Six Players Rebuilding Owners Should Trade for this Off-season

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Dynasty Owners! Welcome back to another weekly rebuild article. Before I jump into the normal stuff, I would like to reveal what I will be covering over the next few weeks. In next week’s article, I am going to be digging into one of Steve Van Tassell’s (@SteveVT33) teams that needs an old fashioned rebuild. I am not sure if this will be a one- or two-part series just yet and will really depend on what the team looks like and how many moves can be made. I feel this will be a fun way we can all help Steve during his rebuild as I will be asking for help from all of you on trades, cuts, and free agent pickups via Twitter. Once I get Steve’s rebuild finished up, I will be doing an article on the Dynasty Owner store as well as purchasing an orphan team to start rebuilding. When selecting the orphan team, I will cover different things about what you all should look for when purchasing an orphan team or a team from the Dynasty Owner store. The following week, I will discuss the strategy I will be using during the rebuild of my new orphan team. In today’s article, I will be covering six players who I feel rebuilding owners should target this off-season and no you won’t be seeing Ja’Marr Chase’s name on this list. He is just too expensive to acquire. The main thing I am looking for in all these players is that I do not have to give up many assets to get them and I want them to still have potential to be a staple on my roster soon. If you enjoyed last week’s video, please let me know on Twitter. Also, let me know if you would like another article of players that need to be traded in a rebuild.

As always, before we jump into these six players, let’s cover the amazing weekend of football we all just witnessed. All four divisional round games were decided in the final seconds of regulation or in overtime and it was unbelievable to watch and something we may never see again. Up first, we have the Bengals vs the Titans and while I chose the Titans to win, I did mention Henry would be the x-factor and needed to play well. Unfortunately for the Titans that did not happen, because of that Joe Cool and the Bengals are in the AFC Championship game. Up next, we have the Rams vs Buccaneers, and this was one of the most frustrating games I have ever watched as a football fan. Is it just me or does it seem like Tom Brady has always gotten the most ridiculously timed breaks throughout his career? I mean it seems like even in a loss like Sunday for Brady, the Football Gods are gracious. In the other NFC matchup, we had Evan Eckert’s dream become reality when Aaron Rodgers choked out of the playoffs once again. Personally, I am a fan of Rodgers but only 10 points at home is on the quarterback in today’s NFL. In what may very well be the game of the decade, we had the Chiefs narrowly squeak by the Bills in an overtime game. A game that featured 25 points in the last two minutes of regulation only to end in a tie game. Unfortunately for the Bills, the Chiefs won the coin toss and essentially won the game getting the ball first and forcing Josh Allen to watch helplessly from the sideline.

Enough about the past, let’s jump into the future with a quick preview of both championship games this weekend. The NFC matchup features two NFC West teams, the San Francisco 49ers vs the Los Angeles Rams. I have the Rams winning the matchup, but I am not all that confident in my pick with the 49ers winning their previous six games against the Rams. The playoffs are a much different story, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. On the AFC side, we have the Cincinnati Bengals vs the reigning AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs in what should be another fantastic game. I bet against the Bengals last week and I clearly did not learn my lesson as I will do the same this week. The Chiefs’ experience will be a bit too much to handle for the Bengals on the road leaving us with a Super Bowl matchup of Rams vs Chiefs and a second straight team earning a home game in the Super Bowl.

Now that we have the Super Bowl matchup decided let’s move on to the article.

  1. Trevor Lawrence – (QB – JAX) – 3 years/$9,198,372

I really considered putting Trey Lance on this list but after the season Trevor Lawrence had in 2021, I feel he may be the easier asset to acquire. If the Jaguars hit on a coach, Lawrence’s development could move quickly in the right direction, but I am not sure many Dynasty Owners have much faith in that happening with the franchise he plays for. When rebuilding you should already have multiple picks from other members in your league and I would attempt to use those to acquire anyone on this list. The quarterback position is tough to play in the NFL and while some have taken off instantly, it’s perfectly reasonable to see a young player struggle, especially in the middle of so much dysfunction like Lawrence was. If Lawrence can turn it around, you will have a cheap franchise signal caller on a rookie deal for the next 3 years without mortgaging the future a ton. Let’s not forget Lawrence was potentially the best prospect to ever enter the NFL draft according to many scouts.

