Welcome to DLF’s Dynasty Aftermath. This staple article is our longest running signature piece as we have a little fun after a tough week at the Dynasty League Football office. You’ll find this article will review the week’s happenings in a variety of ways and help set you up for the coming weeks as we spin around the league in the way we know best. Expect it each and every week.
I’ve written this column for over a decade and I always forget how much I truly enjoy it. I love combing through the stats of the week, putting together ridiculous lineups, finding waiver wire gems, picking MVPs/LVPs and discussing things to worry about.
That’s not all.
I also really love sharing little bits of my life with the community of DLF and picking a theme for this column each week. This year, I’m going off the rails a bit. I’m not just exclusively choosing movies or TV shows and sticking with them. I’m simply picking something relevant, wacky or whatever may come into my mind each given week. My hope is each week will at least be interesting in some way and hopefully make you laugh a few times along the way.
Today, we’re going with a more serious tone. As the NFL trade deadline has passed, we turn our attention to the trading deadline in our own dynasty leagues. After helping run this site for more than a decade, I can tell you there are clearly three mistakes owners make at this time of year:
1.) Making moves to “win now” and forgetting about the ramifications for the future
The problem here is owners need to remember they’re dealing in dynasty leagues. You’re not trying win one championship, you’re trying to set yourself up to win many.
2.) Dealing away players for “high” or “low” rookie draft picks.
It’s still too early to start earmarking picks as “high” or “low” picks in next year’s rookie draft. There’s a lot that can happen in the next couple of months and dealing away players who will help some bottom feeding teams in exchange for their “high” picks can be counterproductive and backfire quickly.
3.) Keeping a static value for rookie draft picks.
It’s easy to look at some of our recent draft classes and determine the 1.01 or 1.02 hold extreme value. Be careful. At least at this point, this upcoming draft doesn’t look anything like some of the gold mines we’ve seen recently.
Amazingly, we see those mistakes happen each and every year. While it may seem like common sense, it’s not exactly common practice. As you evaluate the moves you should make (and every team should certainly do that), be wary. I worry a lot about our followers falling into any or all of those three traps and one major mistake can take years to recover from.
With that being said, trade well and trade wisely! On to the action from the week…
Week Eight Fantasy MVP
The Miami Dolphins are a bit of a mess right now but that shouldn’t take away from the performance we saw from Deshaun Watson this week. Owners have been patiently waiting for Watson to resemble his 2017 form and he finally responded with a day featuring just 239 passing yards, but five touchdown passes. Watson is starting to look more and more comfortable as he returns form injury. He could have a huge second half, especially now that Demaryius Thomas has been added to the mix.
Week Eight Fantasy LVP
The tight end position has been pretty frustrating over the past few years, especially when you consider how pass happy the league has become. Still, the giant goose egg put up by David Njoku was a pretty big surprise this week. There’s no need to panic here as the new Browns staff should see him as a primary source of offensive production moving forward. Still, it’s the Browns.
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