The Things Most Owners Overlook When Rebuilding

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

In this article I want to touch on the 4 main things I feel owners will tend to overlook when rebuilding. When we as owners start a rebuild, we usually have a core plan set in place but sometimes it’s the small little details that can speed your rebuild up significantly. Today I’m here to help and make sure you factor these little things into your rebuilding process.

If the trade we just saw the Lions and Rams pull off is any sign on how this NFL offseason will be, then be prepared it should be a lot of fun with plenty of drama. The offseason in the NFL in recent years has become much more intriguing than say a decade ago, when stars just seemed to stay put, nor did they have much of a voice. Now days we are constantly seeing stars switch teams whether that be through demanding a trade, or free agency, just look at the blockbuster of 2 former number 1 overall draft picks mentioned above.

This offseason we could see numerous big-name players switch teams from Aaron Rodgers, JuJu, D. Adams, Conner, and so many more that the NFL could look so much different next season. I am a bit torn on which style NFL I enjoyed more between the old school stay where you are drafted, and the new way where the players have much more control leading to so many more players leaving the team that drafted them for new homes.

The players having more control definitely has its pros and cons with the cons being fairly easy to spot, just look at the Deshaun Watson situation. I mention all of this because it has made a huge impact in the way we handle our fantasy rosters. Just 8-10 years ago you could have drafted Hopkins and just forgot about it, instead fast forward a decade later you draft Hopkins, and he gets traded the very next season making his outlook a bit more unclear, even though its still Hopkins stability tends to put our minds at ease.

Another great example of this is Brandin Cooks who seemed to have finally found a permanent home where he would be able to produce gaudy numbers only for his star quarterback to demand a trade, something that was virtually unheard of a decade ago. All of this means you have to be much more vigilant in formats like Dynasty Owner on what type of players you target and the organization they play for (stay away from Jack Easterbay).

If you were to draft Antonio Brown a few years back you would be regretting it big time right now, but a little digging on what kind of person/teammate he is and that would have gone a long way helping you make the correct decision. Aside from the headache some of this movement can cause us fantasy owners I will say it does make the offseason so much more fun, especially when the league’s new year kicks in.

Different Ways to Prepare for the Rookie Draft

How does one go about preparing for the rookie draft when it feels like your roster needs help everywhere, don’t worry this is a common problem and can usually be handled with relative ease. The first step I will recommend is to realize you’re not going to fill your entire roster with studs in just one draft. The most common mistake I see in a rebuilding owners drafts are them going into the draft blind and taking the best available player with no plan, while this isn’t a horrible move all of the time it can be depending on the layout of your team.

If you are picking #1 overall and you have holes everywhere it doesn’t make much since to draft a running back, or even to just target one player per round during the draft. If there are no generational receivers. Tight ends (wouldn’t recommend drafting that high), or quarterbacks that you have fallen in love with as a permanent building block towards the future then find a way to trade down and acquire more picks in the range of players you need. If you have someone like Herbert paired with 2 top 25 receivers then a running back may be ok for your roster, but I always look to fill that position last when rebuilding.

Every draft there will be opportunities to trade down you just have to find the owners that want to pay to move up. If you have no solid players for the future on your roster having one draft pick in each round isn’t going to help much in the short term, which is where trading down comes into play. Let’s say you are picking first overall and have just one young stud on your roster the best choice you have is to look at the owners picking 3-7 and offer them trades.

The goal here would be to swap the first round picks this season, get the other owners 2nd rounder this season, and their 1st next year. The owners that will typically bite on these types of trades are ones that feel they are ready to compete or were hampered by injuries the season prior resulting in a high draft pick. The other route you could go with this is when no owner’s trade for your draft pick you take the best player on the board and look to trade him for more once he is producing.

While right now the 1st overall pick may net the 3rd pick, a 2nd rounder, and a 2022 1st in a few months when that player is balling out you can potentially ask for an extra 1st rounder or even more depending on who the player is. Another great way to look at it is to look at what Jonathon Taylor, Burrow, Herbert, or Jefferson would fetch in a trade right now vs. what their draft slot would have netted in a trade.

Do You Have Enough Quality Young Depth On Your Roster

Another vital piece of information I feel owners may overlook is how much quality young depth they have on their roster. The key word in the opening sentence is quality and without quality depth in Dynasty Owner your team can unravel fast. I tend to not be a fan of handcuffs in more traditional formats but here in Dynasty Owner I’m starting to believe that handcuffs may be the key to staying competitive for many of years.

