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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 17: Keeper League Strategies

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One of the fantasy football topics I plan on dissecting in my next book is keeper/dynasty league strategies. There are so many different league types out there that there aren’t a whole lot of undeniably true keeper strategies available; everything must be take on a case-by-case basis, but I recently read a rotoViz post that did a nice job of explaining my general keeper strategy.

The easiest way for me to describe my priority order when deciding on my keepers is through a simple matrix where the production of a player is shown across the top (low, moderate, high) and the draft pick cost is down the side (early round, mid-round, late round).

In the boxes of the matrix I have put a number that corresponds with my priority for that action.  So keeping a high production late rounder is the #1 priority.

As you can see, I have keeping a moderate production guy as a late rounder as being preferable to keeping a high production guy with an early pick.Think of the production levels as being something like a high production guy is your typical fantasy stud, while a moderate production guy would be a guy who would start most weeks in your league.

This strategy generally holds if you have 2-4 keepers (it’s a little different if you just keep one player).  But for now let’s think about why this is sound strategy when you keep let’s say 3 players.

The first reason it works is that your leaguemates will just keep their best players from the prior season, often even when they cost 1st through 3rd round picks.  If you keep guys who cost later round picks, you’re going to be picking a lot in rounds 1-3.  Each of your leaguemates might end up with 3 of the top 36 players.  But you’re going to end up with maybe as many as 6 of the top 50 players.

Check out some of my non-keeper/dynasty strategies in my newest books.

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