you need your roster spots to be filled with a nice blend of star players that produce, mixed in with backups that can fill spots on bye weeks or injuries, and a few rookies for the future, as this will provide the best opportunity for your team to succeed now and in the future.
The DraftMost drafts in a dynasty league are only a few rounds since each team already has a complete roster and mainly are only drafting rookies (or maybe a few breakout players from the previous season that peaked after the waiver wire pickup deadline). The only great thing about having a bad team in a dynasty league is that you should get one of the top picks in the draft for the next season. Teams in rebuilding mode should probably plan to choose a RB early in the draft because good RB prospects are much more difficult to obtain than good WR prospects. Each draft class produces several fantasy studs and it would be a mistake to kill your chances at getting one of the top rookies that can help your team for several years.
By having one of the top picks, its almost guaranteed that you will be approached by a few of the other owners with a trade offer. Let everyone know you are open to offers, sometimes you will get an offer of a marquee player and another pick to move down in the draft (similar to what the NFL teams do). Weigh each offer, and if one is appealing and can help you---take it! If not, stick with taking a stud RB that will carry your team to several championships in the coming years. Getting numerous draft picks can also help you rebuild, so be active in trading. Offer an older name veteran for another first round pick to one of the better teams that only needs a third RB or third WR. Remember rebuilding takes time, and depending on how bad your team is, then it could take a few years.
Patience is a virtueA dynasty team is not like teams in other leagues, because building a winner requires patience. Don't be discouraged if your team takes a while to get going because it will eventually come together as long as you keep plugging along, adding good prospects, making good trades, and doing your homework. Some fantasy players will almost certainly get an urge to trade away their youngsters for current stars if they see their teams stumble out of the gates, but it's important to resist this temptation unless you are certain that you can get enough players to contend immediately. Just because a stud player or two does not pan out or is injured does not indicate that it is time for wholesale changes. You have to remember that these are the players you will have to play with next year too. An injured or underperforming player one season still has fantasy value for the following seasons. It takes a couple of years for your draft picks to mature. It takes a couple of years to build your franchise to contend this year and next. Be patient as it takes time to build a dynasty league team, because as the old saying goes "Rome was not build in a day".
As you might have figured out dynasty league fantasy football is a year round activity, more so than redraft and keeper leagues. The leagues are for serious owners, the competition is more fierce, the strategy is more involved, and a mistake can cost you for several years. You can be on top one year, and at the bottom the next year. And that is why I enjoy dynasty leagues more than other types of leagues. It will take time to wheel and deal to acquire some quality players, and it takes time for your draft picks to mature. It might even take a couple of years to build your franchise to contend year to year. But don't lose your patience. No one likes to lose in fantasy football, but dynasty leagues are for the long haul. With patience, smart trading, good drafting, and reading FFToolbox, you can turn your last place team into a powerhouse in just a season or two, and a consistent winner from year to year!
Forrest N. Long
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