Fantasy Dynasty League Strategy 2022: Best Tips, Advice for Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Football Leagues – Sporting News | Hot Mobile Press

Heading into the 2022 season, fantasy football has been at an all-time high, so it only makes sense that people would want to chase that seasonal sentiment. Annually refreshed leagues just aren’t enough for some fantasy owners, which is why Goalie and Dynasty leagues have become so big lately. With dynasty you can manage your roster all year round. From deciding whether to win now or rebuild to obsessing over potential trades – particularly those involving draft picks and rookies – Dynasty requires a lot of strategy. You still worry about sleepers, breakouts, and all that good stuff, but leaderboards, tiers, and draft cheat sheets, at least in the traditional sense, don’t matter as much anymore.

Simply put, there is no off-season in Dynasty, folks.

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With that in mind, let’s offer some advice on how to balance your Dynasty League goals while still getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to trading and acquiring draft picks. These things go hand-in-hand and are always a priority for Dynasty Leagues owners, be it in-season or pre-season.

Note: The following is a mash-up of Fantasy Alarm’s Dynasty League guide series, which includes installments related to various Dynasty formats, take on an orphaned team, swap tips and win vs rebuild now.

Fantasy Dynasty Strategy: Tips Advice for Fantasy Football Dynasty Leagues

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The typical way to build your dynasty roster to give yourself the best chance of a long competitive window for success is through young players, draft picks, and maximizing buy-low and sell -High” windows to build. When looking at your roster in comparison to the rest of your league, you either want to be one of the best teams or one of the worst. The middle ground isn’t a comfortable place, but when it comes to trading, it’s easy to find yourself on both ends of the spectrum. One of the best things about dynasty leagues is that “even if you lose, you still win”.

RANKING 2022 & DRAFT STRATEGY:
QB’s | RB’s | WRs | TEs | D/STs

Understand age in relation to positions

While quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends have much longer resilience than running backs, NFL franchises rarely find a single bell-cow running back to shoulder the entire workload. That’s just not how teams assess position. Very few running backs get a second contract after their rookie deal, and while some do, the running back position isn’t very stable to project too far into the future. With running backs, you want young and immediately productive backs. This year’s crop of rookie RBs features several high-profile targets from the Dynasty, including Buffalo’s James Cook, Seattle’s Kenneth Walker III and the Jets’ Breece Hall, among others.

From 2010 through 2020, most 250 PPR point seasons by running backs are between the ages of 23 and 25. The only 250-point season at age 30 comes from Adrian Peterson, who has repeatedly challenged father Time in his career en route to a first ballot in the Canton Hall of Fame when he decides to hang up his cleats to hang. Quarterbacks that establish themselves are incredibly stable and play at a high level for a long time. The same is true for wide receivers — quite a few of whom play well into their 30-year seasons or beyond.

PPR RANKINGS 2022:
QB’s | RB’s | WRs | TEs | D/STs | foosball | Top 200 | Superflex

So how do we tackle a dynasty rebuild knowing all this? When rebuilding with youth and draft picks, it’s wise to stock up on talent at every position but back race. Think about what we just talked about with RBs. There is no hard and fast rule to never design them. If you’re able to take on a potential “generations” running back (think Jonathan Taylor), by all means take him if you have a firm belief. But if you’re trying to build a Dynasty roster from the ground up, it’s going to take a season or two before you get some direction and identity with what you want to do and achieve. By the time you draft a running back, you may already have hit their peak season without benefiting your roster and not being ready to compete.

When you get to a point where you’re ready to fight, consider acquiring a young running back or two either through trading or draft picks to maximize the conflict window. While Dynasty is a “long-term” format, most Dynasty owners typically think of a maximum three-year window. There is far too much chaos in the NFL to think long term, even in a dynasty league.

STANDARD RANKINGS 2022:
QB’s | RB’s | WRs | TEs | D/STs | foosball | Top 200 | Superflex

Think back to 2017 five years ago. Cam Newton, Alex Smith and Carson Wentz were the top five quarterbacks. Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell were the top two running backs. Antonio Brown and Marvin Jones were the top five wide receivers. The league changes so quickly that trying to predict what will happen in 27 is foolish.

