Time to Look Ahead
Time to look ahead
The trade deadline looms, you’re stuck in with a .500 record, an injury to your RB1, and now you’re about to play the top team in the league…
Things are looking…grim.
We’ve been there, it’s a tough spot between a rock and a hard place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come out of this season a winner. You might not want to own it yet, and you could very well deny it up until week 15, but it won’t change the fact that you’re probably best off doing what you can to look to the next season.
That’s right, we’re talking about planning ahead to next year.
Now, you don’t have to necessarily be outright losing the season, nor do you have to completely blow up your team. What’s important is to be able to honestly reflect on you team and being to hedge some bets so that you can secure some assets to improve your team in the off-season. Here are the steps you should consider:
Step 1 – Team Composition
If you look up and down your roster, how does it compare to others in your league or division? If you’re relying on Derrick Henry and Chris Ivory as your rushing attack, then you’re probably not going to have sustainability or upside backing you. Likewise, if you’ve suffered tough losses to injury or own Le’Veon Bell, you might also consider your likeliness of winning upcoming matches.
Step 2 – Strength of Schedule
Depending on how far along the season you are, you might also want to start looking at your schedule for the remaining weeks and decide if you’re likely to win or lose those matchups. Of course, anyone can win any given Sunday, but fantasy is about reducing uncertainty. Just look at your average points scored per game, are you beating ⅔ teams each week? If not, then it’s probably fair to say that you’ll continue on a losing trajectory if the majority of your remaining games are against stronger teams.
Step 3 – Next Year’s Roster
If you can look at your roster for next season and you’re not exactly thrilled about what’s there, then it might be enough incentive to make some moves and acquiring youth and picks in exchange for dying contracts. Get ahead of the curve and start shipping out players at max value, you can still try to make a push on the waiver wire or FAAB throught the remainder of the season, but investing into future seasons might be more rewarding at this junction.
Although we all want to win every year, if you’re playing in any reasonably competitive league, that’s simply not going to happen. With that in mind, they key to building a great Dynasty isn’t trying to win every year, it’s putting yourself in a position to compete every year.