If you have someone like Dalvin Cook on your roster it makes much more sense to stash Mattison than to let another owner have him. If you roster both you virtually own the entire Vikings running game for basically the same price you are paying for Cook, because of how cheap Mattison is. If you don’t have Mattison and Cook goes down with a significant injury you are now left trying to trade for another back (which will probably be expensive) instead of just plugging in in Mattison and forgetting about it.

If you can find a way to handcuff your top 3 or 4 players as well as your top quarterback, you should be able to withstand almost any injury while still being competitive and not killing your cap space. The other way to go about making sure you have enough quality talent is to just do some research, just because a player is 22 and on an NFL team doesn’t mean he’s a solid piece on your roster.

If you have a bunch of Malcom Perry’s on your roster instead of players like Eno Benjamin, Jeff Wilson, or Preston William’s (2 years ago) you will always have trouble with depth on your team. The other strategy I want to touch on here is to target backups for injury prone players around the NFL, for instance if you were carrying Chad Hanson, or Coutee deep on your practice squad this past season because of the injury concerns for Fuller you were probably wildly happy come playoff time. These types of moves will almost always go under the radar, but they are a great way to keep your team consistent over the years.

How Much Draft Capital Is Too Much?

One of the great dynasty debates of all time is how much draft capital is too much. I have seen numerous times where owners control almost the entire 1st round of a draft, and while this can work certain years it’s also extremely risky. Drafting 10 players in the 1st 12 picks of a rookie draft can be a great thing but it can also devastate your team if it happens to be a bad draft class, and as we all know nothing in the NFL is a guarantee especially with rookies.

This isn’t a strategy that’s a guaranteed failure, but I can’t imagine it has a great success rate either. If you are one of these owners with 10-20 draft picks in the upcoming draft, I would highly recommend trading around half of them and splitting your picks up between a few drafts. The scenario I see working much more often is targeting 4-7 players for each draft class and target them where they’ll go during the draft, while doing the same in the following seasons.

My personal opinion is that anything over 3 picks per round is probably too much and too risky, though having more picks does increase your chances of hitting on a player it also increases your chances of missing. If you have that many 1st round picks your team was more than likely in rough shape the season before which doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for error if you’re wanting to rebuild on the quicker end of things.

The last part I want to touch on here is how to handle the situation of having too much draft capital. If you happen to run into this problem, I suggest you look at the upcoming draft class and decide which players you think just can’t miss, and where you think they will get drafted. Once you have done this you will have an idea of what draft picks you need to keep and what positions you will have filled after drafting, you then take the picks you think you won’t use and trade them for players that you feel will complement the players you’re going to draft.

A great example would be this past season you fell in love with Taylor, Lamb, and Jefferson and you figured they’d be drafted 3rd, 5th, and 8th. Now that you know who you want and what you expect them to be moving forward you start finding owners who you feel would be willing to trade for some of your excess draft picks. In this scenario I would target a 2nd running back to pair with Taylor and a receiver like Woods who is very consistent to help when your rookies Lamb, and Jefferson have off weeks.

Always Try to Determine a Draft Pick’s Value

While this part of the article may seem fairly obvious it is something that gets overlooked in a couple different ways. Let’s start by talking about the value of your own draft picks when you are trying to deal them. When you have a team that is not going to do well then naturally your draft picks will go up in value because of where it is projected to land.

If you are going to attempt to deal your picks make sure you place said value on each draft pick. Another way to add a little extra value is to throw other owners draft picks (that you control) into your trades instead of your own, simply because you know that pick will be later in the round than yours. I know this seems like common sense but it’s also something that gets overlooked often.

The other scenario here is when you are acquiring draft picks you need to do your best at projecting where that pick could potentially fall, for instance if you are working out a deal with the clear cut number one team in your league then you should be treating their draft pick like it would be a very early 2nd in terms of value. It may not seem like it, but you can leave a potential star on another owner’s roster by valuing a draft pick wrong.

If you are trading with a middle of the road team that you are certain won’t win but is also too good to lose a lot, then you look at their picks as true first rounder’s where the value doesn’t change much at all. To sum all of this up in a short sense just be wary of who you’re trading with and the potential that their roster has on it for the year of the acquired pick.

