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Hopefully Jimmy Buffett can forgive me for the title of this article, but I did work for him for six months in Orlando at his Margaritaville restaurant.  We did meet briefly when I traded my turkey jimmysandwich to Jimmy for a cookie and an apple a few days before the restaurant opened.

As many of you might have already noticed, I have not been writing with as much frequency that I did last year. I launched the envisioning of Dynasty Blitz in April 2014 wanting to gain significant traffic to this site, and my almost daily content helped me do just that.  While the site has not been as successful as I had hoped, the site had 85,000 reads in the last fifteen months.  Read More »

This is more important than many think when it comes to fantasy football commissioners, even more so with dynasty ones.  All of us join dynasty leagues without a good idea whether we will enjoy$ ourselves or not.  Because of the longer commitment of dynasty leagues, there are a few things to look out for leadership-wise when entering a league:

Clear rules

When I look for fantasy league rules, it doesn’t have to be the US Constitution.  Clear concise and to the point is fine, or wordy if  the situation warrants like the taboo subject of “tanking”.  If something isn’t discussed in the rules, ask the commissioner about it before you join the league and not after.

Is change possible?  When does change happen?

Does the commissioner allow changes to the rules be made?  If so, is there a percentage of owners that need to agree to the changes.  I prefer at least two-thirds of the owners agreeing to a minor change, over 75% for a major change, and 100% for any money changes.  Also does the commissioner open up discuss on a rule before voting?  Perhaps another owner faced a similar situation or saw it handled differently.  A good commissioner will want to deal with things in the fairest way possible.  Read More »

Playing fantasy football is not about being the biggest, meanest, or even smartest player out there, it is about being adaptable to changing situations. Injuries, coaching changes and legal issues can all be hazardous to your fantasy team, but brucebeing able to think on your feet and adjust to these changes is what will make you a champion.

Draft strategy can evolve from philosophies that have nothing to do with fantasy football. I am always inspired by martial arts legend Bruce Lee with his “be like water” strategy.  I write an article about this every year, because it works.  Much like Bruce Lee’s movie, “Game of Death”, the strategy behind “being like water” is about adapting to your surroundings and using your opponents, aka leaguemates, weaknesses against themselves. Read More »

Here we are smack dab in the middle or perhaps tail end of rookie fantasy football draft season.  I have been lucky enough to be in some rookie drafts that took a day or two to complete, but a few keiselothers have taken weeks to finish.  Perhaps it’s me, but I like to be quick and efficiently build my team for success by being ready to draft.  Here are some of the particularly irritating, selfish things some owners choose to do:

Sit on the clock waiting for the trade

“Look guys, I have a twelve-hour timer, I can take every minute of it, if I want”.  Yes, you certainly can take all the time you need, if you truly need it, not just to play “I’m controlling the draft”.   Truth be told, I’m the oldest of five and this sounds like the work of an only child who believes the world revolves around them.  I play dynasty fantasy football because I love the strategy and the game, not to make others wait on me.  By the way, I NEVER trade with anyone on the clock, it only encourages this “I’m taking my ball and going home” mentality. Read More »

If you have played in a dynasty league for any amount of time or you are just looking to join one, check on how you acquire players that are not currently residing on a team. Depending on Josh Hillhow players get distributed, may make a huge difference in how much you enjoy the league and stay competitive.  There are a few ways leagues divvy those players up:

Some leagues use a first come, first serve policy.  This can cause problems with multiple owners that live in different time zones or have various work schedules that do not line up with when players become available. This causes come owners to horde players as they notice the team they are playing doesn’t have a starting kicker, so they grab two or three off the wire.  Is that how the NFL or you would want that handled? Read More »

What kind of trader are you? Are you the free wheeling dealer? Are you the guy who worries about another owner getting over on you? Are you a trader that likes to offer only fair trades the first time? Maybe your style is to take a little hit nowtrader to build equity for later trades?

Maybe you are the guy who is always looking to win every trade? Are you the owner that sends out a ridiculous offer to gauge interest? Are you the guy that sits on trades forever hoping that they expire or get taken back? Or maybe you just hit reject without giving a reason? If you are more about the second set of questions, this article might not be for you…

Those are all great ways to not make that many trades in a dynasty league and/or any other kind of league. The thing that is unique about dynasty leagues is that the owners hopefully are constants, aka the same owners year after year and relationships count. You may never be friends or friendly with everyone in your league, but at least you can find out their needs, help teams acquire what they want, and assist them if you can.

Talk to them first, find out what they need. Make it about them.

If you want to be a successful trader, find out what the other team perceives itself needing. There is no point offering a QB when an owner feels that their biggest weakness is at TE. Ask the potential trading partner a question: if you could improve one position or aspect of your roster what would it be, then wait for the answer.  You know what you need and now you know what the other owner desires! Read More »

 

There is something great about the NFL Draft.  Optimism is in the air for everyone as it represents a new beginning.  This is even more true with your dynasty squad especially if you are coming off a rough season.  After the rookie draft, you AndrewMiley_Twitterhave new exciting players, but now the draft and perhaps excitement are over.  Many owners stop visiting their league site for a while, go on that vacation, perhaps read a few articles here and there, and then log in right before Labor Day.  I’m not saying don’t go on vacation for a week or two, just don’t take a summer hiatus from your league(s).

Keep up with the news.

Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes play outside linebacker and not defensive ends in the new Rex Ryan scheme, that could be major news in leagues where owners have to scramble for defensive linemen.  Devonta Freeman might be a better fit for the Falcons running game than rookie Tevin Coleman.  This is the time to keep track of the little things, because you never know when a little crumb from the local media will pay off big.

Know your waivers.

I’m in seven leagues right now and every week I go thru the available players for every league.  On leagues that use the myfantasyleague.com site, there is a feature called the “my draft list” that you get to from the “For Owners” tab.  I sort the available players first by position and then by team to be thorough and add all interesting free agents.  This list keeps all of the free agents organized at a moments notice.  I still go low tech as well with my index cards.  When I tell my friends this, they say “why bother”, because I want to know who is available at any time.  If you want to make a trade, the knowledge that a replacement level player is available can reduce the risks you take. Read More »

Many of us dynasty diehards are in the middle of rookie drafts or we have just completed them, here is a weekly article about the trends that are occurring on myfantasyleague.com fantasy football dukerookie drafts.  This the last part of a three-part series, because most leagues complete their rookie drafts before those long summer days that get filled with vacations, outside chores and activities.  As always, my thoughts get based on dynasty PPR leagues with sacks being worth 2.5 times that a tackle is worth.

Just right: Amari Cooper, Oakland wide receiver (average draft spot 1.02)

This is the safest pick in the rookie draft.  Cooper will get plenty of targets, runs crisp routes, and gets to rely on the second year gunslinger Derek Carr.  By playing against the strong offenses in the AFC West, the young receiver will probably be playing catch up for the immediate future in the league. Read More »

The amazing time for dynasty fantasy football continues.  We are getting some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their mallettmoney where their mouth is in respect to player evaluation and strategy.  I joined a start-up league run by my buddy Stan Hyatt.  It is a 12 teamer with 40 regular roster spots and five taxi squad spots (rookies only).  The lineups are as follows: 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 2-5 WRs, 1-3 TEs (need eight combined players out of RB/WR/TE spots), 1 K and on the defensive side 3-4 LBs, 3-4 DBs, 2-3 DLs with ten total defensive starters.  It is PPR scoring for all positions, tackle heavy IDP scoring, 6 points for every touchdown, .1 points per 1 yard of offense (rushing and receiving), and .05 per yard of passing and/or returns.  I was lucky enough to end up with my favorite roster spot, 10th overall in a straight snake format.  You can find the league here: http://football24.myfantasyleague.com/2015/options?L=78307&O=17

31.06 QB Ryan Mallett, Texans

He could be the starting quarterback for the Texans with his strong arm and limited pocket agility.  Mallett hasn’t exactly had the chance to play much sitting behind Tom Brady and then getting hurt in his second game starting last season.  The quarterback gets the strong running game of Arian Foster to run interference while throwing to some talented receivers in DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong, and Cecil ShortsRead More »

The amazing time for dynasty fantasy football continues.  We are getting some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their hardymoney where their mouth is in respect to player evaluation and strategy.  I joined a start-up league run by my buddy Stan Hyatt.  It is a 12 teamer with 40 regular roster spots and five taxi squad spots (rookies only).  The lineups are as follows: 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 2-5 WRs, 1-3 TEs (need eight combined players out of RB/WR/TE spots), 1 K and on the defensive side 3-4 LBs, 3-4 DBs, 2-3 DLs with ten total defensive starters.  It is PPR scoring for all positions, tackle heavy IDP scoring, 6 points for every touchdown, .1 points per 1 yard of offense (rushing and receiving), and .05 per yard of passing and/or returns.  I was lucky enough to end up with my favorite roster spot, 10th overall in a straight snake format.  You can find the league here: http://football24.myfantasyleague.com/2015/options?L=78307&O=17

21.04 WR Josh Gordon, Browns and 22.01 DE Greg Hardy, Cowboys

These are two of the most talented players at their positions.  Both have many demons to battle to be productive.  I have no desire to have either on my team, but the price is reasonable enough to consider it here.  Read More »

The amazing time for dynasty fantasy football continues.  We are getting some rookie practice reports; all kinds of fantasy football drafts are underway which gives everyone a chance to put their jreedmoney where their mouth is in respect to player evaluation and strategy.  I joined a start-up league run by my buddy Stan Hyatt.  It is a 12 teamer with 40 regular roster spots and five taxi squad spots (rookies only).  The lineups are as follows: 1 QB, 2-3 RBs, 2-5 WRs, 1-3 TEs (need eight combined players out of RB/WR/TE spots), 1 K and on the defensive side 3-4 LBs, 3-4 DBs, 2-3 DLs with ten total defensive starters.  It is PPR scoring for all positions, tackle heavy IDP scoring, 6 points for every touchdown, .1 points per 1 yard of offense (rushing and receiving), and .05 per yard of passing and/or returns.  I was lucky enough to end up with my favorite roster spot, 10th overall in a straight snake format.  You can find the league here: http://football24.myfantasyleague.com/2015/options?L=78307&O=17

16.10 TE Jordan Reed, Washington

This third year oft-injured tight end did not have a good second season.  Reed missed five games last season while only had five fantasy impactful games.  2015 will be a make or break year for him.  Is he more talented than the 19th guy at his position, sure, but potential will only get you so far.  Huge risk/reward play here, I hope it works out. Read More »

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