Dynasty Hot Routes: Should You Diversify?

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Do you prefer to diversify your rosters, or do you like to own and draft the same players in every league?

Joshua Johnson – Paint this picture with me will you. Let’s say you owned David Johnson and Allen Robinson in every league. Now, if you are a dynasty nut you likely have between six and 47 leagues. Think what it would take to ensure you had Robinson and DJ in all those leagues. What was the draft capital you invested/traded away to get “your guys,” was it worth it? Now turn back the clock less than a year ago. That’s right it’s the Monday morning after week one of the 2017 NFL season. Robinson and DJ are basically already lost for the season. Your months/years of acquisitions have left you doubting your relevance in this dynastic world. Now what are you supposed to do? Do you have the assets to regain footing after being stung by the “queen bee” of injury bugs? Chances are the waiver wires are vary from league to league. Chances are also very certain that ARob and DJ are two of your top three players. Now I hope you are remembering that you own them in every league. Hence your season is spoiled faster than a bunch of bananas in an open-air bowl. I guess the answer is “Yes” I do prefer to diversify my dynasty assets.

Kyle Francis – I generally diversify. Some players I will have a bunch of ownership of, but I generally don’t load up on guys across my leagues. I didn’t originally set out for it to be this way, but I’ve had Darren Sproles on probably 90% of my rosters in my fantasy career. Most of that was redraft but I just always seemed to pick him. The current NFL player that I own the most is Alvin Kamara. This pleases me.

Scott Osterloh – @FF_EvilEmpire

I subscribe to a “best player available” philosophy when drafting players. So, if I have a guy rated higher than most of the dynasty community, I tend to have more shares of that guy coming out of draft season. Additionally, when I identify valuable assets unrostered in many of my leagues, I tend to add multiple shares in that way as well. Guys I’ve snapped up in multiple leagues over the last few years include Chris Thompson (waivers) and Kenny Golladay (drafts).

John Di Bari – @dibari22

In the past, I’ve typically loaded up on the same guys across all my dynasty leagues. I’ll use my redraft leagues as a place to diversify and get some shares of players I don’t have in dynasty. I make my own rankings each year, and it can waiver away from consensus ADP at times, so if I’m drafting best player available, typically I’m grabbing the same guys each year as I have them ranked slightly differently from others in my drafts. Not to pat myself on the back, but this is how I’ve ended up with nearly 100% ownership of Tyreek Hill and Kenny Golladay across my dynasty platforms. This year, however, I’m not in love with this class and have looked to diversify as much as possible to mitigate risk. There are only a few players I’m trying to get everywhere (Jaylen Samuels and Daurice Fountain for starters) so I’m going to be looking at a more diverse player grouping than I have in years past.

Name one thing you have done in a dynasty league that can be considered tactical espionage?

Kyle Francis – Some owners keep notebooks on their league mates’ tendencies. I take my game to the next level. I have infiltrated the home and or office of every league mate of mine in the DFF Blue Chips league. As a result, I’ve obtained extremely sensitive information pertaining to their lives and more importantly, their fantasy teams. That is the only explanation for how I have put together the juggernaut I have!

Ben Glaser – I like to watch my opponents’ Twitter accounts. A. It’s nice to know who they’re following. If they’re following generic fantasy analyst and generic fantasy analyst says to sell a certain player, I’ll reach out and see if I can get a discount. B. Watching for trade polls is always good. The one vote can rarely sway things but knowing who’s available prior to the trade being completed can be very useful.

Scott Osterloh – @FF_EvilEmpire

Last year, I was selling Julio Jones, so I spread an anonymous rumor that a trade going down for Julio. Later that day, I got multiple offers for the stud Atlanta WR, and ended up snagging Todd Gurley in a trade. Without using my tactic, I’m certain TG would not have been made available.

