So you and 11-29 of your closest friends have decided to take the plunge and start a fantasy baseball dynasty league. Congratulations…we’ve been waiting for you. Since you enjoy pain, you’ve volunteered yourself as the league’s commissioner. There was much rejoicing, but now the parade is over and you’re left sitting in front of your mom’s computer wearing a Burger King crown wondering what the hell you’ve gotten yourself into. First of all, stop crying. It’s unbecoming. Second of all, that’s what I’m here for buddy! Let’s take a look at how I go about forming a dynasty league from scratch. Hopefully this post will help your league keep the arguments and bloodshed to a minimum and you’ll avoid dying alone. You’re welcome.

  • Write a constitution

This might seem like a lot of unnecessary work, but in dynasty leagues it will save you a ton of headache in the long run. Write down everything you can think of that might be an issue and isn’t already listed in your host site’s settings. That way if there’s a dispute, you hopefully already have it covered in writing. Let the other league members be a part of this process if it’s doable. The more involved they feel, the more likely they’ll hang around for more than one season. This is the biggest key to being able to also play in the league you are commishing. Instead of coming up with rules on the fly, you take yourself out of the equation and simply become an enforcer of the constitution. Much easier.

  • Design a draft

Get all of the little kinks out before draft day and make sure everybody knows what’s up. Who’s eligible to be drafted? Is it a hybrid draft of MLB and MiLB players? Personally, I think the hybrids are more interesting, but some leagues keep their prospect drafts separate. After your first season, make it clear how many rounds the supplemental draft will be and again who will be eligible to be drafted. Slow drafts can be tiresome, but they’re usually the way to go for supplementals. Draft pick trading and in-draft trading are other things to think about prior to the draft actually starting. Oh, and if you are trying to use a system that doesn’t have all the latest prospects, you’ll need to figure out placeholders for the players who aren’t in the player pool yet.

  • Decide on your keepers

In my mind a true dynasty is when you keep 75% or more of your roster. Anything less and I’m looking at it more as a keeper league. In both cases, you’ll want to make sure everyone is clear on who can be kept. I typically make DL players count towards the keeper limit. If your league is going the auction route, there may be salary inflations and contracts to think about. Do you want somebody else to be commissioner yet? We’re not even halfway done.

  • Rock the vote (sometimes)

As I mentioned before, giving people a sense of ownership helps keep them active and promotes goodwill. Nobody likes a dictator. I usually let the league vote on rule changes in the offseason. This is a great way to get loopholes closed and keep making your league better. Don’t go overboard though. Voting on every little thing is annoying and the commish needs to have some balls once in a while. And for Pete’s sake don’t vote on trades or veto trades unless there is collusion suspected. The trade veto stuff in dynasties is not only lame but it’s a great way to get everyone to hate each other really quickly.

  • Know what prospects are and what to do with them

Most dynasty leagues have some sort of farm system that allows you to carry prospects. MLB defines a prospect as a player with less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched. This works just fine, but it doesn’t have to be what your league uses. Just be up front about the cutoff. You’ll also want to be clear on whether prospects can be stashed on the active roster or if they are just limited to the farm. Once a prospect exhausts his eligibility, what happens? Do they have to be brought up immediately? Next season? Does a team have “options” with prospects who have yet to lose their eligibility?

  • FAAB, waivers, or the wild west?

Even in a dynasty league where a ton of players are rostered, there are still going to be free agents everybody wants. You could do a free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) where people bid on players. You could also do a traditional waivers system based on standing. Or you could have a free-for-all (not recommended). It should also be clear who is eligible to be taken in free agency. Some leagues allow you to pick up anybody…others require a player to have signed an MLB contract prior to the season starting. In my opinion, this latter option makes the supplemental draft more interesting.

  • Track the draft picks

For the love of all that is good and holy please keep track of any draft picks that are traded if that’s what your league allows. It take two seconds to make a spreadsheet. There is nothing worse than getting an email the week before your supplemental draft that reads, “Does anybody remember which round pick I got for Player X back in June?”

  • Have an anti-tanking clause

I’m pretty lackadaisical when it comes to tanking, but it’s important to have something in your constitution that addresses the issue. People will naturally tank if they have the opportunity, and it is a lot harder to deal with in-season if you don’t have something in your rules about it. It should be clearly defined, since each league has a different idea of what “tanking” is and is not.

