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Fantasy Football Roster Renovation (Week 7)

Oct 15, 2019

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Every week, fantasy football owners run into roster issues and conundrums that can leave them flat-out stumped. Unsure how to handle an injured starter? How long should you hold out hope for a disappointing high-round draft pick? We’ll help fantasy football owners navigate all of these questions and more in our series ‘Fantasy Football Roster Renovation.’ Our writers tackle your roster issues below.

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I’m 3-3 in my dynasty league, and I can’t decide whether to buy or sell. What should I do?

If you are 3-3 and are asking the question should you buy or sell, chances are the answer is probably both. Clearly, you have run into some bad luck, but don’t worry, you are still in the mix! First, check your league standings, playoff rules, trade deadlines, waiver wire stash articles, and anything else that might help you turn the season around. Second, please remember that the purpose of playing fantasy football is to win now. If you just started a new dynasty league and you drafted to win now, then win now! A great example of this is buying an older player like Julian Edelman or Mark Ingram. Clearly, these two players are doing well through Week 6, but if their fantasy owners have a worse record than your squad, it might be time to make a call and get a deal done. On the flip side, if you drafted to win in three years, then it might be time to sell off some assets. I am fortunate to own both Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry in two dynasty leagues. In this scenario, I would look to trade Kelce to the Will Dissly owner for a Chris Godwin or a Kerryon Johnson type of player. In conclusion, every situation is different, but until you are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, you need to keep making moves with the intent to win as soon as possible.
– Andrew Liang (@whenpigskinfly)

First, evaluate your roster and the standings to see how your team stacks up against others in the league. Base the decision on whether you buy or sell on your chances of making the playoffs. When the playoffs start, it’s a new season and all bets are off. If I am buying, I would evaluate my roster and trade depth/picks to improve my starters. In a selling situation, I am acquiring young talent and taking shots on players who could break out in a year or two. I would reference the dynasty rankings on FantasyPros before completing any type of deal. The last place you want to be is in the middle contemplating a buy/sell decision. Evaluate your team and go from there.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

Not all 3-3 teams are created equal, and you will need to have an honest look at your roster to tell if you are a team that should be buying or selling. I have said this many times, ‘points for’ is how good you are, and ‘points against’ is how lucky you are. If you have a team that is .500 but you are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league and just happened to be lucky with a couple of your wins, you may want to sell, knowing that you are probably not a title contender this year. Conversely, if you are one of the higher-scoring teams in the league and you just had a couple of weeks where you lost some tough games, you may want to buy knowing that your luck should turn around and an additional good player or two may push you over the top. You may also want to look at the teams ahead of you and compare your roster to theirs because those are the teams you will be chasing and that will tell you if it is realistic that you will be able to buy enough to keep up with them this year. ‘Points for’ is the best way to determine the quality of your team this early in the season, and it will help you make the difficult call if you are a buyer or a seller.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

I want to make a trade splash, but my league mates aren’t into wheeling and dealing. Help!

There can be two reasons that your league mates are unwilling to make a deal. At this point in the season, more people are going to consider themselves buyers than sellers, because many poker players think that pocket aces are around the corner and the next hand will put them back in contention. You can look at their roster and see they should be selling, but that does not mean they are in the same spot. They may still be in denial about their team’s chances and therefore, they are not willing to make that deal yet. The other problem could be you. The two things that frustrate me when people offer me trades is they usually do not look at my roster to see what I need and they have unrealistic expectations about what the value of my player is in a trade. If I am loaded at running back, and I only have one good receiver, I am not very likely to take a trade where I give up that receiver for another running back. It may be a fair trade in a vacuum, but it is not good for my roster. I also am not going to trade you Aaron Jones for three average players because he had one bad Monday Night Game nor am I going to give you Lamar Jackson for your kicker because I have Patrick Mahomes as my starter. You must offer something of value to gain something of value, and sometimes the reason your league mates are not wheeling and dealing is your trades are so unbalanced that it makes it difficult to even offer a counter trade to strike a deal. If your feeling is that your league mates are all unreasonable when it comes to trades, take a look in the mirror and make sure that you are offering trades that are reasonable and benefit both owners. It could be a few of your league mates are the ones that have unrealistic expectations. If that is the case, you need to just move on from those people and see if someone else is more willing to trade. If the entire league will not trading with you, though, that is probably a sign that you are not looking at the other person’s roster and you have unrealistic expectations about what you need to give up to receive something in return.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

Why do most fantasy owners hate fun? Making trades is a blast and will determine the winner of some fantasy leagues. In a 14-team league, I was dead in the water at 0-2. I made seven trades and went from 13th to second place by the end of Week 6. First, use NFL storylines to your advantage. With the unfortunate and likely loss of Will Dissly for the rest of the season, I have already started sending trade offers to the Dissly owners. Next, keep reviewing the waiver wire on a daily basis and know your waiver rules. A league I manage with my cousin has open waivers. Last I looked, Hunter Henry was still available. Another league I am in has continuous waivers that open again on Tuesday. People tend to forget about that (last season it was submitting claims Tuesday night) and I have been able to claim some great talent prior to the typical Wednesday waiver day in most leagues. If you have room on the roster to stash a lottery ticket do it. In most of my leagues, I picked up Chase Edmonds, Alexander Mattison, Reggie Bonnafon, Sam Darnold, and Hunter Henry just in case something crazy happened. I am now in a great place to send offers to the Dissly owner or any owner with a quarterback on bye in Week 7. Side note, pick up Darnold now, his schedule is amazing. Finally, just send a bunch of offers out (ones that make sense and that will help you win) to your league mates and see what happens.
– Andrew Liang (@whenpigskinfly)

I would continue to try to reach out to owners and post ‘on the block’ messages. Eventually, someone is going to want to strike a deal before the trade deadline to improve their squad. I would evaluate your roster and use the FantasyPros trade evaluator/finder to look for possible deals to help improve your club. Teams might not want to trade at the moment, but a big injury or underperformance might change an owner’s mind quickly. Don’t give up, some team will budge sooner than later.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

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