Balancing that seesaw the wrong way has resulted in giving up on Hunter Renfroe too early (traded him last offseason as a throw-in piece), which has now got me scared to let go of guys like Reagor and Marshall too early. Balancing that seesaw is the hardest part of dynasty...it's agonizing when you're wrong, but it's so sweet when you hold on and they pay off (Davante Adams).This is a balancing act all long-term dynasty GMs eventually have to deal with. In 2020 I stayed near the middle of the seesaw (balancing win now vets vs youthful upside) with roster management, but after seeing the effects of Covid and seeing the higher than typical opportunity cost associated with keeping those prospects...I jumped both feet toward the vets in 2021 and "farmer, farmer, let me down" dropped those marginal prospects hard (or traded them away dirt cheap) this past season.
Players like Hunter Long, Amari Rodgers, and Larry Roundtree were sent packing largely to free up roster spots to pick-up one or two week spot starters or wildly speculative running backs that were, best case, #3 on the depth chart at the time. Players like Todd Gurley, Kerryon Johnson, Adrian Peterson, D'onta Foreman, Trent Cannon, Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, Eno Benjamin, Duke Johnson, Matt Breida, Royce Freeman, Travis Homer, Patrick Taylor, Ameer Abdullah, etc. Prior to week 17 I even picked up WAS RB Jonathan Williams on the off chance he'd start for me in the Championship game (ended up starting Jaret Patterson in one of the flex spots, but if he got Covid late in the week Williams may have got the nod when it mattered most). With injuries and Covid, those gambles become a feature, not a bug, in winning in 2021.
All that said, I suspect sports leagues are close to the point where they are going to find ways to get players on the field come hell or high water soon, so I plan on reversing that strategy right back to "middle of the seesaw" in 2022. Less speculative, potential vets and more draft and develop prospects.