  • Know your audience

This is the one that I think most commissioners forget. If you’ve filled your league with a bunch of dudes at your office who never watch baseball and elderly relatives who “needed something to do” then you shouldn’t create a mono league with 75-man rosters. And can we please just have normal categories? I hate getting an invite to a dynasty league and then find out it’s 12×12 scoring with “fielding % during day games” as a category. To me, having ridiculous categories does not make the league more challenging. Fill your league with knowledgeable people and thin out your free agent pool. That’s how you make a league tough.

  • Enjoy yourself

Fantasy baseball should be fun. Remember…it’s like sex. If it doesn’t feel good, you’re probably doing it wrong. Don’t take things personally. Don’t make the league so complicated that you burn out in two years trying to keep track of everything. Fill the league with people you actually like and get along with so you don’t get an ulcer every time you enter the chat room.

If you read all this and STILL want to be a dynasty league commissioner…godspeed.

 
  1. Yescheese says:
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    Ah yes, the ulcer litmus test!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      never fails

  2. DBo says:
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    Dynasty advice: was offered Baez for Urias. Current SP are Hamels, C Martinez, Wacha, Stroman, McHugh. Current offense is Grandal, Pujols, Wong, Moose Tacos, Tulo, JD, Heyward, Myers, Ortiz. (ML: Gallo, Judge, Dahl, JP Crawford, Urias). Both have high ceilings but do you side with Baez or Urias? Thanks in advance!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like both…Urias might actually have the clearer path of the two though

  3. Spindr says:
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    Dbo,

    It’s Urias and I don’t think it’s close.

    Spindr

  4. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    Mike, I live near a team in the Midwest league. I did see Kershaw pitch in a game. Is there an easy way to find out what players/prospects to look for league wide? I can get that information for the
    Local team but was wondering if each league had a list of top prospects to look for.
    I enjoy your posts.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Baseball America used to do a thing called “top 100 prospects and where they’ll play” but I’m not sure if they still do. Rosterresource lists the projected levels for all of the prospects on each team’s page.

      • I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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        @Mike: ok. I guess I have some leg work. Might as wait till the season starts. Thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  5. Tweak says:
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    Thanks for the advice as always Mike.

    I’m playing in my first dynasty league this year and wondering if you might be able to provide a quick analysis of the prospects that I’m sitting on at the moment. I picked up this team after it had been abandoned and the league had vacated all minor leaguers from the squad. It didn’t look great to me to start, but I’ve put in some legwork with a number of trades to try to compete in 2-3 years.

    10 team league, 50 players total, max 13 MiLB slots (but obviously can hold more on your bench).

    My prospects:
    Nomar Mazara
    Aaron Altherr
    Max Kepler
    Jorge Alfaro
    Colin Moran
    Tim Anderson
    Gleyber Torres
    Derek Fisher
    Clint Frazier
    Eddy Martinez (21yo OF, Cubs)
    Austin Meadows
    Brett Phillips
    Alex Verdugo
    AJ Cole
    Jameson Taillon
    Julio Urias

    It’s a bit OF heavy, but that’s what I need going forward (and 5 OF spots plus 3 Uti per team). I have good young guys like Bogaerts and Franco, but didn’t consider them “prospects” anymore. If a number work out, I can always make other moves to fill out needs elsewhere in the future. Obviously, I don’t have a ton of #1 guys like Moncada, but I’m hoping that these are reasonable bets. What do you all think? And thanks for any info.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s a straight up nasty farm…great work! I think Altherr graduated, so you might need to promote him…not sure your league’s rules

      • Tweak says:
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        @Mike: Fantastic to hear!

        Altherr and Mazara are sitting on my bench, with hopes to displace some of my current OF with good production this season. Current OF is Bruce, Khris Davis, Gordon, Eaton, Reddick (plus Burns, Pompey, Melky).

