Fantasy Trader's Football Roundtable: Dynasty League Strategy

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2010

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I’ve been invited to participate in Fantasy Trader’s fantasy football round table.

This week’s topic

The fairly wide open topic of what you personally believe is the most often overlooked (or undervalued) strategy or concept for successfully managing a Dynasty fantasy team.

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My response

If you participate in a dynasty league, you likely take fantasy football, and football in general, very seriously. I’m not sure there’s any advice that you haven’t heard, considered, or are employing.

You know that young talent is viewed at a premium.

The goal is to get a player early, enjoy his peak, and get off before he loses his value. You have to be aware of the incoming talent so you can stock your shelves for the future.

You also shouldn’t discount a player in his peak simply since the new car smell is gone. If your eye is always focused on the future, you’ll always be chasing that fantasy title.

Just like a real team, fantasy teams often have a limited window of opportunity. Granted it’s easier to make roster adjustments for a fantasy team, but you’re only as good as the players you’ve hitched your wagon to.

If you have a chance to make a run at a title, don’t be afraid to part with some of your future to live in the now and make a run for glory. Just be careful not to mortgage too much of your future.

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It truly is a fine line.

One thing that could possibly get overlooked is the strength of teams' offensive lines. Think of the demises of some of the past juggernauts. Kansas City, St. Louis, and Seattle come to mind.

What is a key component in each of those teams? None of them properly restocked their offensive lines. Willie Roaf and Will Shields for the Chiefs. Orlando Pace for the Rams. Steve Hutchinson and Walter Jones for the Seahawks.

Unlike NFL teams, fantasy players can do something about aging lines, i.e. get rid of the skill position players they protect. We all see the decline of a 30+ running back. You often can’t see a sinking offensive line before it’s too late.

Stay ahead of the curve here and you’re more likely to avoid that rebuilding period.

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