The concepts learned in previous sections of the guide can be applied to a method termed redraft approach strategy. What happens at the end of the year in your redraft leagues? All those players you drafted and picked up the year before head back to the pool to be drafted and picked up off waivers again next year. In this strategy, you will have that same mentality with all but a core group of your IDPs. It’s unconventional, but thinking this way about your IDPs will free you to stockpile at other positions where there is more scarcity.
Disclaimer: Going forward, this article assumes that you play in a league in which you have IDP and offensive settings that are pretty standard. Obviously, your scoring system and position requirements could be such that you have to modify this strategy or even deem it unusable. Review the content from previous sections to decide if it is right for you!
Based on scoring, scarcity, and consistency, there are a few generalizations that you can make about each position that will help you to craft your strategy.
As has been previously established, in dynasty it’s infinitely easier to find a defensive producer on waivers than an offensive producer. That’s why you want your roster full of guys who are or have the potential to be top offensive players at their position. With regard to the potential guys, you can let some of them simmer on your roster and see if they develop. You’ll also discover that even if you don’t intend to ever let some of these guys near your starting lineup, you can often find someone else who believes in their potential and use them to package up for a pick or player you covet.
Typically speaking, LBs are going to be your most valuable defensive asset, as a good one will be a consistent week-to-week defensive high scorer on your team. You want to keep the elite and maybe even tier two guys from year to year, but cut the rest so that you can stockpile offensive options.
Unless you have a top option that has proven sustainable (like Watt), cut this position at the end of the year. This is a position that you definitely get away with getting off the waiver wire or even streaming week-to-week (a subject that will be addressed during the next part of the guide)!
Both week-to-week and year-to-year, DB production is usually incredibly unstable and unpredictable. This fact makes DB a position that is extremely expendable. Unless you have an elite and year-to-year consistent option already on the roster (and you don’t really want to drafting one, a subject that will be covered in a later installment), cut the non-elite options at the end of each season and use the waiver wire to replace/stream them the following year.
Take a look at an example that will bring these points home. In a 30-roster-spot tackle-heavy league, the waiver close deadline is quickly approaching. Later this year, the league will hold a 10-round draft with a mixed rookie and free agent pool. After the draft, the waivers will open again. The team in question has the following IDPs on the roster at the end of the 2015 season:
Alonso has struggled with health, but may be able to re-ignite his career in Miami at ILB. Shazier finally began to produce as expected last year and remains a solid option heading into 2016. Collins was injured for much of 2015, but with Chandler Jones moving on to Arizona and Collins healthy, expect Collins to pick up where he left off. Avery Williamson looks to have secured an ILB spot in the Titans defense for now. Sio Moore may have the inside track to a starting position in the middle with the Colts. Best practice seems to be keeping Alonso, Shazier, Collins, and perhaps Williamson. If offensive stash players are out there on the wire, attempting to trade Moore teams that need help at LB to free up space is the savvy move. If a trade partner can't be found before the waiver close deadline, cut Moore and hope to get him back in the draft in later rounds.
Deone Bucannon was an elite option, but appears to be reclassified as a linebacker for 2016. None of the other players were elite options this past year, and even if they were, the likelihood that they will stay top options is slim. It is doubtful you will find a trade partner, but if you do, you'll take almost any upgrade for them. Otherwise, cut them and don't even worry about getting them back in the draft, as there will be plenty of waiver options out there from which to choose.
SECTION III TAKEAWAY
You will gain a major advantage over your league mates by stashing offensive talent and only keeping the essentials on the defensive side of the ball.
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