        Cheers, and thanks again!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          nice! anytime

  6. John says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Got any advice for a guy who doesn’t have 11 friends interested in starting a dynasty league? I’ve been watching the boards at Rotoworld, Reddit, and Fantasy Cafe for league postings. Do you know of any other good meeting places for people looking to join/start leagues? I’ve been avoiding Razzball forums because I ideally want a Razzballer”s advantage over my league mates haha.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…makes sense. I see a lot of dynasty league postings in the forums over at Sickels’ MinorLeagueBall

      • Clint says:
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        @Mike:
        I have a similar question along these lines: if you’re creating a dynasty league from scratch with people you don’t really know, what’s the best way to get the league off the ground rules-wise for keepers? Start out keeping minimal guys (<75% you mentioned) somehow? I was thinking a simple combo of a certain # of keepers and then mandatory minors spots being carried for '17 to start with which'd be 5-10 majors guys and then the 4 minor spots. Then you'd grow from there each year? Or just start with keeping the 75% & expect them to deal from the get go? Biggest problem I've had is annual owner return even in regular keeper leagues so starting out finding a solid group is hard but if you start out w/full teams, my fear is next season filling those that don't return will be really hard.

        And FYI on the reddit stuff: I tried 'findaleague' and guys on there that even want you to join their leagues have been VERY flaky so I'm not a fan myself.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sure….start with smaller number of keepers and build up

    • Left Hangs Lower says:
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      @John:

      You may want to create one yourself and advertise it on reddit. That’s what I did in early December and after about two weeks I had 15 other managers.

  7. Joey Freshwater says:
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    It’s coming so quickly I can’t even control myself. Take that in whatever context you must.

    My questions isn’t dynasty related but more keeper league related. I can keep 3 guys in the round they were drafted. My options are:

    Rizzo (1st)
    Harper (2nd)
    Arrieta (5th)
    Frazier (4th)
    J. Fernandez (17th)
    Syndergaard (prob 15th depending on projections)
    Schwarber (prob 14th)
    Bogaerts (12th)

    I’m thinking Rizzo, Harper and Jose but what are your thoughts? And I obvs won the league last year btw.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like those three picks. Bogey in the 12th also looks promising.

      • Joey Freshwater says:
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        @Mike: Yeah i’m still going to target him in my draft either way. Noah was hard to justify letting go. I guess it’s a good problem to have when you have to tell Arrieta TTYL.

  8. Sasquatch slugger says:
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    12 team dynasty. Thinking of asking commish if we can go deeper with prospects. I’ll go with flow for now since I have a few decent players. Who would you keep from my crew? We keep 16. Thanks so much for your wisdom!
    Vogt
    Hosmer
    Solarte
    Kipnis
    Yasmany Tomas
    Sano
    Segura
    Lindor
    Correa
    Dickerson
    Castillo
    Pederson
    Upton
    Buxton
    Kluber
    Syndergaard
    Salazar
    Taijuan Walker
    Matz
    Samardzija
    Paxton
    Kenley Jansen
    David Robertson
    Giles
    Tolleson

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough…maybe cut Solarte, Castillo, Tomas, Vogt, Paxton, Shark, Walker, and two closers?

  9. Jammer McSlam says:
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    I am not sure if this is kosher or not, but I have a few spots open in a 14 team Dynasty league that is auction/contract based. We each team has a 15 person minor league roster as well and minor league draft. We are in our 5th year with the same core players.

    You can email [email protected] if you are interested.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no worries…there is actually a guy in this comments section looking for a league. If you email me [email protected] I’ll try to connect you two.

    • Joey Freshwater says:
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      @Jammer McSlam: How many spots?

  10. Booya says:
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    15 team 5×5
    Cargonz or Souza, Anderson espinoza, & a wood?

    Think I like Cargonz but hate giving up espinoza…

    Thanks!

    • Booya says:
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      @Booya: forgot dynasty also

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the Cargo side

      • Booya says:
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        @Mike: same league I was offered goldschmidt for heyward, rendon, McCullers & ketel marte. Feels like too much to me, any thoughts?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          tough one…I still like Goldy there – he’s the best player in the deal.

  11. John says:
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    Awesome stuff. Hit a homer run Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

  12. MB says:
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    Killed it man, perfect list.

    Speaking of dynasty.

    Any of these SPs you wouldnt trade Boxberger for in a dynasty league? 5×5 roto 15 teams, 20 milb, 30 mlb kept by each team each year.

    Cashner, Chen, Kazmir, Gio, Samardzija, Shield, Wei yen, Cashner

    Thank you

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I think I’d take any of those guys,

  13. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Trade my T. Ross and 4th round pick for his Gausman and 6th round pick? 12 team roto keeper with each team keeping 21 players. Thx!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds fair…I like Gausman more

  14. J-FOH says:
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    Why didn’t you post a sample constitution?

  15. J-FOH says:
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    A few things i think should be considered for a new dynasty.