Joshua Johnson – Please tell Kyle the joke is on him because I don’t have an office. Also, I am very glad that I am not in a league with Ben. Truthfully, I am already afraid of Scott, so I will say no more on that front. The best thing I can think to do in my leagues is find who the other owners like for both college and NFL football. This can help really leverage a deal just ask @DFF_DWin. This is especially true when a player is drafted high the actual NFL draft. Selling Sam Darnold to the irrational Jets or USC Trojans fan in your league is the clearest example I can lay out there.

John Di Bari – @dibari22

I discuss trade offers I’m getting with other teams to see if anyone else will sweeten the pot. For example, in my main home league, I had pick 1.12 with nobody who interested me at the point at that price. Four owners mentioned they were interested in trading for the pick. My first offer coming in was for two picks (I can’t recall the specifics). I then took that offer to the other owners and said, “He’s what I have on the table, can you beat it?” It led to a bidding war and I ended up getting 2.11, 3.03, 4.01 and a 2019 2nd for the pick plus a 2019 3rd I had acquired last year. The other owner selected Calvin Ridley with the pick. With later trades involving the picks I acquired, I essentially traded Calvin Ridley for Antonio Callaway, DaeSean Hamilton, Jaleel Scott and two 2019 2nds, both of which should be early picks. If I ever have interest in a player or pick from more than one owner, I’m always transparent and use their offers to try to obtain a better offer.

Who is your favorite 4th round pick of this rookie draft season?

Kyle Francis – I’m gonna cheat and name two. Keke Coutee and Richie James. I’ve long since felt that smaller, slot wide receivers are the biggest and most consistently undervalued players by the fantasy community. That isn’t just traditional NFL fantasy players, it’s in the Devy community as well. These two are very good route runners, have tremendous production profiles, and are paired with two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. If you have the 1.01 this year and can come away with Saquon Barkley, Michael Gallup, Nyheim Hines, Keke Coutee, and Ian Thomas (all available in the one hole, rounds 1-5, in current ADP) then you have taken the league’s worst team and immediately built a fantastic young core. Pick up Trey Quinn and Jaleel Scott off waivers and bada-boom bada-bing fugetaboutit leaguemates!

Scott Osterloh – @FF_EvilEmpire

I’ll go Deon Cain for my favorite 4th round pick right now. He was a five star recruit out of high school, went to the wide receiving powerhouse in Clemson, completed an excellent combine, has great speed (4.43 40-yard dash), possesses NFL size at 6’2”, 202 lbs., and gets to begin his career for the Colts who have been desperate for a WR2 since Reggie Wayne left. I’ll Take Cain for a 4th all day, every day.

Josh Johnson – I am still extremely stoked that I nabbed Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler at 4.09 in a deep Devy league. The dude has all juice and I can’t wait to reject offers for him this winter. I also scored Tre’Quan Smith 4.01, Mark Walton 4.03 and John Kelly 4.12 in various leagues. All three have massive upside as far as my scouting notes are concerned. Smith is a Saint, he is big, and he can run hard. Walton could find himself (sooner than later) pushing Joe Mixon for reps (just ask Jason Waltner from the Capology 101 Podcast). Walton can do it all, mark my words! Kelly is somewhere between Dave Meggett and Darren Sproles. He can be the legitimate piece the Rams need to compliment Todd Gurley. Or exactly the opposite of Tavon Austin. Point per reception owners should feel extremely comfortable taking Kelly in the late second round.

John Di Bari – @dibari22

This is difficult. Aside from the top-end running back talent in this class, I’m not a huge fan of anyone going in the first two rounds. However, I do like the depth of this class, especially at receiver in the later rounds. My love for guys like DaeSean Hamilton, Jaleel Scott and Ian Thomas aside, I love me some Daurice Fountain. See what Scott says above about Deon Cain, well Fountain was picked by the Colts a full round earlier, so in theory, they like him better. At 6’1”, 206 lbs. with a 99th-percentile burst score and a 95th-percentile catch radius to go along with a 70th-percentile SPARQ-x score according to playerprofiler this kid is explosive and just the weapon Andrew Luck needs on the field if he ever throws a football again. He’s also an immediate red zone threat with 98th-percentile vertical and broad jumps according to mockdraftable.


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