I began this new series with a look at my strategy and philosophy regarding running backs in a startup draft. Today, I want to share some of the results of the two startup drafts I referenced in that article. Many of these individual strategies I am referencing go hand in hand, so it is a challenge to isolate them and discuss them on their own merit. If you read the first article in the series, Punting Running Backs, then you have already seen the examples of a startup draft where I nearly completely ignored the running back position in the early rounds of the drafts. Whether you think this strategy is insane or if it mirrors your startup plans, you have to be wondering how I could compete early on while bypassing running back after running back. This is where today’s strategy comes into play.
Entering a new dynasty startup draft, not only do I understand that some of my strategies will likely eliminate my chances of competing for a title in year one, I embrace it. I know many of you could not start a league with the intention of losing in year one, and I don’t blame you. I’ve seen the arguments that a championship in year one is just as valuable as a championship in years two, three, four and so on. I get that, but I’m not looking for one championship, I am attempting to build a dynasty that can compete for a title every year. Just like in the NFL and other major sports, dynasty leagues are filled with teams who are selling out to make a push for a title. Whether a championship is ultimately attained or not, the team is often left with little hope of future success. With my teams, I am attempting to be the New England Patriots or San Antonio Spurs of my dynasty leagues, not the Arizona Cardinals or Orlando Magic, who make a random title game and then fall off the map.