Ten Commandments of Dynasty Fantasy Football

ten commandments of dynasty

Every season more and more Fantasy Football players discover the joy of the Dynasty format of this crazy past-time we all enjoy. The best time in any Fantasy Football Player’s life will always be Draft Day. Yet just as we need more than one flavor of sauce on hot wings, we need more than one format in Fantasy Football too. In his famous book about Dynasty Fantasy Football called “The Art of the Deal” a famous author explained all about how much fun trading is in Dynasty Fantasy Football. Just in case you are new to the format or have not had as much success as you would have wanted to, I present the Ten Commandments of Dynasty Fantasy Football. 

  1. I am the master of my own destiny, I will make decisions for myself, and not just rely on trade calculators or experts opinions when it comes to the value of my players. 
  2. Thou shalt not take the name of thy Lord and Fantasy Football Savoir LaDanian Tomlinson in vain. 
  3. Thou shalt keep the Average Draft Position holy 
  4. Honour thy Fantasy Football Commissioner 
  5. Thou shalt not give up on first round draft picks too soon
  6. Thou shalt not commit blatant one-sided trades with morons
  7. Thou shalt not commit collusion
  8. Thou shalt scour the waiver wire multiple times per week
  9. Thou shalt not covet Mathew Berry’s position 
  10. Thou shalt remember that Fantasy Football is a Weekly Game 

Let’s break these down one by one!

I am the master of my own destiny, I will make decisions for myself, and not just rely on trade calculators or experts opinions when it comes to the value of my players. 

What fun is Fantasy Football in any format if all you do is cut and paste the cheatsheets of the so-called experts? Part of the fun of the Fantasy game is actually outsmarting the experts who throngs of lemmings follow because they are too lazy to do the analysis themselves! Find those hidden gems and you are on your way to Fantasy championships because often ZIGGING when others ZAG is a winning strategy! 

Thou shalt not take the name of thy Lord and Fantasy Football Savoir LaDanian Tomlinson in vain.

Every year I hear someone say that this particular rookie running back has the potential to be the greatest running back in the history of Fantasy Football. STOP! Don’t do it! You are ONLY making yourself look foolish! Thy Lord and Savior in Fantasy Football will always be LaDanian Tomlinson. LT was not only Superman but played in an era when running backs got the volume needed to be true Bell Cow Backs. 

Thou shalt keep the Average Draft Position holy 

Every year Fantasy players get hung up on guys they must have on their teams at all cost. Each player has a value and that value is not only tied to their performance but to where you can get them in the draft. Lamar Jackson was not JUST a stud in 2019 because he scored more than 50 points more than any other player. He was a stud because he was being drafted as QB12. Every player has value in Fantasy and the key is to get that player at a discount to build the best team. But the true value of a player is different from one league to the next depending on the rules, roster sizes, and number of players starting at each position. 

Honour thy Fantasy Football Commissioner

In any Fantasy format the quality of the league Commissioner has a big effect on how much fun that league will be for the upcoming season. But in the Dynasty format it is even more important. A great Commissioner keeps the core group of owners together by not changing the rules unless a super majority want it done and is always fair in any rulings that need to be made. The more you try to micromanage a league or attempt to imitate Stalin instead of Gandhi in your leadership style, the less fun your league will be. You will more likely be replacing 3-5 players each and every year IF you can even keep the league together. Don’t be afraid to take up a collection to reward the exceptionally great Commissioner too. 

Thou shalt not give up on first round draft picks too soon

Every year I see Fantasy players in Dynasty make a silly trade or cut an under performing rookie just a handful of games into the season. If you valued a guy as a top rookie pick in Dynasty you better stick with that player for at least 2 seasons. This is especially true if the player in question was drafted in the first round of the real NFL draft. Einstein’s theory of Fantasy Relativity says E=MCsquared. E represents Fantasy Output with M representing draft capital and C for volume of touches. Don’t bet against that Einstein guy. He was pretty smart and was a five time winner of the Nobel Prize Winners’ Home League. 

Thou shalt not commit blatant one-sided trades with morons

As another famous Fantasy Football player once said, “You can shear a sheep many times but skin him only once.” You might laugh about a blatantly one-sided trade that you managed to pull off in a Fantasy Football league, but remember that success will come with some big time negative effects in the future. Your current league owners will probably shun you from further trades because they will never trust you again. The best trade is one in which both players have appeared to improve their roster which builds the trust needed for further trades. 

Thou shalt not commit collusion

Back in the days of the Wild West, anyone guilty of collusion was hung at Noon in the town square. You might not know this since they don’t teach history today like they used to when I was growing up, but one of the most famous showdowns in the history of the Wild West came when Commissioner Wyatt Earp of the famous Tombstone Fantasy Twelve league called foul on a trade by the Clanton Brothers to win their league back in 1881. Some have said that Wyatt overreacted but come on, do you really think it was fair that Curly Bill traded a 4th round rookie pick for the top running back in the league that year? Unfortunately, in addition to lots of people being killed in the showdown, it also led to the end of one of the most popular money leagues of the late 1880s. 

Thou shalt scour the waiver wire multiple times per week

You never know who might be dropped in Fantasy football on any given week especially to make room for a Bye week replacement. It is also very important to understand who the “Next Man Up” will be on any given NFL team. You’ll want to be a week ahead of grabbing the player rising up the depth chart before injuries put that person into the starting lineup. Each week one surprise big performer will be sucking away most of the Free Agent bankroll of players in your league. Every few weeks an underperforming rookie will be cut because of one of these “One Week Wonders.” Check the waiver wire later in the week after free agent pickups clear. 

Thou shalt not covet Mathew Berry’s position 

This 9th commandment of Fantasy Football is presented more for my fellow Fantasy Analysts than Fantasy Players. Are there better Fantasy Football analysts out there than Matthew Berry? Are there more entertaining Fantasy Football analysts out there? Maybe and maybe are the correct answers. But few in this industry combine the two better. Berry also worked his butt off to get to where he is and his success has opened up this Fantasy Football business to thousands of more positions than it had before Matthew Berry came along! Let’s celebrate success in this industry without being jealous jerks! 

Thou shalt remember that Fantasy Football is a Weekly Game 

If I teach you nothing other than to have more fun with your Fantasy Football leagues in 2020, let it be this simple mantra, “Fantasy Football is a weekly game.” Nothing frosts my donuts more than seeing people constantly talking about whether Player X will finish as the RB12 again this season. Who cares! A player’s finish in year end fantasy points is always too dependent on that player’s health. Unless you are in some sort of weird Roto Style league where you get rewarded by who scores the most points for the entire season please remember that HOW a player scores those points is more important than HOW MANY points he scored for the season. Since Fantasy Football is a weekly game it also needs weekly tools! My “Best 10” and “Consistency Ratings” tools will give you a true picture of the value of each player and can always be found here on FakePigSkin.com. 

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