I know I have said numerous times that if you’re really bad multiple 1st round picks will help much more than just one will, but you still don’t want to let picks go for a undervalue or overpay for them at the same time, meaning if you absolutely have to stay put and trade the player later to get a fair value.  Always remember just because you’re stuck today doesn’t mean something better won’t open up tomorrow.

Conclusion

In Dynasty Owner finding consistent production for cheap will be the key to winning year in and out. In order to be able to maintain a winning roster you must hit on your picks which is the easiest way to get great production for cheap. You also cannot afford to just trade every rookie pick away for veterans because you will run out of money at some point in time making rookie drafts all that more important.

As you can see there is a lot that goes into winning and losing here at Dynasty Owner. If you take anything away from this article its make sure you are looking at where teams will pick and prepare for your rookie draft. That’s all I have for you all today good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

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Does Your Team Need to Rebuild

 By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL

I am still in so much disbelief that the NFL season has seemed to come and go so much faster than normal. While the season was 17 weeks long, just as any other in recent years, it sure did not feel like it. I have to say I hate this time of year more than any unless the Steelers are still playing of course. The thought of only having 3 more football games left is dreadful to think about as a fantasy football lover.

Last weekend my son, old man, and myself (all die hard Buckeye fans) ordered pizza and sat down to watch the National Championship, we were all overly excited to watch the Buckeyes battle the Crimson Tide. The first quarter started with the two powerhouses matching each other touchdown for touchdown, until suddenly they did not. By halftime, the game was out of hand with the Buckeyes trailing the Tide big time and that’s when it really hit me that the best season of the year was almost over, and that’s football season.

It had me thinking back to when Covid blatantly ruined 2020 caused a worldwide sports cancellation that left me salivating to watch Korean Baseball by the time it was all said and done, which I pray never happens again. I bring this story up because here at Dynasty Owner football never really ends, even after football ends.

We as owners have so many things we can be doing to keep the offseason interesting from, deciding who to keep, trying to predict contracts, watching rookie tape, trading, free agency, and much more. Each of these things mentioned will give you advantages as an owner along with keeping football in our lives. While it’s extremely sad to see football come and go, it’s also exciting to see what fun the Dynasty Owner offseason will bring us as owners.

With the college season wrapping up last week I highly suggest checking out Nate’s articles on the incoming rookies to better prepare yourself for the upcoming draft. My last piece of advice is enjoy these last 3 games even if your team is at home watching with the rest of us. As we have already seen anything can happen and sports are a privilege that can be taken away in a second, and that alone should be enough to thoroughly enjoy these last few games as football fans. 

In today’s article we will touch on a few more rebuild topics such as, where you should start when rebuilding, when the right time is to rebuild, why to rebuild, should you rebuild or retool, and why it’s important to be real with yourself about your teams outlook. At some point I will either have this entrenched in your head or you’ll get tired of reading it, but make sure you’re following the offseason content as much as you can these short articles and videos can make a world of difference for owners giving them an advantage.

The advantages may not be enough to win your league but in certain situations it could certainly happen, and they will always put you in better positions with a better understanding of what’s going on. Dynasty Owner can be a lot to take in at first but that’s ok and why Steve, The Jerk, Nate, and I are here to help anyway we can. I want to remind everyone as well please feel free to reach out with any comments, questions, or concerns to any of the Dynasty Owner team. We had one rebuilding owner reach out last week with a trade, which I will include below, check it out! 

Breakdown of A Dynasty Owner’s Trade 

Trade sent in by Taylor Bastedo 

  • Bastedo’s receives- Saquon Barkley, Jarvis Landry 
  • Owner #2 receives- Ronald Jones, Michael Gallup, Courtland Sutton, 2nd round pick 

I do not have any insight on this trade outside of what you see here in front of us. My initial thoughts on this trade is that I feel both owners won. I would imagine that Bastedo’s is ready to make a run next year buying Barkley, and Landry. Landry is not a pretty name by any means but it is a consistent name and has been for many years. While Landry had a down year (by his standards) he looks to be the go to guy in 2021 for the Browns.

After OBJ went out Landry, and Baker took off and having that kind of stability is an especially important part when it comes to winning in the playoffs in fantasy football. He was also able to get the potential rb1 next season in Barkley, on top of Landry. Owner #2 is in a full on rebuild and trying to gain as much young cheap talent and cap space as possible.

