The New Reality No.148: Early-Season Roster Churn

Navigating the ever-changing landscape of dynasty fantasy football

The management of the final 5-10 roster spots of a dynasty league, depending on the depth of league and format, is the critical element for a dynasty GM during the regular season. This season is no exception with a tremendous amount of turnover potential within what I have titled 'Tier 3' players, those not likely or expected to be on your roster 12 months from now. This is the churn aspect of your roster where short-term flip opportunities present itself, spot starters, injury-away plays, and the bucket of droppable options to address new additions from the waiver wire.

The Mindset

First, the proper mindset for these roster spots is key. Know around half of your roster today will not be there a year from now. This could be dropping them to the waiver wire or trading them away. But most of the churn will be the back-half of players. Embrace the variance of their roster lifeline for you. What is their outlook over the next few weeks - not in 2021 and beyond? Your ability to find lightning in a bottle with a spot starter for part of the season or a flip player for future picks or a better long-term player is enhanced through these Tier 3 players filtering through your roster ecosystem.

The Exceptions

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