My favorite strategy in dynasty startups is to build a team that can win now and later, as I detailed in a previous article on the Superflex startup strategy. However, suppose the choice is between drafting a short-term contender or a team that will struggle in year one before eventually developing into a perennial contender. In that case, I’ll go for the delayed gratification every time.
Depending on how competitive your league members are, you may determine that it’s simply not feasible to win right away and in the long run. Perhaps the beginning of the startup draft doesn’t play out like you were hoping, and you’re forced to choose between aging stars and unproven youngsters sooner than you were anticipating. At that point, it’s wise to fully embrace the youth movement and decisively shift to what DLF’s Ryan McDowell has coined the “Productive Struggle.”
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