Dr. Roto: Dynasty Football Wheeling & Dealing

Dr. Roto

Daily Dr. Roto—May 14, 2019

Dynasty Football Wheeling & Dealing

Many of you are currently in the midst of your dynasty drafts. If you are like me, you love to trade draft picks (and players) to put yourself in the best position to win for this season and next. The best part about dynasty leagues is that you have to keep trading and churning to improve your roster.

I am in two dynasty leagues, one of which I won last season. I recently finished my dynasty draft and wanted to walk you through some of the moves that I made to show you how it’s possible to move up and down and still continue improve your roster.

As last year’s champion, I went into the six-round rookie draft with the 16th pick (it’s a 16-team league) of each round. So, I had 1.16, 2.16, 3.16, 4.16, 5.16, and 6.16—the worst pick in each round. Additionally, I had two players on my taxi squad (Derek Barnett and Taven Bryan) who I needed to make room for and activate.

Prior to the draft beginning of the draft I traded Bears WR Anthony Miller, Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones and 3.16, 4.16, 5.16, and 6.16 for Falcons WR Calvin Ridley. This may seem like a lot to give up, but I love Ridley and think he’s capable of becoming a top 10-15 WR this season. Miller worries me a bit as the Bears added two RBs (Davis and Montgomery) and a WR (Riley Ridley) to an already deep offense. Seals-Jones was expendable mainly because this year’s draft is so deep at tight end. This left me with only 1.16 and 2.16 as my two draft picks.

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I then traded 2.16 to get 3.06 and 3.12. I did this to try to get another pick to give me some flexibility later in the draft if I wanted to make another deal.

I used this draft capital to then trade 1.16 and 3.12 for 1.13 and 4.13. By moving up three picks in the first-round I was able to get Lions TE T.J. Hockenson who was still available. Hockenson was one of the top five players on my draft board so I was ecstatic to get him at 1.13. I will pair him up with Bears TE Trey Burton for two very solid TE.

At 3.6 I decided to take a flyer on Tampa Bay Bucs UDFA RB Bruce Anderson from North Dakota State. I know Peyton Barber is not the answer in Tampa, and I feel pretty sure that Bruce Arians won’t be able to deal with Ronald Jones’ poor attitude for more than a few games this season. Anderson was sneaky good in FCS last year and might end up being a player to watch.

At this point, I needed to make room for Jaguars DT Taven Bryan and Eagles DE Derek Barnett who were on my rookie taxi squad. I then traded DT Kawann Short and 4.13 to move up to 4.01. I like Short, but at 30 years old he is starting to slow down. I also thought that by moving up in Round 4, I might be able to move the pick to a team who was desperate for a player they wanted.


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This turned out to be true as I easily moved pick 4.1 to a team that needed talent. So, once again I moved down in the draft. I traded 4.1 for 5.2, 5.16, and a 4th Round pick in the 2020 draft.

This extra draft capital allowed me to make two more moves. I then traded away 5.02 and 5.16 to get 4.11 and 6.11. At 4.11 I jumped in and selected Saints UDFA Devin Ozigbo. With Mark Ingram gone, there is a real opportunity for a RB to emerge behind Alvin Kamara (I am not a huge Latavius Murray fan) and decided to take my chance on Nebraska’s Ozigbo. In his short time as the starter with the Cornhuskers, he flashed excellent skills and certainly could become a part of Sean Payton’s offense.

I then decided to move back into the 4th Round by trading my 6.11 pick and the 4th round pick I obtained in 2020 for 4.15 and selected Lions LB Jahlani Tavai. In an IDP league Tavai might end up being very valuable racking up tackles each week if he becomes the starter.

By the end of the draft--

I added: Calvin Ridley, T.J. Hockenson, Bruce Anderson, Devin Ozigbo, and Jahlani Tavai

I traded: Anthony Miller, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Kawann Short

And I made room for: Derek Barnett and Taven Bryan from my rookie squad.

By my account I added a top 15 WR, the best TE in the rookie class, a top IDP LB, and two possible RBs who could end up with playing time on two good offenses.

So, if you are in a dynasty draft my best advice to you is to not stop wheeling and dealing. You never know—it might just lead you to a Fantasy Football Championship!

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