• Ben Greb

Three Quick Dynasty Tips To Help You Win The Offseason

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Dynasty fantasy football is a really fun way to play with your buddies all year ‘round. Although there are similarities to standard leagues, dynasty requires different strategies to allow you to build a dominant team. Here are three quick tips which will allow you to win the fantasy football offseason.

Stay Active

The easiest way to gain an advantage in your dynasty league is to stay active during the entire season. As the National Football League season closes, many fantasy managers will not touch their dynasty teams for several months. This is your time to pounce.

The NFL offseason can be just as eventful as the regular season. Especially during free agency, players are signed to new teams which ultimately affects their value as a player. Your knowledge regarding these acquisitions allows you the upper hand when negotiating trades prior to the new season.

To further explain this point, a player’s value in dynasty can change on a dime. A coaching change, an open roster spot, or a new quarterback can all affect a player’s perceived value. If you are able to predict a rise in value in a player before it occurs, it benefits your team at a minimal cost.

Don’t Overvalue Rookie Picks

The most unique aspect of dynasty fantasy football is its use of rookie draft picks year in and year out. These picks ultimately serve to restock your team with youthful and exciting talent. Successful college players do not always pan out in the league and it is easy to overvalue a rookie pick.

When given the choice between a young talent in college football that could have success versus a player who already has had success in the NFL, I take the established player every time. Even the greatest NFL executives and scouts have difficulty evaluating college football players. Take a look back to the 2020 NFL Draft. Many players like Henry Ruggs III, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jalen Reagor and numerous other players who were high draft picks in rookie drafts last year ultimately did not perform as well as expected.

Unless you are talking about some of the best players in the draft including Trevor Lawrence, Najee Harris and other top-notch players, I would highly consider capitalizing on the perceived value of rookie draft picks.

Maintain a Balance Between Long-Term and Present Value

Another unique aspect of dynasty fantasy football is how players are valued differently in comparison to redraft leagues. For example, Tom Brady could be perceived as a top-14 quarterback in redraft leagues. In dynasty football, players such as Jared Goff and Sam Darnold are considered more valuable than Brady.

It is important to have a balance of players that are valued in the long term and in the short term. A team filled with only players younger than 24 may not be as good as a team mixed with young talent and established veterans. You want a balance between successful players in the present and those who can produce in the future.

Don’t be afraid to trade one of your coveted young players who could be great in a few years for a player that can help you win a championship right now. With that being said, make sure that you are prepared to deal a player at peak value to get the maximum value that you can.

Dynasty fantasy football requires a delicate balance between finding players that will perform for several years vs. finding players that are at the peak of their careers right now.

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