2. Rashod Bateman – (WR – BAL) – 3 years/$3,149,853

I know many people are worried about Lamar Jackson and his ability to throw the ball, but I feel he does it well enough to produce two solid fantasy assets with Bateman being one of them moving forward. When Bateman played in 2021, he showed real promise and the ability to play the X position. If Bateman can stay healthy and continue his upward trajectory you will have yourself a solid Number 1 receiver on his rookie deal for years to come. The best part is he won’t cost you a ton of draft capital to acquire in a trade. I am not sure why, but Bateman doesn’t get anywhere near the respect he should after showing promise in 2021. For me, the name of the game when rebuilding is to grab as many young guys with solid potential as possible allowing me to be picky when it comes time to renew contracts. When rebuilding you can never go wrong by finding great fantasy role players for cheap and pairing them with the big-time studs your high picks produce.

3. Darnell Mooney – (WR – CHI) – 2 years/$894,263

I initially did not have Darnell Mooney on this list, but I don’t think his value has risen enough that he is untouchable for rebuilding owners. While Fields has shown he loves throwing Mooney’s way, there will likely be two buying windows and it really comes down to which you prefer. Now the Bears are in the middle of a coaching search and a good, or bad hire, has the potential to swing Mooney’s value a little bit, but the real gamble is waiting to see if the Bears draft a receiver early. If they do, Mooney will see his value decrease but if they pass on the position, Mooney’s value could skyrocket big time. In my opinion, if I am trading for Mooney, I am doing it after the draft as I see the Bears taking a receiver in the first two rounds to help with the development of Justin Fields. Optics mean a lot when it comes to trading in Dynasty Owner.

4. James Robinson – (RB – JAX) – 1 year/$763,333

I personally stay away from running backs early on in rebuilds but with Robinson if you are already a year or two into your rebuild, he makes a ton of sense. Robinson has shown he is a talented player who can handle a lead back role in the NFL. Unfortunately for Robinson he suffered a torn Achilles at the end of 2021 and will be sidelined roughly 9-12 months. Now that Robinson is cheaper than he ever has been to acquire, the time is now to get a deal done. If Robinson can bounce back, in a year from now you will have a solid running back to either trade or help contribute to your rebuild that should have an end in sight. In a perfect world, Robinson comes back midway through next season, plays well and signs as the main guy outside of Jacksonville.

5. Pat Freiermuth – (TE – PIT) – 3 years/$1,507,045

At Number 5, we have the future Steelers great Pat Freiermuth. I wanted to make sure I included all four of the major positions in Dynasty Owner and I couldn’t find a young tight end I wanted to trade for more than Freiermuth. I know some will argue Pitts here, but I feel he will cost too much to get in a trade for most rebuilding owners to afford (we all know you can afford Pitts and Chase with your draft capital Bryce). Heading into 2022, the Steelers have a major question mark at the quarterback position making it a great time to trade for their young tight end. I generally like to start my rebuilds by acquiring a solid young tight end and Freiermuth fits the bill. Always remember, it’s ok to walk away from a trade if an owner wants too much in return.

6. Brandon Aiyuk – (WR – SF) – 2 years/$3,132,835

Brandon Aiyuk is probably the most interesting player on this list simply because we know what this kid can do for stretches on an NFL field, like when he had six games with 17.5 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 2020 over an eight-game stretch, while missing two games to injury during that time. I am not sure Aiyuk passes Samuel on the depth chart like many thought would happen heading into 2021, but I do see him being a huge piece of this offense once Lance takes over. I feel at this point Aiyuk can be had for a second round pick plus a Bench player and he will likely be a solid WR2 on your roster for many years to come. Another thing to look at is if the streaky play continues his second contract will not come with a big price tag but he will likely still have that boom or bust potential.

Thank you all for reading and be sure to check out Matt, Steve, and Nate’s articles and videos as well. Stay safe out there and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!