The trio of Jones, Gallup, and Sutton all have solid potential moving forward, with Sutton being the key piece in the trade. Overall, both owners should feel they got the better end with Owner #2 getting out of an aging Landry’s contract for value in return, when it could be hard to trade this time next season.

Bastedo’s should also be thrilled about adding Barkley and such a solid Wr to his roster. At the end of the day I think owner #2 did well for a rebuilding team giving himself young assets to either trade, or keep as well as plenty of cap room moving forward, while Bastedo’s should be competing for a championship next season. It’s a rare trade where everyone win.

1. When is it time for a rebuild? 

Owners who know when the time is right for a rebuild are owners who will always be one step ahead of the game. In Dynasty Owner you will need to look at things a little different because of the salary cap. What I mean by that is in regular dynasty leagues you can afford to wait a year for a player that gets injured and run at it again next year, but in Dynasty Owner you don’t have that luxury.

Imagine you had CMC this season and were hard up against the cap, when you lost CMC you pretty much lost your championship window. Next season CMC will cost roughly $12 million more in salary, so unless you drafted extremely smart you will lose some type of important piece because of that contract. I feel this is something that will get overlooked way too often in this format. Always pay attention to your studs and how long they have left on their deal as that will help greatly when deciding if you need to rebuild or not.

There is no perfect time for a rebuild but if you pay attention and realize you have 3 players heading for major deals at the same time it’s time to shake thing up and get your cap back in order. There are also other ways of realizing a rebuild is right for you but most are a bit more obvious (horrible team, zero cap space and a middle of the road team) than planning out how many players get raises at the same time.

2. Where should you start when rebuilding? 

This is another question that has no perfect answer to it. While there is no perfect answer to the question most will have their own preference. In rebuilds that I plan to take longer than 2 years I start by trading every running back of value I have and the reason for that is because of the shelf life most running backs have, in essence move them before you can’t.

In football a running back is at their highest value the moment they are drafted until roughly 27 years old (if they’re lucky). The other 3 positions tend to age much better, which makes them the positions I always start with in a rebuild. The best way I have come up with (depending on your league) is to go in this order tight end, wide receiver, quarterback, and then running back.

I say start at tight end because they generally take at least 3 years to become productive fantasy options. Wide receiver is the next spot you look for because they generally produce early in their career and last much longer than the running back position.

The quarterback position is what I look to handle 3rd because you don’t want them to get a contract extension before you’re ready to compete, so take them after your tight end and receivers to try and keep your cap potential maximized. I like to look for running backs last barring a deal I can’t refuse and that is due to their shelf life and availability.

Most productive backs you find will come from the draft or trades (not many James Robinson type guys each year) and you rarely want to trade assets for running backs in a rebuild. Remember this is not a plan you need to live and die by, don’t turn down a great running back trade because you’re horrid at wide receiver.

3. Do you need to rebuild or retool? 

This is one of the great questions most owners face and that’s should I really rebuild or can I just retool my roster. Again, this is another question without a perfect answer but there are plenty of things you can use to decide this.

The first thing I look at is the Quarterback position to figure out which route to go. Let’s say you went the route I did and did not place enough value on quarterbacks before you drafted. By doing so you leave yourself with Darnold, and Jones as your starters of the future at quarterback. In this situation even if you have a good supporting team it still may not be enough to win when all is said and done, and no one wants to be stuck in the middle of the pack.

At this point you have 2 options to retool and that’s trade for a top 10 quarterback or get lucky and find one in free agency. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but owners don’t trade their young star quarterbacks in this format, they are just too important. If you are able to trade for a young star quarterback you will more than likely destroy your team’s future, which no owner wants to do.

In this situation your best bet is trade those valuable position players while keeping any young receiver’s , or tight ends on your roster and load up on young talent and tons of draft capital. I always try to remind myself that retools are almost always caused by injuries to multiple players, or a player or two (who are replaceable)starting to show their age. 

Full video breakdown on YouTube

4. Be real with yourself about your team! 

The expression be real with yourself about your team is something I heard a ton of as a new dynasty player and for years it didn’t make sense, until one day it just clicked. As owners we have what I like to call a “my team bias”, meaning you look at your team and think everyone is a superstar or is going to bounce back next season, when in all reality you know it’s a longshot.

