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  1. Some of this depends on your league structure. The dynasty league I'm in has max four-year contracts, so there's not a huge difference between most established players and most younger players regarding their future viability. On the flip side, we also have to start a rookie, so picks are more valuable and there tends to be a fair amount of turnover year-to-year (and worst-to-first types of rebounds aren't uncommon). I've had a very competitive franchise, only missing the playoffs once in 10 seasons. On the other hand, I haven't had many dominant teams, only winning one title and having one season with 10+ wins in the regular season (I finished 3rd that year but got pretty unlucky). I value competing year-to-year and am always looking forward to see how I can make minor improvements or leverage my depth to add another asset like a future draft pick. Other teams make a lot more short-term moves, sometimes working out and sometimes not, and those teams generally aren't very good in a year or two. To answer the question, if a team has made some short-term moves and finds itself in the offseason without many viable assets, my advice would be to trade away everything of value and amass as many assets as possible. But have a plan, so that you have an endpoint in mind where you're looking to compete, since always looking to the future at the expense of the present doesn't seem like much fun in fantasy football.
  2. As a Dolphins fan and Preston owner in dynasty, this news is really a bummer. Basically the only thing I was interested in each game was how Preston played, so now the rest of the season is just going to be about hoping my team doesn't win enough games to jeopardize a top pick (I'm fine if we're not #1, but I don't want to drop too far down).
  3. He's pretty far down on my depth chart in dynasty (behind Julio, Cooks, Watkins, and Boyd and on an even level with DK) but his potential is incredible. In addition to really liking him I'm also a Dolphins fan (I know, it's rough), so I'm hoping in another year or two he's pushing to get into my lineup every week.
  4. As an Ekeler owner in three leagues I'm a bit bummed that Gordon is coming back, but two of those leagues are PPR and Ekeler should still get 8-12 touches per game even when Gordon is back. Obviously much less than he was getting, but that should still be enough to be a solid flex option. Going forward, Ekeler is listed at 5'10" and 200 lbs. He's also very strong for his size. I don't think his style fits running him 20-25 times per game, but I think he's shown enough that the Chargers don't necessarily need to go out and get another RB this offseason.
  5. In most of my leagues this wouldn't come up, but in my dynasty league there tends to be a lot of discussion about trades, certainly after the fact and sometimes before. I have a few owners who I'll bounce thoughts off of sometimes since I respect their opinions. There's also a newish (2nd season) owner in the league who inherited an awful team who I've been friends with for 20 years. I stayed clear last year but he really struggled out of the gate, so we had some good conversations about strategy this offseason and he has bounced a few offers that he's received off me to get my thoughts. I give him my honest opinion but make sure he understands that our personal opinions of specific players could be very different.
  6. Most of my leagues are already decided, but in one league I just need Bell to outscore Njoku. And in dynasty I'd like Chubb to have a good week. If he gets 17 points or so (non-PPR) then I'll have my best week ever in that league.
  7. My dynasty league has max four-year contracts, so there's a certain amount of natural turnover. We have rosters of 32 players and of the players I had on my team at the start of the year, 16 are still on my team. As for starters, here are my week 1 starters last year: QB: Luck (traded last season for Greg Olsen and Dion Lewis in a deal that didn't age well until a couple of weeks ago) RBs: Chubb and Fournette (both still on my roster, as is LeVeon Bell, who wasn't a week 1 starter for me last year for obvious reasons) WRs: Antonio Brown (traded last year for a draft pick since he was in the last year of his deal) is gone, but Cooks and Watkins are both still around (although Watkins is my WR4 and not starting this week) TE: Rudolph (traded away in the AB deal) K: Lutz (left via free agency) For further color, here are my week 1 starters this year and whether they're new or not: QB: Jackson (drafted a year ago but he was on my bench for most of last year) RBs: Chubb and Bell (see above) WRs: Julio (free agent pick up), Cooks, and Boyd (traded a draft pick for him) TE: Andrews (picked up as a rookie during pre-season free agency) or Olsen K: Myes (free agent pick up)
  8. I'm in two keeper leagues with both types of rules you propose, and I can say that keeping players based on their original draft pick is definitely the best way to go. The simplest reason is that it makes the playing field fair for all owners. It doesn't make sense to me that I can keep a player for a 1st rounder and another owner could keep that same player (after picking them up in free agency) for a 10th rounder. In addition, you might want to consider making it more costly to keep free agents. My league (I'm the commish) originally used 10th round picks for free agents, but it resulting in way too many incredible keepers. As a result, we ended up moving it to the 6th round, which still provides an incentive to working free agency without making it so game-breaking. Just something to think about.