Rebuilding Owners Should Make These Kinds of Trades (Part 2)

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Is there a more boring time in the NFL than now? When the top news story of the day is about a 2nd year quarterback throwing interceptions in a pair of shorts, you know reporters are out looking for things to write about, regardless of how unimportant they are. With all of that said, I am here to spice things up a bit for you with some real-life Dynasty Owner trades that should help my team go from one of the bottom feeders of my league to a contender for many years to come. It will also give Dynasty Owners an idea of what to expect when trading for your personal teams.

Over the last year, I have been trying to understand the true trade value of players and contracts combined on this platform, and I come up with the same conclusion every time, which is all trades are going to be situational depending on who you are trading with. As you are reading this article pay close attention to trades #7 and #10 both involving pick 1.01 in different ways. I bring these two trades up because of how I handled the same asset with different values, but still got what I wanted out of the deal in the end. Over the years I’ve played fantasy football I’ve found most trades will depend on who you are trading with, but in those leagues, you can use a trade calculator to get a deal done. Here on Dynasty Owner, there are zero trade calculators and virtually nothing to reference trades aside from the knowledge you have and trades that were previously made in your league. In my opinion there are several factors that make Dynasty Owner the most enjoyable fantasy experience I have ever had, but the one that stands out the most is the tremendous differences I have seen in how different owners value different things.

I have mentioned numerous times in earlier articles that chatting with your league mates is the easiest and most efficient way to get a deal done. If you just start chatting and understand how different owners think and value things you will have a much easier time getting deals done. I don’t want to single anyone out but recently on Twitter I saw one of our owners annoyed at a trade offer he received. While I fully understand how that can get under someone’s skin, I truly feel in Dynasty Owner you will get these types of deals more often because of the way different owners value things when you add a price tag to it. When you factor in price, it can make for bad trades especially if one of the owners is up against the cap. I know I have made trades and felt I needed to add more but simply couldn’t because of the cost for the other owner. I personally feel the best way to attack these owners and get a deal done is to break the trade down in a message and show them why you need more to get a deal done, possibly by adding draft picks or swapping out a player that is cheaper with similar production. I have tried this four times thus far in my Dynasty Owner career and have made two deals I’m extremely happy with because of it. A quick example would be an offer of the 1.05 for the 1.01 which is obviously a horrible trade and will always be a No. I would message back explaining why there’s not enough value to accept and what I’d be willing to accept. If you don’t get a message back from the owner you can move on. If you do then you’re in business. I am not going to say who, but I was told a story about a very prominent individual in the fantasy football world who took over a team on Dynasty Owner and one of the first moves this person made was putting Russell Wilson on the trading block for a 1st round pick. Trading on Dynasty Owner will be interesting for quite a while to say the least.

(Before and after teams listed at the bottom)

Trade 7 – (4/17/2021)

Sent – 2021 1.05, 1.06, and 2.05

Received – 2021 1.01 and 3.12

At this point I knew I was going to be in the market for just about everything, but more specifically I knew I had to come away with one quarterback in the 2021 rookie draft. Leading up to the inaugural Dynasty Owner rookie draft, I truly had no idea how the draft was going to play out, which prompted me to make a move for the 1.01. As a rebuilding owner this was a tough trade to make because I hate giving up multiple young assets for one, but I love being able to somewhat control the draft at the same time. When thinking about it I looked at the 1.01 as a safer bet than the 1.05 and 1.06, with Trevor Lawrence being so highly valued among the NFL scouting community. Those types of players tend to work out more often than not. I also took into consideration that I would be able to get close to similar value, if not more back for the 1.01 if I decided I wanted to move it for more assets and ultimately pulled the trigger on making this deal. The other factor here was salary with picks 1.05, and 1.06 likely costing more than just Lawrence would by himself. As I’ve mentioned before young quarterbacks are gold in Dynasty Owner. Overall, I feel I may have overpaid a bit, but I did have a direction I wanted this team to go, and figured Lawrence would fit in well with my young roster. I also knew that my roster would look wildly different come draft day and loved the flexibility this trade offered in terms of the multiple ways I could go in the draft. The opposite owner in this trade was extremely happy with the deal as he probably got a little more overall value than me in this trade. I absolutely love making deals like this one where both owners leave smiling!

