5 Things Not to Do in Dynasty Leagues
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I have been guilty of almost everything on this list, but throughout my years playing dynasty, here are a couple things I have learned.
- Don’t Overvalue Prospects.
In dynasty leagues, youth can be king. However, too much youth and your team could be in for a disaster of a season. Upside is a great commodity, and shouldn’t be ignored. If you have a good mix of upside and veterans, that’s what makes a winning team, not a team full of guys fresh up from the Minor Leagues. For example, let’s say last year you had an outfield of Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips, and Victor Robles. Great upside, right? Not all prospects make it though, as is the case so far for these players and you could be short one or two outfielders right out of the gate. Mixing in veterans will ensure you have backups just in case your prospects don’t turn out as planned.
- Don’t Undervalue Veterans.
This is the other side of the coin from the first point. Look, I get it; drafting Adrian Beltre or Justin Upton is boring when you can chase upside. Upside does not win championships though, stats do. Known quantities are not a bad thing to draft, even in dynasties. If everyone is zigging towards youth in a first-year draft, don’t feel bad if you zag and take older veterans. Remember, flags fly forever and veterans can be the key to you getting that coveted trophy.
- Rebuilding is a Stage, not a Lifestyle.
There is always the one guy in the league who will continually trade away known quantities for prospects over and over and never get out of the tank. These guys relish the thought of finishing last to get the first pick next season, but never do anything to compete once they do. Even when you are rebuilding, stay active on the wire, otherwise, you will miss a Miguel Andujar or a Harrison Bader. Just because you are rebuilding does not mean you shouldn’t stay active. Especially in 12 teams or lower, anyone can compete with the right amount of activity.
- Pitching Prospects are Volatile
I almost always prefer to draft hitting prospects over pitching prospects because they take time to develop if they develop at all. Blake Snell took some time before he developed into the ace he was with the Rays this year. Top prospect Tyler Glasnow has yet to figure it out. Not to mention, Tommy John surgeries are awaiting many of these pitchers. All this to say hitting prospects are a safer bet and easier to trade. There are exceptions to every rule, but 95% of the time, you’ll be glad you took the hitter.
- No matter what Stage you are in, Stay Active!
This should be a no-brainer, but for some people, tanking means leaving your team as is. Leaving potential superstars you can pluck up off the wire to someone else. If you decided to tank and didn’t pick up Miguel Andujar, Harrison Bader, Mallex Smith, and a whole lot more, you are not doing your job as a fantasy manager. Active leagues make it more challenging and fun for everyone involved and you can help with that process, even in last place. So get out there, play your heart out, and don’t forget to have fun!
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