    1) co-manager option – leagues that are deep could benefit from using two minds to keep everything covered. I also think its a better way to ensure continuity in case one drops out you still have the other to run the team. Usually teams that become available are not so good to take over.

    2) To add to your anti-tanking clause. It would be nice, but obviously hard to enforce on some sites, to actually show up during the season. I know I know, what about the team playing for 2020. If there was more motivation to play every year then you have a league that is more fun. If you have a 16 team league and 5 playing for 5 years down the road then what you have is an 11 team league with a very shallow free agent pool. I get the there are many ways to play a dynasty, but if you want a league to stick it out for the long haul then you need some balance. Its all good in theory but finding ways to motivate can be done if you get a good group of guys that actually enjoy playing fantasy baseball, yes, I said it, people that can actually and want to play. Collecting a massive group of maybe, possibly and cant miss but sometimes miss players from year one is not playing fantasy. Now before you slam me, I said year one. That is different than blowing up your team after a few seasons and re-building. Drafting a re-build in year one is just plain….well you get it.

    One thought to help get it started out of the gate is to have a progressive number of milb slots and or limits on the number of prospsects you can own in the first season and then each season going forward have an incremental change until you reach the size you want. I think when you take on the role of commissioner you are not just hosting, but trying to have party everyone wants to come back to year after year. Call me crazy but I like to see if anyone who knows the depth of prospects can actually play the game of fantasy baseball. They are two completely different things.

    I hope this long winded rambling of my mind at least promotes some conversation.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like progressive slots

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: I like progressive sluts too

    • Left Hangs Lower says:
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      @J-FOH:

      The way I set mine up is to make the consolation bracket worth something. Winner of that gets the #1 MiLB and MLB pick. Runner up of that gets #2, so on and so forth. Then top half of the league is just reverse order, so the champion gets last pick, his opponent gets 15th overall pick, etc.

      In addition, I wrote in the constitution that if a DL player is in a manager’s lineup for more than three days, that’s grounds for a penalty from the commish.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Left Hangs Lower: anything to make it more competitive and engaging is fun. Way to go

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Left Hangs Lower: did the same thing with consolation bracket being worth something in my biggest H2H money league (no keepers to keep teams as equal as possible year to year), in previous years teams tank, making some teams make playoffs from nothing else than having a weak schedule.

  16. Left Hangs Lower says:
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    Good post, Mike.

    I set up my dynasty league this past offseason and it’s easily the league I’m most excited about.

    I just want to shout out my own consitution. We have a lawyer in the group and he wrote up a 24(!!!!!!) page constitution based off a 6-page one I had made earlier. It’s in complete legalese, too. My favorite is when a league mate comes up with a question, I can say “In article IV, section 3….” and it feels BAD ASS. Thing is bulletproof, complete with commissioner punishment powers, voting systems, league settings, MiLB scenarios and more.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! holy cow, that’s wild

  17. Wheezy says:
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    Mike-

    Running a keeper league and wondering which website is best. Need a website that allows the commish to pick which round each keeper goes in the draft. We would also like to implement a Saves+Holds category that awards 2 points per save and 1 point per hold.

    Any suggestions would be great!

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer CBS or Fantrax for keepers and dynasties

  18. Clint says:
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    One other thing I’ve been struggling with in regards to league set up as well is the basic playing rules. I couldn’t find a h2h dynasty league I liked & my shallow keeper’s become stale so I’m trying to set one up myself but would like a balanced h2h rule setting between hitters/pitchers (seems every h2h format favors pitchers quite a bit). Do you guys have suggestions on the best league settings for h2h points?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m not a good person to ask for H2H points stuff

  19. Holden says:
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    One thing to keep in mind when designing the constitution is the amount of upkeep necessary. I’ve been in leagues that track options, service time, etc. it’s pointless and just causes more work for the commish. Better to have all updates to players’ status happen in the offseason.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      oh yeah…keep it simple if possible

  20. booya says:
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    Would you rather have ketel marte or archie bradley in 15 team 5×5 dynasty?