Trade 8 – (4/11/21)

Sent – Daniel Jones (2 years, $6,416,014), 2021 2.06

Received – 2021 1.07 and 3.07

I have slowly been learning that the owner that thinks more than a couple moves ahead will benefit greatly in Dynasty Owner. Heading into the offseason I had four starting quarterbacks and only one was someone I would consider borderline Top 10 in Ryan Tannehill. I knew the first day of the offseason all of my quarterbacks except for Sam Darnold would be gone rather quickly. The reason for this was because I knew in the next two years Daniel Jones, Jameis Winston, and Sam Darnold would all either receive big contract extensions or they would end up as a backup somewhere, just look at Mitch Trubisky in Buffalo. With all three of these quarterbacks set for new deals I knew the time to strike was now. As you had seen earlier, I had already dealt Winston to gain some receiver depth and next up was Daniel Jones. The owner had originally messaged about who would be easier to acquire between Darnold and Jones, with me telling him I’d much rather move Jones. I wanted to move Jones first because I am not all that sold on him, and I knew with Kenny Golladay signing with the Giants he would have a bit more value over Darnold. The deal didn’t take long to make as I felt the original offer was very fair. Overall, I’d say both owners left this trade happy, and both got what we wanted. As far as long-term value goes, I am thrilled to gain another asset for a player who will likely be expensive or benched soon. I’ll take four or five years of a rookie deal over a Daniel Jones extension any day of the week.

Trade 9 – (4/15/2021)

Sent – Sam Darnold (1 year, $7,561,929), Allen Lazard (1 year, $675,000), 2021 1.02, 3.06, 3.07, and 3.12 

Received- Tony Pollard (2 years, $796,945), Phillip Lindsay (1 year, $3,250,000), 2021 1.04 and 1.08

Do you remember what I said last week about the Jameis Winston trade? Capitalize on the news! Sam Darnold may very well be a talented kid, but it is not very often, that we see a player fail as miserably as Darnold did and come back and revive their career elsewhere. The one instance I can think to compare the Darnold situation to is Ryan Tannehill in Miami. The kicker for that is Tannehill and Darnold both played under the same coach, Adam Gase, during the worst part of their respective careers. When Darnold initially went to the Panthers, I had every intention of keeping him to see if we had another Tannehill situation on the horizon, but after thinking about it he would just be too expensive next season thus lowering his trade value significantly. Darnold is a very limited runner with the ball and that fact alone really caps his fantasy value, meaning in 2022 he will need to be phenomenal if you want him to return solid value while playing on his fifth year option, which will make him much more expensive than his 2021 salary (1 year, $7,561,929).

All in all, I had to move back 2 spots to the 1.04, picked up an extra 1st round pick in the 1.08, and got two solid young running backs in Tony Pollard and Phillip Lindsay for some much-needed bench depth at the position. The other owner approached me because he needed a quarterback and after a few messages back and forth we had a deal. The only things I would be worried about as the other owner is how much the Panthers will pay Darnold, and will he be able to turn into what we all hoped he’d be when he was drafted third overall by the Jets. I feel both owners left this trade happy with him getting his potential QB of the future for his team and myself getting an extra quality draft pick in a year with a very deep first round. I do want to mention that had this been a somewhat shallow class in terms of position players I may not have made this move, but I was certain there would be great value left at the 1.08.

Trade 10 – (5/07/2021)

Sent – Russell Gage (1 year, $654,049), A.J. Dillon (3 years, $1,321,458), 2021 1.01

