This initial post got gigantic so im going to break it up into some more manageable sized posts
Let myself tell you a little about…myself.
Hi, my name is Jeff and i am a Fantasy Football degenerate. I started playing FF about 10 years ago. I played redraft for a few years before i discovered Dynasty leagues, which i play exclusively in now. I cant get enough.
I have found that the aspect of Dynasty FF that i love the most is rebuilding teams that have been run into the ground by previous owners. I am an orphan rehabilitator. Sort of like that tv show Fixer Upper, but about fantasy football teams and with way less shiplap. I take over old run down teams, and i try to make them better. I am in 10 Dynasty leagues, nine of which i took over as orphans and are in various stages of being rehabbed. (I dont talk about the Startup Draft That Shall Not Be Named)
I won my first Dynasty championship last year (2017) with a team i took over in 2013. It was my first foray into Dynasty FF, and i inherited this clusterfuck of a roster:
Sam Bradford/Kirk Cousins/Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ahmad Bradshaw/Jackie Battle/Donald Brown/Peyton Hillis/Felix Jones/Evan Royster
Jeremy Maclin/Andre Roberts/Jerome Simpson/Josh Morgan/Devin Aromshodu/Robert Meachem/Ken Walter
Robert Housler/Jacob Tamme/Dante Rosario
Three of these players hadnt even been on NFL rosters the season before. I cut 2/3 the roster and started the long climb up the mountain. The first year i won 3 games. The second i was in playoff contention until the final week of the regular season. The third season i made the playoffs and if memory serves won a game. And then the fourth season i won the championship.
Now i dont brag about this too much, because the league wasnt exactly stocked with Great Whites, if you catch my drift. I went into it knowing nothing about Dynasty. But i read incessantly. I asked questions. I learned. I made plenty of mistakes, and i learned from those too. And in the end it payed off.
Dynasty leagues arent for everyone. Its usually a year round commitment. But i have a decent amount of free time, and what am i going to do with it? yardwork? I think not.
So i thought i’d create a little Orphan Rebuild Journal, so anyone interested could watch me try to replicate my success in other leagues. Im sure i’ll make mistakes this time too, but maybe it will help someone out there with their own rebuild.