In the previous installments of this series we’ve covered the basics of rebuilding a dynasty league team and some of the specific techniques that make for an efficient rebuild.
The Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Rebuild: Part 1 – Tips for commissioners and prerequisites for owners
The Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Rebuild: Part 2 – Techniques for rebuilding and how to know if it’s the right time
In this final installment let’s talk about how to effectively pivot from stockpiling future value to assembling the final roster and returning to a competitive strategy.
Tip #1: Let Your Core Determine When You Start Your Pivot
Every GM has a handful of players that make up the essence of their team. They’re the guys you just won’t trade unless someone drastically overpays. They’re the guys you tune in to watch on TV or travel to see in person. For a rebuilding owner these guys are the prospects they are most attached to and most believe in as big time fantasy stars of the future. When those players begin reaching the major leagues, it’s time to start the pivot from stockpiling talent to constructing your final roster.
Tip #2: Give Yourself a Full Year to Make Your Move
Start your pivot in the offseason before the season in which you want to be competitive. Think of this turn around as turning around a giant container ship, not a speed boat. At first you are still mostly looking for the best value in deals and in the free agent market, but you’re also looking for deals on veteran players that can help you next year. As Spring Training and the beginning of the regular season play out, you will see more of your prospects making debuts and some of your other young players begin to really produce. This will allow you to look at your roster and begin penciling names into your lineup and rotation spots and thereby identify your areas of need. As the season wears on look to snag players that fill needs so that you go into the final offseason of your rebuild with just a handful or holes to fill.
Tip #3: Consolidate Talent
Stop spreading out talent (star players for multiple prospects) and start consolidating talent. At this point if you’ve done your job you probably have 8-10 really decent middle infield prospects and your starters already identified. You don’t need that many for your final team. Don’t get attached to prospects that are not better than the players you’ve already identified as starters on your team. Look for opportunities to fill out spots on your starting lineup by trading several of your prospects that are farther out. You don’t want to fill your roster back up with short term assets, but if you can get an elite player with more than one year of control it can make sense. Your final team should be a blend of youngsters that make up your core and proven veterans that you can count on for consistent production.
TIP #4: Fill Your Team With Players You Like
Remember, the entire point of all of this is to enjoy baseball more. Don’t overthink it. If you like the player and think that he can help your team, do it. Make rebuilding fun by ending up with a team you really enjoy. Your rebuilt team should be an expression of who you are as a GM and a baseball fan.
I hope that this is helpful and that it will encourage more GMs to take on the challenge of rebuilding their teams. I love talking about this subject and would be glad to share my thoughts any time. You can follow me on Twitter at @ChappyIsClutch.