This doesn’t tend to happen to owners who are finishing in the bottom 3 of their league, it tends to happen to the teams that just make/miss the playoffs. Having a “my team bias” is one of the worst things any regular dynasty manager can do, and it only gets worse here on Dynasty Owner. If you are not honest with yourself about the future outlook of your team it may set you back years.

If you are constantly picking 5-8 in the draft I can assure you 2 things, one being you will always pay a premium for your starting quarterback (or start a Darnold), and your team will never be elite. If you find yourself picking 6th 2 years in a row yet look at your team and say these guys are about to break out, you probably have a bad case of the “my team bias”.

Owners that do realize their team is not what they hoped when drafting tend to turn their team around much quicker because they were real with themselves about their team and went into rebuild mode at the right time. It’s never too late for a rebuild but you can make it take much longer than you’d originally hoped. 

5. Why do owners rebuild? 

I’m sure some are wondering why I would take the time to write about something obvious like why do owners rebuild. To be honest this wasn’t something I had planned on writing about, but I showed a buddy of mine what I’ve done so far to rebuild my team and his response was “why would you ever trade away CMC”.

His comments were obviously geared towards a regular fantasy setting but I’m sure there are plenty of Dynasty Owners wondering the same. As mentioned above picking 5-8 in your rookie draft every year is not good for the future of your team, this is no different than NFL teams picking in the middle of the draft, meaning they were not good, but they also weren’t bad enough to get a can’t miss prospect either. You either want to be successful making real runs at championships or picking in the top 3 where you can get a player that should turn into an absolute stud that will help you make runs at championships.

Go back and look through some recent rookie only drafts and you will see that the top picks tend to work out much better than the middle of the road picks, this is especially critical in the 2nd round where talent runs out fairly quick most seasons. My best advice is either be really good, or be really bad because the middle is worse than bad. 

Conclusion 

I just want to take a second and thank all of you who read these articles and/or watch the videos. The support you guys give Dynasty Owner is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to watch everyone grow as owners, writers, and friends. Getting to play in Dynasty Owner has been one of the most enjoyable fantasy experiences I have ever had and I hope that is able to continue for many years to come.

As I always say please feel free to message any of us writers on Twitter with any questions, comments, or concerns. I would also like to encourage everyone again to tell a few friends about the format, giving them a chance to enjoy this game with all of us. I hope everyone enjoys the article and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring! 

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Different Aspects and Strategies of Orphan Teams

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

I want to start by saying congratulations to our 2020 champions, as well as a huge win for Viktor in the Chase for the Ring contest. Even some of our 2020 champions will need to start looking at a rebuild as soon as this year. If you don’t believe me just go look at Victors team in the standings and you will see he has a ton of tough decisions to make heading into next season, you can also find him and his team on a recent podcast with Tim and Seth where his team is on display. I bring this up to encourage some of the owners who are in a much worse rebuild than any of our champions, just keep at it. Rebuilds can happen because of a multitude of reasons and in a format like this I believe your best bet is to somewhat rebuild after just one lost season, especially if you have a few players set to go up in salary.

I could have easily chalked up this year as a loss and found a way to fit CMC, Mixon, and Hunt into my team next season, but I decided it wasn’t worth the gamble with 2 of the 3 being hurt this season and all 3 getting new costly deals. Instead, I’m looking at Dobbins, Gibson, and Dillion for years to come on a much lower total salary. With running backs seemingly always aging faster than any other position I recommend moving them just before or at the beginning of their 2nd deals, unless you are ready to win now of course. I hope everyone is prepared for all the tough decisions this off season will bring, as always feel free to contact any of us on Twitter with questions.

Learning About Orphan Teams

Before we start getting crazy in depth on rebuilds, I want to touch on a very important part of rebuilding in a format like this, which is orphan teams. First, I would like to mention that orphan teams will become available sometime in the future so those interested just keep an eye out for an announcement. Orphan teams are one of the most fun aspects you will find in any dynasty platform, if you have never tried out an orphan team, I highly recommend it.

