The fantasy season has come to an end. It is difficult to fully acknowledge this and many fantasy players will hang on tightly to the 2017 fantasy season in the form of DFS or playoff leagues, but for our purposes here at Dynasty League Football, the off-season is upon us.
The good news is there is no off-season for dynasty leaguers. The next few months will be filled with the NFL Combine, free agency, the NFL Draft and more. All of these events will greatly affect player value and dynasty strategy.
In this Off-Season Primer series, I’ll make sure you and your dynasty teams are ready for all that might happen by giving you an advance look at players who could be on the move in the upcoming months.
Anytime I have a question regarding a player’s contract or team salary cap situation, I visit Spotrac, which includes all of the information you could ever need regarding the financial side of the NFL, along with financial information for all other major sports as well. Here at DLF, we think so much of this site that we’ve included some of their graphics on each of our player pages. Here’s the chart for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as an example.
March will bring both free agency, along with teams naming their franchise and transition tag players, but even before these events, teams will begin preparing for the 2018 season by making some difficult decisions. Among these decisions will be cutting players, primarily due to their impending contract responsibilities. Spotrac.com recently released an article listing players who could be victims of these “cap cuts.” I strongly suggest you read NFL Players on the 2018 Roster Bubble by Michael Ginnitti, but for now, I’ll share some of the highlights, along with the potential dynasty fantasy football impact.
Andy Dalton, QB CIN
Potential Team Savings: $13.9 million
The Bengals are in a bad place with an impending coaching change and an all-around depressing season. Parting ways with a solid starting quarterback would be a rare occurrence in the NFL, but Dalton is just that… solid. Dalton has yet to win a playoff game and the team could opt to make sweeping changes under a new head coach. Also, the team must consider their long-term plans for in-demand backup AJ McCarron, who is one year away from free agency. Still, this move would be a shocker.
Blake Bortles, QB JAC
Potential Team Savings: $19.053 million