There are a lot of differences between a standard dynasty league and a salary cap league but the most glaring difference lies in player values.
In a traditional dynasty league, a player’s worth is decided using three factors: his production, age and the situation he’s in. With the exception of slight-to-moderate changes created by differences in the scoring system and starting lineup requirements, that player’s value is going to be the same across all dynasty leagues. Salary cap values are completely different.
In a cap league, two new factors – on top of those three from dynasty leagues – are introduced to change player values: his contract and salary. Thus, the same player’s worth can be drastically different between two salary cap leagues. In essence, that makes the dynasty rankings you find online – which are incredibly valuable to a dynasty owner – almost useless in salary cap. Because of this, every cap league is unique and far more challenging than any dynasty league.
It’s those two added factors which help create player values that make managing the salary cap and contract lengths perhaps the most important job a salary cap owner has. Understanding your league’s rules is the first step towards making sound decisions in this area so having a firm grasp on what percentage of a player’s salary is guaranteed is imperative to running a smooth salary cap franchise.
Revisiting the subject from earlier in the series, there are four types of salary cap leagues. The first three types are relatively self-explanatory, guaranteed salary leagues, partially guaranteed salary leagues, and unguaranteed salary leagues. The fourth type of salary cap league is one that incorporates some or all of the first three structures.
Let’s take a look at some of the most helpful techniques for managing the salary cap and contract allocation depending on how much of salaries are guaranteed.