There are several factors at play here with my favorite being that you are not mentally attached to any one player, for instance in a league I joined with my dad and his buddies I took an orphan team over and, on that team, I have zero of the old owners’ players, yet I still have Kareem Hunt ($3,259,000) who I took with my first ever pick in that league. A lot of players overlook this fact when comparing taking over a team to a startup league but it’s almost always true, I mean despite all the trouble Hunt has gone through I’ve never considered trading him, which hurt me late this season when I countered a trade that then fell through because I just couldn’t trade Hunt.

Orphans in Dynasty Owner seem like they will take a little longer than regular leagues when rebuilding because of the salary cap, with some of the issue being how much an unproven high-end rookie will make. If you are paying someone like Burrow ($9,074,534) each season and he turns out to be average, you will have an uphill battle to climb when playing top level teams. I know most will push back and say that’s the case in any league which is true, but those leagues don’t have players like Aaron Rodgers ($33,5000,000), or Brandin Cooks ($16,200,000) as available free agents with no hopes of being picked up, in most leagues. The player pool is much more limited in this format with their only being so much money to spend on so many roster spots.

The last aspect of orphan teams I want to touch on is flat out where to start. While this is up for debate, I believe you should start by setting up a 2–3-year plan and trying to be patient when executing that plan. This is what my plan looks like.

  • Trade away players over 26-28 years old (QB’s can be an exception) no one is untouchable if offered the right price.
  • Draft or trade for two very young tight ends as they take years to develop.
  • Find your franchise quarterback first, so that by the time they’re consistently playing well the rest of your roster will be ready.
  • Target 1st or 2nd year wide receivers who have shown some promise
  • Finally, go out and target young running backs who are performing and seeing good volume.
  • When ready trade your precious draft capital for the final pieces.

Breakdown

1. Trade Away Players Over 26-28 Years Old

I know it may sound unrealistic when I say trade anyone over 26-28 years old, but in this format, I honestly feel it’s the best route to go. This can all vary depending on position as you may be able to stretch that age for a player at the tight end or quarterback position. At the tight end spot, we have seen players remain productive in terms of the position much longer than a running back or wide receiver with quarterback always being the king of dynasty longevity. The wide receiver position is one I would say you can push more towards 28, if you feel confident in your rebuilding skills.

Once a receiver gets near age 30 their production tends to start falling off and they almost always have a high salary that comes with them just look at A.J Green ($17,971,000) and Julio Jones ($22,000,000). I say trade them before they start to dip, and you lose value. At the running back position, I will be looking to trade around the start of their 2nd deal with keeping them a year into their 2nd deal being an option in certain cases. Any expert will tell you a running back is at his peak the moment he gets drafted.

2. Draft Two Young Tight Ends

When taking over an orphan team one of your first transaction priorities need to be acquiring two young tight ends. The tight end position rarely, if ever produces a star in the first 2-3 years, so acquire them early and let them develop. A great example of this is on my Dynasty Owner team I have Dallas Goedert ($1,406,068), Drew Sample ($1,376,574), and Adam Trautman ($1,124,850) in hopes they’ll all be producing relatively well in a year or two. If you happen to miss on these tight ends you can always try to trade for a Dallas Goedert, before he blows up and demands a Darren Waller trade price.

3. Find Your Franchise Quarterback

When taking over a team in this situation I’m assuming you will be struggling at the quarterback position… at least most will be. I highly recommend drafting or acquiring a quarterback before you start your first season, with the reason being you won’t be winning that first season and sometimes it takes a rookie a few weeks to get on the field, which will put a damper on your playoff chances. Finding players before they develop will help any rebuild, but if you were able to get Justin Herbert ($6,644,688) just before his first start he would have been had for half the price that he is now. Another great example is Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) this season and all the ups and downs he has faced, yet he’s still shown promise for the future. If you really dig into it, I’m willing to bet only a handful of teams had a starter on Tua’s fantasy level.

4. Target 1st or 2nd Year Wide Receivers

Rookie and 2nd year wideouts tend to be cheaper to acquire than a wide receiver of Deandre Hopkins ($16,200,000) level. If you are going to trade early during your orphan team rebuild you should be targeting players like CeeDee Lamb ($3,502,503), as he is projected to end up being a Hopkins type player eventually, he will also be half the salary for many years to come. Rookie receivers come into the league in their early twenties and usually produce all the way through their age 29 season. As Rich Dotson always says about young receivers “what feels like an overpay today, will be an underpay tomorrow.” I would also recommend taking chances on your favorite struggling rookie receivers as they tend to start slow and blow up later, cough cough Justin Jefferson ($3,280,701). Another great strategy is targeting injured rookie receivers like Michael Pittman Jr. ($2,153,212) this season.

