4. Larger Rosters
While redraft leagues are struggling to find enough roster space for their annual “sleeper,” dynasty owners are usually dumpster diving on the waiver wire to fill their 22, 24 or even 30 man fantasy roster. You read that right, dynasty rosters are HUGE! They should be. After all, not only are dynasty players trotting out a weekly starting lineup with the same goal as any fantasy player … winning that week, but they also have to consider a player’s potential for years down the road.
A normal dynasty roster will consist of somewhere between 12 and 16 players that an owner might consider inserting into their weekly starting lineup, and after that, you can find a player or two who hasn’t even played a down all year. It’s not out of the question that some dynasty owners will hold that under-the-radar player all season long, even though he’s yet to score a single fantasy point.
Finally, one other difference in roster composition deals with the dreaded season ending injury. In a redraft league, the decision is simple, although painful. Once a player has been ruled out for the year, he’s gone from your roster, and the best you can hope for is to grab his replacement off the waiver wire. In dynasty leagues though, that player usually still demands a spot on your team. After all, would you dump Matt Forte forever just because he’s missing the remainder of the season? Of course not, you still need him in 2015. So, he remains on your roster, clogging up a spot. Oh, want more bad news? Someone else in your league already has Ka’Deem Carey.
Is dynasty right for you?
If you have the deepest draft cheat sheet, dynasty is right for you. If you make draft picks that cause other owners in your league to condescendingly snarl “Who?”, then dynasty is right for you.
5. Additional Strategies
This is perhaps the best part of a dynasty league. In a redraft league, the ultimate goal is the same for all teams … to win the league championship that year. The path teams may travel to attempt that goal are a bit different, but the overall strategies are the same.
In dynasty leagues, specifically in a dynasty startup draft, the endgame can be quite different based on the owner’s strategy. Some will draft their team with a plan to “win now,” meaning they want to win the title in the first year and place little value on what happens in the upcoming seasons. These teams would look very similar to the redraft teams being drafted in later August.
Other teams are on the other end of the spectrum. With an eye three or even five years into the future, these owners are attempting to build a team that can withstand the test of time, often at the expense of the league’s first season. These owners are opting for the young, high-upside players and bypassing anyone on the wrong side of 30.
These are two basic startup draft strategies, and I’ll touch on what type of results these strategies could bring in an upcoming article, but an active dynasty league breeds even more competition and therefore, requires enhanced strategy in order to stay one step ahead of your league mates. This could deal with waiver moves, trades or even your weekly lineup submission. All of these require a unique strategy, which can differ from a yearly league.
Is dynasty right for you?
Very simply, if you love fantasy football, but feel bored with your redraft league, dynasty is right for you.
Although dynasty leagues usually do require a year-round commitment, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get started. With just about a month left until meaningful games are played, now’s your chance to form a dynasty league and find out for yourself just what is the dynasty difference.