Received – D.J. Moore (2 years, $2,792,829), 2021 1.02 and 2.12

In all fantasy football there are trades that just seem harder to make than others for us owners and this happened to be one of those trades. The other owner approached me about the 1.01 and asked who I had planned to take, which was initially Trevor Lawrence or Najee Harris. I looked at the other owner’s team and knew for certain he was after Harris as he had a solid team but needed running back help pretty bad. I responded telling him the two players I was thinking and that I was unsure of a deal. I knew in the back of my head it wasn’t likely I would take Harris at this point, but I couldn’t let him know that and shortly after I ended up swinging a deal to move the 1.01. After some back and forth we finally agreed on the trade above which gave me the rights to D.J. Moore, and I only had to move back to the 1.02 to get him in this deal. In the past, I have mentioned that knowing the other owners teams’ in your league will benefit you greatly, this is exactly what I mean by that. If I hadn’t looked at his team, I would have probably told him, I was leaning toward Lawrence and lost every bit of leverage I had in the deal. As a rebuilding owner sometimes less is more and if you can move back one pick while picking up a talent like Moore you have to do it every time. As far as the future outlook of my team after this trade, it may end up putting me in a bind having A.J. Brown, Dionte Johnson, and D.J. Moore getting new deals at the same time, but I do have players like Brandin Cooks, and Dak Prescott with solid backups if I really needed to clear out space a year or two down the road. The owner I made the deal with seemed to be happy with the deal as well after getting the player/pick he set out to get. The other owner got a bit of an added bonus in the deal a few weeks after with Russell Gage now having a clear path to targets after Julio Jones was moved to Tennessee.

Trade 11 – (6/04/2021)

Sent – 2021 1.02 (Kyle Pitts – 4 years, $8,227,623), O.J. Howard (1 year $6,013,000)

Received – Travis Kelce (5 years, $14,312,500), 2021 3.08

When you are a rebuilding owner you will run into a moment like this and in that moment, you will need to decide to continue rebuilding another year or pulling the trigger and becoming an instant contender. Overall, I feel that this trade sent me from a 3rd or 4th seed in my league to clearly one of the best two teams in the league, especially if we are talking about a few years window. I may still be a year out from winning it all, but if some of my younger guys make a jump, I can easily make a run at my league’s title. The trade I’m talking about is essentially a swap of Kyle Pitts and O.J. Howard, for Travis Kelce. Any rebuilding owner would gladly take Pitts but when I looked at my team, I knew I had about a 2–3-year window to stay as deep as I am and still have a potentially dominant starting lineup, because we have to factor in salary caps. If I would have stayed put and took Pitts, I would have likely had to wait a couple years for him to truly start dominating like we expect with the tight end position being so tough for rookies to learn and at that point I may be cutting a guy or two due to contract extensions or new deals for my players. Dynasty Owner is all about capitalizing when your roster has a good combination of talent and value. Once contract extensions start kicking in for multiple players things can become suspect rather quickly. The future of my team may have been a little brighter with Pitts over Kelce but the next three to four years have now become the time to win. The owner I made the deal with seemed elated to get Pitts and start building towards the future at the tight end position and I’d have to say both owners left this deal more than satisfied.

Trade 12 – (6/08/2021)

Sent – Anthony Firkser (1 year, $3,000,000), 2023 3rd

Received – 2023 2nd

About a month back Tim, Steve and I were doing a livestream and Tim asked what I preferred to do with guys I couldn’t keep because of price, my answer was and always will be to try and trade them for anything you can get instead of dropping them for nothing. I have a very solid roster and a very good tight end room with Travis Kelce, Dallas Goedert, and Adam Trautman, which made Anthony Firkser available to move. I love the thought of Firkser being the top tight end in Nashville, but the addition of Julio Jones and the lack of cap space on my roster meant someone had to go before the season started. I knew I wasn’t going to get rid of any of my top tier players for cap space and I also didn’t want to just cut a young player with potential, so I ended up making a lower-level veteran available. I knew Firkser wouldn’t fetch much in a trade, but I also knew he was too good to just release so I started sending out offers to send Firkser away for a 2023 2nd. I chose to make the pick in 2023 rather than 2022 because most owners place a little extra value on the draft picks, they will make the soonest. I ended up getting some interest and turned a player I needed to move on from into a future 2nd round pick, though I did send him my 2023 3rd in return. The future of my team did not change much after the trade, but I do have an extra pick I can use to help get a future deal done. I am guessing the other owner is happy with the deal as well with him getting a solid backup tight end in an up-and-coming offense. At the end of the day, Firkser is a great player to roster as a competing owner, but I needed to have some type of flexibility for free agents heading into the season and tight end was a position I felt comfortable doing just that.