  9. Just completed a trade in a contract dynasty league (contracts are for one to four years). Pretty standard roster construction and scoring, although we have to start a rookie (making rookies and future picks more valuable than normal). I give: Marlon Mack (four year deal), Devontae Booker (three years), and my 2nd round pick next year I get: Tom Brady (one year), Chris Ivory (two years, and 3rd round pick of another team (probably somewhere in the middle of that round I have a really good team, but with Luck injured and Stafford inconsistent, I've been giving up points at QB most weeks. I hate to give up Mack and still like Booker a bit, I have LeVeon Bell (four year deal), Fournette (four years), and Ajayi (two years) to hopefully hold down the RB spot for the foreseeable future. Ideally, Mack and Booker would never see the field for me, and I'm worried enough about Luck that I wanted to strike now while the price was right. This is a good year to make a push, since most of the teams in my league have had issues and I'm solid (I start Brown, Evans, and Jordy at WR and can start either Fournette or Trubisky at the rookie slot). Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  10. I own Robinson and Johnson in a keep 3 league based on their initial cost in an auction draft (or a set price if picked up in free agency). I have Johnson for such a cheap price (about 1/3rd to 1/2nd of what top RBs cost) that I'll be holding him all year even if he doesn't play again. But assuming I can stay in the running for the playoffs (I should, based on strength elsewhere, but it's looking a lot worse than a couple of days ago), then I'd seriously think about a trade later in the year if it's looking like Johnson will be shut down and I can get a RB from a team not in the playoff chase. As for Robinson, I'm going to cut him, since he has no keeper value at the price I drafted him at and I need the roster spot (I already have Luck taking up the only DL spot, and two empty roster spots is as much as I can handle).
  11. I'm in a dynasty league where we have normal starting requirements (1/2/3/1/1) but also have to start a rookie every week. With Ajayi and Evans out, I either need to replace Fournette at the rookie spot (Marlon Mack is my only option there) or Ajayi at the RB2 spot. So I guess I'm starting Latavius Murray or DeAndre Washington this week. Not ideal.
  12. The only con I can think of is that players with multiple bids generally take way longer than it takes in a serpentine draft. My typical serpentine draft takes about two hours, maybe three if it has a ton of rounds. Meanwhile, the drafts for the auction leagues I'm in can take significantly longer, with three hours as a minimum and up to four hours. Having said that, if the commissioner is on top of things and manages the selection and bid clocks well, you can keep things from running too long.
  13. For weekly start/sit discussions, each week could be its own thread. That will help to clear out that one, which I imagine will get the most use in-season.
  14. I like the above idea. Having a few threads that people could easily search and then post in the correct thread would allow people to focus their questions. Still not sure how you get people to actually respond, but at least you'll know what you're getting when you click on the thread.
  15. The thing I always noticed about Gore, back to his University of Miami days, is that he has a knack for falling forward to finish off a lot of runs. Where most guys gain two or three yards and then get stuffed, Gore would gain those same two or three yards and then find a small crease to lean forward for another yard or two. Hard to notice unless you watch a player a lot, but look out for it with Gore and you'll notice stuff like that repeatedly.