Dynasty Football requires patience. It requires research. It requires knowledge and then more patience. There’s no better feeling than killing it in the startup, secure in the knowledge that you’ve set yourself up for years to come. Well, perhaps there is a better feeling. The feeling of pulling off a dynasty football rebuild and taking that team to the promise land after a lot of time, work and patience.
The 2015 season was the first time I tried a dynasty football rebuild. I took that time from worst to third in one year and have been a contender ever since, including back to back ‘ships, this year and last. At the end of this season, I got the urge to take on a new rebuild. I wanted a challenge. Could I take a really bad dynasty football team over and make magic happen? The dynasty Gods saw fit to throw a large job in my lap to see if I have what it takes.
The league is SuperFlex and TE premium, with no kickers or defense. This is personally my favorite league setup, so off to a good start. The team had all of their picks for the upcoming rookie draft, which was another plus. (The picks are 1.2, 2.2, 3.2 and 4.2) The roster….the roster is definitely going to require some work. Here it is:
QB: Derek Carr, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff
RB: Le’veon Bell, Kalen Ballage, Gio Bernard, Tarik Cohen, Kenyon Drake, Dion Lewis, Boston Scott, Isaiah Crowell
WR: Tyreek Hill, Michael Thomas, Sammy Watkins, Jakeem Grant, Rashard Higgins, Cordarelle Patterson, Breshad Patterson, Michael Crabtree
TE: Tyler Higbee, Jack Doyle, Zach Ertz, Lee Smith, Jason Witten
Ok, how the hell does anyone have Michael Crabtree or Isaiah Crowell still rostered? How neglectful was this previous owner? Oh well, this is my reality and it’s time to get to work.
Team Appraisal Time
The key to being good at dynasty football period is the ability to give your team(s) an honest appraisal. So many owners overvalue their team or players, and false confidence is the quickest way to kill a team. Doing a quick scan of this team, there’s a lot of holes everywhere but who should I be looking to flip so I can deconstruct and then rebuild? The answer is everyone, after a quick inventory. Below are my notes:
Hold Carson Wentz and Michael Thomas as long as possible. Both of their values are at an all-time low and it’s definitely not selling time. Both will bounce back, most likely, and the time to sell both isn’t now.
Tyreek Hill and 1.2 are the pieces I should net the largest return for. Flip them both and get as many pieces as possible. As tempting as it is to keep both, these assets are my best in terms of pulling off this rebuild and I need to nail it with both.
There’s a lot of players on this team that won’t net big returns but can be packaged with a draft pick to move up a round. Those type of moves aren’t sexy in the slightest but are absolutely vital to pulling off a rebuild. Le’veon Bell, I’m looking at you.
Let the Rebuild Begin
The first moves I made were to cut Michael Crabtree, Jason Witten and Isaiah Crowell. There’s nothing else to do with these three and I need the roster space. This happened to be the last week of waivers and I didn’t want to fill all 3 spots but I did scoop up Marcus Mariotta, who could either serve as the handcuff for Carr or a starter in his own right at some point. A good stash for sure.
First Trade: Tyreek Hill for Mike Evans, David Montgomery and 2.6. Feel pretty good about this haul for Hill. Evans and Montgomery both could very well be guys I flip again for a good return at some point this off-season and 2.6 is nothing to sneeze at. Hill was my biggest piece to move and by moving him first, I showed the league that I was coming out swinging AND not someone who was going to take less than market value for my assets.
Second Trade: Zach Ertz for Dalton Schultz and 4.9. Not a huge haul for Ertz but I like Schultz moving forward in a TE premium league and I snagged another pick for the upcoming rookie draft. A small move but again, in a rebuild, small moves like this lead to bigger ones down the road.
Third Trade: 3.2 for Van Jefferson. Jefferson might be part of a crowded Rams WR crew but he’s someone I’ve wanted to pick up shares of. He showed signs of being a playmaker in his rookie year and, value wise, there’s nobody that will be available at 3.2 that I like more. He’s a guy I want on my team.
So far I’ve cut some dead weight (Crabtree, Witten and Crowell), unloaded Tyreek Hill, Zach Ertz and 3.2 and in exchange have acquired Mike Evans, David Montgomery, Dalton Schulz, Marcus Mariotta, 2.6 and 4.9. Not a bad start, especially considering it’s the slowest time of the off-season for most leagues, right after a season concludes.
In part 2 of this series, I’ll pick up where I’m leaving off here. I’m still learning a lot about my league mates and so far, I’ve had a lot of unanswered trade requests, which is always frustrating but not enough to deter me either. I’m pulling off this dynasty football rebuild one way or another. Until next time…