Conclusion

As we inch closer to the start of the 2021 NFL season, I am starting to get extremely antsy and I’m sure most of you are too. With the new season quickly approaching the time to get yourself and some friends into a Dynasty Owner start-up drafts is now. Start-up drafts have already started and will continue running up until close to kickoff for the regular season opener. If you are an owner who is having a lot of fun with Dynasty Owner, I want to challenge you to invite a few of your buddies over to check out the site and do a few mock drafts so they can truly see how much different this platform is, as well as the strategy they will need to consider going forward as well.

Over the next few weeks, I would like to try to set up a startup mock draft day each week on the same day at the same time (example Fridays from 5pm-7pm) to give those who are new to the platform a true learning experience as well as something the rest of us can use to sharpen our skills. If we get enough users for this to really get going it could become a great learning tool for everyone. I truly believe once people start to figure out what this platform is and how it works that we will see floods of new users joining in each off-season. Also, those of you that know people that will enjoy Dynasty Owner but don’t have the time to help them get going please send them to one of us here at Dynasty Owner and we will be more than happy to help. Thank you all for reading and playing Dynasty Owner! Good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Original Team (all player contracts listed are current)

Quarterback

  • Daniel Jones (2 years, $6,416,014),
  • Sam Darnold (1 year, $7,561,929)
  • Jameis Winston (1 year, $5,500,000)

Running back

  • Christian McCaffrey (5 years $16,015,875)
  • Joe Mixon (4 years, $12,000,000)
  • Kareem Hunt (2 years, $6,000,000)
  • Leonard Fournette (1 year, $3,250,000)
  • A.J. Dillon (3 years, $1,321,458)
  • Latavius Murray (2 years, $3,600,000)
  • Justin Jackson (1 year, $570,000)
  • Ryquell Armstead (2 years, $716,439)

Wide Receiver

  • Julio Jones (3 years, $22,000,000)
  • DeVante Parker (3 years, $7,625,000),
  • Michael Pittman (3 years, $2,153,212)
  • Anthony Miller (1 year, $1,338,425)
  • Sammy Watkins (1 year, $5,000,000)
  • Russell Gage (1 year, $654,049)
  • Quintez Cephus (3 years, $899,822)
  • Malcom Perry (3 years, $842,622)


Tight End

  • Dallas Goedert (1 year, $1,406,068)
  • Will Dissly (1 year, $777,569)
  • Jared Cook (1 year, $4,500,000)

Kicker

  • Greg Joseph (1 year, $78,000)
  • Brett Maher (free agent)
  • Matt Prater (2 years, $3,250,000)

Current Team

Quarterback

  • Dak Prescott (4 years, $40,000,000)
  • Justin Fields (4 years, $4,717,988)

Running back

  • J.K. Dobbins (3 years, $1,432,359)
  • Antonio Gibson (3 years, $1,233,159)
  • Tony Pollard (2 years, $796,945)
  • Javonte Williams (4 years, $2,216,438)
  • Kalen Ballage (1 year, $920,000)
  • Jaret Patterson (3 years, $808,333)
  • Phillip Lindsay (1 year, $3,250,000)

Wide receiver

  • Dionte Johnson (2 years, $1,070,241)
  • A.J. Brown (2 years, $1,413,092)
  • D.J. Moore (2 years, $2,792,829)
  • Brandin Cooks (2 years, $16,200,000)
  • Ja’Marr Chase (4 years, $7,547,410)
  • Michael Pittman (3 years, $2,153,212)
  • Anthony Miller (1 year, $1,338,425)
  • Quintez Cephus (3 years, $899,822)
  • Nico Collins (4 years, $1,217,879)
  • Tutu Atwell (4 years, $1,477,175)
  • Josh Palmer (4 years, $1,258,365)

Tight end

  • Travis Kelce (5 years, $14,312,500)
  • Dallas Goedert (1 year, $1,406,068)
  • Adam Trautman (3 years, $1,124,850)

Kicker

  • Matt Prater (2 years, $3,250,000)
  • Cody Parkey (1 year, $1,212,500)
  • Graham Gano (3 years, $4,666,667)

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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