How a Deep Roster Changes Strategy

Strategy considerations when your roster size is bigger

Playing with deeper rosters is a great way to maximize your advantage in your fantasy football league. Below are some tips to build a strong and deep roster.

Profiles, Profiles, Profiles

When you have deeper rosters with deeper benches, investing in successful profiles is a huge advantage. In dynasty leagues, for example, tight ends drafted in the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft are strong bets to become fantasy relevant in their career. Selecting them late in a startup or rookie draft and stashing them on a deep bench is a great historical bet.

In redraft leagues, the profiles you are targeting should be potential contributors in small sample sizes. You do not need the last man on a 30-man roster to start six weeks in your lineup for it to be a successful pick. Instead, you are looking for one or two weeks where you know the player will be a strong starter.

The best bets for these types of weeks are running backs who are an injury away from a starting job. Running backs with a top-24 ADP entering the season have a better than 50% chance to miss at least one week with an injury. Rostering running backs who are an injury away from a starting opportunity are great historical bets for spot starts. Wayne Gallman was a great example in 2020. He was an afterthought in normal-sized roster leagues leading up to the 2019 season but was a priority waiver wire add once Saquon Barkley was injured. When you have deep rosters, stash as many potential priority waiver wire options as you can, because they offer good upside in season.

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