5. Target Young Running Backs Getting Volume

After your first season when things are starting to look up and you have a bunch of young studs on your roster almost ready to compete, it’s time to target your running backs. You can trade for running backs, but they will cost you if they have a clear role with any type of volume. Your best bet to acquire running backs are hitting your draft picks and get lucky in free agency. If you end up missing on draft picks you can turn back to the receiver strategy and target players who are injured or starting slow like J.K. Dobbins ($1,432,359) this season. Owners almost always hold good running backs for a king’s ransom, so I tend to try and find other avenues when acquiring running backs. You could always just find the next James Robinson!

6. Trade Your Precious Draft Capital

This may be an unpopular take with some but I’m a firm believer in having to give up assets when it’s time to end a full rebuild. The only possible way to avoid this is to hit on everything, which almost never happens. If you have managed to get this far still having yours and other owners draft capital, it’s time to cash it in for a sure thing. There is nothing that’s guaranteed in fantasy and those percentages drop even more with rookies. I know it may be hard but do not be afraid to overpay a little at this point for a top tier player, especially at the weak spot on your roster. There are a lot of owners out there who miss a championship because they held onto their draft picks like golem holds the ring.

Conclusion

As you can see orphan teams can be extremely challenging and a tough task to complete, but most of us are here for a fantasy challenge and this could be right up most of our alley. One thing I have yet to mention are the rare cases of an owner receiving an orphan team that doesn’t need much work. While rare this does happen, in fact I’ve seen owners take over a solid orphan team and win a championship right out the gate. The last thing I want to touch on this to anyone considering an orphan team is don’t get overwhelmed and be patient when making deals, the first deal isn’t always the best, in fact it’s usually the worst. I hope everyone enjoyed this season and plans to be back next year. I also want to challenge everyone who reads this to invite a few friends to the platform, the more that join the more Dynasty Owner is capable of. As always enjoy your Chase for the Ring 2021 edition!

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Intro to Rebuilding and Retooling Your Roster

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Whether any of us owners want to admit it or not, we have all been through a rebuild at some point in our dynasty careers. If you have played dynasty 10 plus years and have managed to never rebuild, congratulations that is near impossible to do. Many things may cause an owner to rebuild in fantasy, with none being more of a nuisance than the classic injury bug. Over the years I’ve played fantasy football, I’ve witnessed countless juggernauts lose due to injury, heck I had a team I thought couldn’t be touched lose this week by 1.8 points because Julio didn’t play and I was forced to start Mike Williams, who put up a big fat goose egg, as well as DJ Moore out with COVID-19.

These types of moments can happen at any time making depth so important to winning a championship. I’ve been told more than once that in fantasy making the playoffs consistently determines your skill, once you are in the playoffs its mainly luck, with most teams in the playoffs on the same level. I truly believe the statement given simply because anything can happen in fantasy and as we have all learned projections mean absolutely nothing in fantasy. One great piece of advice I can give you is to make the rebuild fun. If you go into a rebuild upset because your team is horrible it more than likely won’t turn out well, but if you get excited do some research and find your rookies, rebuilding can be every bit as fun as winning.

In this article I will quickly break down the different terms you will hear when talking about rebuilds, timing of a rebuild, when you should consider a rebuild vs. a retool, and what challenges rebuilding presents in Dynasty Owner. This is the first article of many geared towards rebuilding your team, each article will go in depth on the different topics and the strategies behind them. Also, some of the best info you will find on Dynasty Owner comes from reading articles on the site and watching the live streams, both can help immensely in your rebuild. With this platform being so unique, articles and streams will give you an advantage over those who don’t watch or read along consistently.

The most common terms you will hear with this is either rebuild or tear down. Rebuilding or tearing your team down is exactly how it sounds, it’s a full on rebuild where you look to trade pretty much every player on your roster who holds value another owner can use. There are a lot of players who use the terms rebuild and retool with the same context.

  • A retool is when an owner feels he’s 2-3 players away from a potential championship and will look to trade young players who are not performing or draft capital to acquire the pieces they feel will put them over the top.

