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 have 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.