AUCTION VALUES 2022 (Standard & PPR):
QB’s | RB’s | WRs | TEs | D/STs | foosball | In total

Finding value in veterans

We know everyone loves the newest, shiniest toy. This is definitely true for rookies and young players in the dynasty. The unfortunate byproduct of these young players is that not every player has a chance. For every AJ Brown, there’s an N’Keal Harry. For every Nick Chubb there is a Derrius Guice. Dynasty rookie drafts are littered with players who look like locks to superstars and then, for one reason or another, don’t end up that way.

The opposite is also true. Have you ever bought clothes that look great but aren’t that comfortable? You lose a little bit of confidence and then you fall back on those old, ripped jeans because they won’t let you down. This are the types of players we’re looking at – the prolific veterans in dynasty leagues who are absolutely worthy of winning a championship. The best thing about them is that they are underrated by your league almost everywhere.

2022 FANTASY THRESHOLDS:
QB’s | RB’s | WRs | TEs | D/STs | One from each team

This time last season, nobody in the Dynasty wanted Mike Evans. In every season of his career, Evans has rushed for at least 1,000 yards, and he’s had eight or more touchdown receptions in every season except two. He keeps producing, but he’s not the shiny new toy like Justin Jefferson or CeeDee Lamb. Veterans like Keenan Allen, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks, Adam Thielen, Melvin Gordon and Zach Ertz are rated lower because of their age. They are perfect targets for those looking to win now. If you mix and match some of these players with some youngsters and the youngsters drop out? You are now in a prime position to win.

Applying significant pressure to “win now” will disrupt your squad’s longevity, but it will maximize the shorter window of contention. Adding a few prolific veterans to a winning roster by trading draft picks will rake in some of your future wealth, but those draft picks aren’t currently using a roster slot or scoring for you. Spending a 2023 second-round pick to trade for Adam Thielen won’t destroy your roster. Trading youth on your team won’t do it either in most cases, but you’d rather trade the unknown in the draft pick for a known veteran product.

One final tip on recruiting veterans: look at their contracts and squad situations. It makes sense to go to NFL contract sites like Spotrac or OverTheCap to see how many years a veteran has left, what their dead cap hit is, what outs are on their contract, etc. This can help you predict what will happen to these players the future and whether they are worth investing in.

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Trading Picks

The best time to trade draft picks is right after the season, where the new generation of incoming rookies has seemingly unlimited value because we don’t know what teams they’ll be on. The most common time to trade picks is during the season when the good teams are trying to get veterans to stretch run.

There’s not that much going on in preseason, but if you’re always looking to spin and act (and don’t mind throwing in the towel early), here’s a guide to evaluating future draft picks , which should generally be the case with a “step-down” approach:

  • A selection value for the first round 2023 is quite close to a selection value for the second round 2022
  • A second-round pick in 2023 to a third-round pick in 2022
  • A first-round selection in 2024 through to a second-round selection in late 2022, or an early third-round selection

Acquiring picks is much easier than trading them. If your team just plain stinks, you can unload your roster on rookie draft picks one at a time, either to get an infusion of young talent through the draft or to pool picks for a player you want. Again, this is much easier during the season than in the off-season. There’s no wrong way to get tips, as more choices will only help rebuild your team faster.

If you’ve got some good young characters but are plagued by the variance bug and have a terrible season ahead, trade some veterans for draft picks on competing teams. This is a handy approach to acquiring draft picks. They think long-term, while competing dynasty owners don’t. This is an advantageous position.

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There’s no wrong way to build a roster, whether it’s the long-term route through rookie drafts and acquiring new players, or a core of older players mixed with young players for a shorter time window. Choosing your style of competing in Dynasty Fantasy Football can be summed up in one proverb: “A dollar today or two dollars tomorrow.”

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