Retooling can also be used when your team is hit with injury and you need to find equal production to fill the injured players spot in your lineup. Middle of the road is another term you may hear when talking about certain dynasty teams.

The middle of the road is the worst place to be in fantasy, meaning you’re too good to get the 1st overall pick, but you’re also not good enough to win it all. Middle of the road is no different than your favorite team picking 10-20 every year in the NFL draft, missing the cream of the crop. The last term I want to talk about is tanking, tanking is when you want to lose at all costs to get the best draft pick you can. There are a few different methods to tanking, but in my opinion only one of them is the right way to go about it, which is trade your good players away for young breakout candidates who aren’t producing just yet and play them. The wrong way to tank is to blatantly try to lose by not setting a lineup, while this is a full proof plan it’s not fair to other owners in the playoff hunt. I by no means am saying not to tank just use proper fantasy etiquette when doing so.

Timing seems to be everything when it comes to rebuilding or retooling your team. If you are in the middle of the offseason most players, you trade will bring back less value than in season. The main reason that causes this is the eye test, for instance someone is much more likely to overpay for a player in the middle of a great season compared to a player someone hasn’t seen play in months. A great example, if you are an owner with CMC right now is probably the worst time to trade him. Any owner you send a CMC offer is likely going to counter with less due to not seeing him play in what feels like over a year, on top of that he’s injured, and can’t help anyone win right now or anytime soon.

A rebuild can be expedited by nailing the timing of trades but can also add on a few years if you miss on your trades. I have done quite a bit of digging on timing of rebuilds and I have found one answer is close to universally agreed upon, a week or two before the trade deadline almost always brings back the most value. If you are a trade deadline rebuilder always be sure to follow injuries close, as the owners with injured players tend to panic when trying to find a suitable replacement. While timing is almost everything when trading it is still up to the rebuilding owner to acquire the correct pieces and hit on their draft picks or its back to the bottom they go.

The last two things I want to touch on are why any owner would consider a rebuild, I mean you’re almost guaranteed to lose at that point, along with a quick look at some of the problems Dynasty Owner presents when starting your rebuild. Going into your season you have one thing on your mind most years, win a championship. So why on earth would anyone realistically want to rebuild? As a wise man once said in dynasty “even when you’re losing, you’re winning”, meaning if you finish dead last, you’ll have someone like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and plenty of stud position players staring you in the face. While I realize no owner truly wants to blatantly lose, sometimes it’s the only option if you want to win quicker. The true challenge here is learning how to rebuild and still managing your cap space in the coming seasons. For instance, you don’t want to go out and acquire 3 or 4 studs on cheap deals who are set to get  likely having to drop someone. The salaries also make rebuilding extremely strategic because if you are a team with loads of cap space you can afford to take on a bad contract to gain a young player or draft capital.

A trade I made involving this strategy was moving off Julio Jones ($22,000,000) for Reagor (3,317,669), A. Green (17,971,000) and a 2022 1st. In any other league no owner in their right mind would trade Julio for Green and Reagor but when drafting Julio, I knew with how expensive he is, and I would need to amnesty him at the end of the year. Instead, I was able to eat Greens salary, give him a stud, and get Reagor and a 1st on top of it. I also used this strategy when acquiring Gibson ($1,226,433), and draft capital and I used Greg Olsen ($7,000,000) to open space up for my trading partner which ended up closing the deal. I have found that owners will pay to open space on their roster and are much more likely to pull the trigger if you are willing to eat a bad deal in return. The most important thing to remember when taking on a bad contract is the contract length, if it’s over 2 years and you can’t amnesty find a different deal, not having space can cripple the best of teams on Dynasty Owner.

Hopefully this gives everyone a solid understanding on what to expect in these articles moving forward. If you have any topics or questions, you’d like in any of these articles feel free to reach out on twitter. As mentioned above these are going to be very in-depth articles on very specific topic’s on rebuilding, as well as different types of strategies you can deploy at different stages of your rebuild. It will also include a few retooling articles for those of you that went out and killed it this season. In dynasty there is never a good time to be satisfied with your roster or draft capital and you should always be looking for more talent to improve your roster, and never forget about the bottom end players.

As sad as it is to see the end of the fantasy season come to close in the coming weeks this is when it really starts to get fun in Dynasty Owner with so much going on in the off season. The off season is truly what makes this platform so different and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I will, as always good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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