Dynasty Fantasy Tips
The biggest lesson you can learn playing dynasty fantasy football is that you CANNOT only rely on “young players.” Let me say it one more time but in a different way. To have a successful dynasty team, you should have veterans sprinkled through your roster to help stabilize and to create depth to your roster.
In this article, I would like to identify a few solid veteran players (over the age of 30 going into Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season) who can be purchased inexpensively in your dynasty leagues.
Quarterback – Philip Rivers (Age: 35)
I feel like every NFL season we keep talking about how great Philip Rivers is and how he is ready to take the next step. At this point, Rivers is a punchline. Rivers has had good talent around him, replaced a future Hall of Famer (Drew Brees), and has had too many blow-ups at the end of games. For me, Philip Rivers signifies a cheap fantasy producer who will have a deep reservoir of receiving talent coming off injury, an improved offensive line, and hopefully an offensive minded head coach.
Don’t forget Philip Rivers has thrown over 4,000 yards in a season eight times and over 25 touchdowns nine times. You will have bad games from him, but he will be an inexpensive dynasty asset for quarterback-needy teams.
Honorable Mention: Joe Flacco (Age: 32) and Jay Cutler (Age: 34)
Running Back – Frank Gore (Age: 34)
Running backs just don’t play past the age of 30. Running backs hit a wall when they hit a certain age. Running backs only have so much tread on their tires. These are all phrases we have said about Frank Gore over the past four seasons, and he has proved us wrong every time. During his age 33 season, Frank Gore rushed for over 1,000 yards for the ninth time and added eight total touchdowns to his resume. Going into his age, 34 season Frank Gore has milestones in his career well within reach (top-5 all time in rushing yards) and the Colts should know they need to improve their offensive line. I don’t know how much longer he can hold up, but I am not betting against Frank Gore for at least one more 1,000-yard season.
Honorable Mention: Matt Forte (Age: 31) and Jonathan Stewart (Age: 30)
Wide Receiver – Larry Fitzgerald (Age: 34)
At the age of 33, Larry Fitzgerald put together a season of over 150 targets, over 100 catches, his eighth 1,000-yard receiving season, and the best catch percentage in a single season of his career. It is easy to say Larry Fitzgerald is the fine wine of the wide receiver position. With a BIG cap number in 2017 (over $15 million), I would expect Larry Fitzgerald to at least have one more great year under his belt, but I would not rule out three or four more seasons of production. He takes incredible care of his body, continues to work on his craft, and even with his advancing age has shown he has a lot to teach off the field and a lot to contribute on the field.
Honorable Mention: DeSean Jackson (Age: 30) and Brandon Marshall (Age: 32)
Tight End – Greg Olsen (Age: 32)
Buying a player who isn’t in the playoffs is always a safe bet. He won’t have a breakout game to spike his price, and he isn’t going to get injured. Not only is Greg Olsen reasonably priced, but he is also trending upward in the later stages of his career. In 2016, his age 31 season, Olsen posted his highest number of targets, second-highest reception total, and second highest yardage total of his career. There is still plenty of juice left in this tight end’s body, and you should be there buying from someone who wants a “younger” player.
Honorable Mention: Martellus Bennett (Age:30) and Delanie Walker (Age: 33)
The key to a successful dynasty team is finding balance. It is fine to have a ton of young players on your team, but you should also sprinkle in veterans to create depth and to add a floor of scoring. If you have these bridge veteran players for your simmering younger players, you will create a balanced team and be able to compete right away.