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Dynasty Leagues: Turning Fans Into General Managers

March 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

In a traditional fantasy football league, we throw all of our old players back into the pot each year as if last season never happened. We proceed onward to take turns drafting up a team, one-by-one, and find ourselves the manager of a team that bares little to no resemblance to years prior. Sure, this redrafting approach helps to keep things fresh, but what happens when we want more than that "bait-and-release"? What happens when we want to feel less like fantasy managers and more like a real life general manager?

Enter the Dynasty League.

In a Dynasty League (also commonly called Franchise or Keeper Leagues), managers keep the rights to most or all of their players from the previous year. This generally allows for deeper rosters, stocked with players to "groom". It also allows you to create a tighter bond with your respective players, because there is a long-term investment involved. I particularly have become quite fond of Larry Fitzgerald because he has been a cornerstone of mine for the past several years.

Different leagues add certain tweaks to shake up some of the rosters, but generally the main avenue for roster changes occur through Free Agency, Trades, and the Rookie Draft.

Free Agent pickups occur during the season, and allow you to drop one of your existing players to pickup someone who has not yet been claimed by a manager in your league. Traditional leagues generally offer the same feature as well, though certain dynasty leagues offer off-season Free Agent auctions similar to the bidding frenzy at the start of real life free agency.

Trades, however, get spiced up a notch in dynasty leagues. The best part about dynasty trades is that they can occur in the off-season as well. You can scratch that fantasy itch in mid April by calling up one of your league managers to try to fleece away a young running back. Dynasty leagues also lend themselves nicely to the trading of rookie draft picks and future rookie draft picks. Because the leagues are continuous from year to year, you can sacrifice some of your older impact players in order to rebuild your team with younger talent and/or draft picks (or vice versa!).

Rookie Drafts generally occur during the same time of year as the traditional fantasy draft. It runs similar to the course of the real life NFL Draft, teams take turns in a worst-to-first order, drafting rookies onto their teams. The feature of a Rookie Draft also generates a considerable amount of a fan's interest in the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft. Rookie Drafts practically transform the Combine and NFL Draft into events with huge implications in your fantasy league.

Because of these unique features, dynasty leagues become more than just another fantasy league. They give you the incentive to talk trades in the off-season. You can chose a strategy based off of "win now", "rebuild for the future", or a combination of both. Your rookie draft picks makes you care about the NFL Combine, NFL Draft, and even Training Camps. Before you know it, you are learning more about the NFL, front office philosophies, and football in general than you ever though possible.

With all of these off-season features of a dynasty league, not only are you extending your fantasy season to last throughout the year... you're becoming a real life general manager in the process.

Nick Mazzetti CEO/CTO of fantasy football dynasty site:

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