Truth be told, I’m buying any player who is productive, and some that aren’t, if the price is the right. But isn’t that what we’re really talking about here – price?
Good dynasty teams are anchored by a few top names but win championships on depth, at least in most cases. In my primary dynasty league, from which DLF was born, I own both Patrick Mahomes and Todd Gurley but could only muster third place on the back of horrifically inconsistent wide receiver play. But if Leonard Fournette doesn’t get ejected from that game in the third quarter in week 12, I don’t lose by 2.1 points and I’m hoisting the championship trophy. Sometimes strategy, trades, adds/drops and starting the right players can only take you so far. Thanks Leonard!
But I digress.
The off-season washes everything away save the sting of a 2.1 point loss which makes the difference between the championship and being an also-ran or that waiver claim you didn’t make which turned into an every week starter (Phillip Lindsay). Each season will hold any number of these events but through it all is the thing you can control: work ethic. The best dynasty coaches are always building, always looking for an edge and they know, like we do here at DLF, that THERE IS NO OFF-SEASON! You can’t control your luck but you can most certainly influence the opportunity to get it and you can, in all but the rarest of cases, outwork your competition. It’s all up to you.
I remember reading a story two years ago about what fueled Melvin Gordon to be great. This at a time when I, myself, was trying to determine if I should select Gordon or Todd Gurley with the second pick in our rookie draft after the coach ahead of me selected Amari Cooper with the 1.01. Gordon posited that he believed he always needed to work harder than those around him, often times getting up at 2:00 AM to go to the gym. He credited this work ethic to a coach from his past who would contact him often and say:
Melvin, your competition is getting better, what are you doing?
This fueled Gordon’s single desire to be the best by spending every possible free moment getting better, and working harder, than his competition.
Make no mistake, that’s what it takes to make it to the NFL where so few become household names. But this is dynasty fantasy football. That said, is it really that different of a concept? Does that not apply to virtually any activity where there exists competition? Work harder, perform better. Rejoice in the fact that your “work harder” doesn’t need to be a 2:00 AM alarm and a trip to the gym. It can be before work each morning, a few minutes at lunch, or 10 minutes before bed and all from your favorite computer or hand-held device.
Now I’m just wasting your time, you get the concept of what I’m saying. If you desire to perform better in your dynasty leagues, you don’t necessarily need to work harder, just work more efficiently and consistently. Make your minutes count!
That is why so many trust DLF as their home for dynasty fantasy football. We give you an edge. It’s what we do. It only takes one waiver wire addition, one roster move or one insight to the upcoming NFL Draft to change the dynamic of your team for up to a decade, or longer. One or two of these each year WILL change your prospects and your results.
I’m not going to get cute here with what this article is intended to be as it’s pretty obvious. This is the first of many articles from me helping you to prepare for the next few months as we steam toward kick-off of the 2019 NFL season! As I mentioned earlier, I’m willing to acquire any player if there is value to be had. Same goes for players I currently own if another coach comes calling. No player is off-limits. For a player to make this list though, there has to be three items present:
- Timely – I want to be ahead of the curve
- Catalyst – There has to be a change agent
- Cost – I want a discount
There are variations and degrees-of-separation for all three of these items and it’s not always clear. Much like player value(s) in general in this great game we play, it’s largely a subjective opinion. Reducing the number of listed players to eight is not easy and if I write this article tomorrow, the list could materially change. But that is why DLF is here doing what we do 365 days a year. Things are always changing.
Without any further delay or more lost time, here are eight players I’m buying into the off-season:
Chris Godwin, WR TB
Age: 22 DLF Rank: WR27
The problem with Godwin is that he’s currently DLF’s WR27 already and his dynasty ADP rests at a career high. After a hot start to 2018 in which he scored four touchdowns over his first five games and scored double-digits fantasy points (FPs) in five of his first six games, he then hit the skids as Tampa Bay’s quarterback play cratered, injuries piled up and offensive consistency dried up. In his last nine games, Godwin has only eclipsed ten FPs twice and has tallied only four receptions and 52 yards over his past three games. Adam Humphries is a free agent in 2019, DeSean Jackson is a free agent in 2020 but has sold his house and wants out. Godwin is a near-certain starter in the offense across from Mike Evans, is only 22 years of age, carries great size at 6’1/210 lbs. and is finishing 2018 on a low note. It’s exactly what I look for in attempting a buy-low acquisition. He may be too highly valued by the owning coach in your league but I’d inquire nonetheless. Just be sure to note his poor finish to reduce his value.
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