    Thanks Mike!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Marte

  21. ScreechOwl says:
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    What does your league count as tanking?

    I wouldn’t have thought of what I did in 2014 as tanking, but it’s very possible that’s how it looked in retrospect. I mean, I was well out of contention for any of the top spots, and I made a bunch of moves that everyone panned at the time.

    Kershaw for Goldschmidt while Goldschmidt was on the DL.

    Hanley Ramirez and Adam Jones for Bryce Harper and Brian Dozier.

    Brandon Moss for Chris Davis.

    Alex Rios for Carlos Correa.

    Marcel Ozuna for Jake Arrieta.

    So, um, I won the league by a whole bunch of points in 2015 (my other minor league players were Bryant and Sano, so my 2015 team was stacked at almost every position). The rest of my offense was pretty bad in 2014, but my pitchers helped me avoid a last place finish.

    I don’t know if that was tanking or if a whole bunch of things just happened to break the right way for my team.

    Of course, I’m cherry-picking these examples. I made a bunch of moves in 2014, and most of them weren’t very notable. No one in 2016 cares that I once flipped C.J. Cron for Brett Gardner. Those big moves, though, all pointed toward the future rather than the then-present, and at least that one time, they pretty much all paid off, and now my team looks like it could be really scary for the next few years.

    The thing no one wants is for tanking to become the only viable strategy, and that seems like it can be an issue in dynasty leagues. The only way to get a leg up is to get the good players while they’re cheap, and they’re only cheap before anyone knows if they’re good.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not playing players or not filling slots on purpose to get less points and finish lower in the standings in order to get a higher draft pick the following year. That’s my definition but it varies league to league

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @ScreechOwl: Tanking is not a possibility if you use an auction. Maybe you could do it where you must keep at least $150 worth of players or something.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        sure it is…people tank in auctions all the time

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Mike: Why? You are not getting a draft pick? You don’t get more auction money. Maybe the league in question has some pathetic rule.

  22. james says:
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    dynasty new player draft between Rogers and Swanson. Who to take

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Rodgers

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @james: swanson doesn’t have power in his tools.

  23. Mike Schwab says:
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    Hey Mike,
    Great stuff. Was offered Felix for Baez in an 8 team H2H points based league. Each team keeps 15 players. I still have 4 players to cut and baez is probably one of the four. Thoughts?

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! I’d take Felix

  24. Dan says:
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    Hey Mike (formerly Maikel)

    I’d like your opinion on my Dynasty keepers
    10 team H2H – I can keep 15 (with round value attached)

    Which would you keep based strictly on HIGHEST UPSIDE? (and taking their round into consideration as well)

    16 Kyle Schwarber
    19 Maikel Franco
    14 Xander Bogaerts
    19 Miguel Sano
    19 Yasiel Puig
    27 Joc Pederson
    27 Joey Gallo
    27 Corey Dickerson
    1 Byron Buxton
    27 Mookie Betts
    27 Aaron Judge
    14 Christian Yelich
    24 Wil Myers
    12 Freddie Freeman
    5 Jason Heyward

    27 Luis Severino
    22 Taijuan Walker
    27 Marcus Stroman
    7 Carlos Rodon
    27 Kevin Gausman
    24 Joe Ross

    Thanks buddy, love the posts!

    • Dan says:
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      @Dan: also add 27 Jonathan Schoop :)

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Schoop over Walker or C-Dick

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! Bogey, Franco, Puig, Sano, Heyward, Schwarber, Yelich, Betts, Sev, Gausman, Stroman, Joc, Freeman, Walker, Dickerson looks solid

  25. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    with that same roster as mentioned before (holds/QS/OPS/XBH added)
    C
    1B piscotty
    2B cano
    3B carpenter
    SS
    OF – cargo 1, heyward, a.jones, ellsbury start 3 OF, 1 util
    SP -rodon
    NA – dahl
    Would i be better off moving not big draft pick (not the 3rd rounder arcia guy wanted for his 10th rounder, actually rounds 12 and 19, but i mean from our starting draft after keeper 9) for glasnow over dahl? glasnow owner has grichuk/glasnow/conforto that he can’t keep.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: that was a 20 team league with only 1250 max innings roto.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d rather have Dahl

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Mike: this same league, got an offer of kang for heyward. obv for redraft this would be crazy, but what about here? might be able to get a pick upgrade with it as i’m sure heyward’s name is worth more right now.

  26. goodfold2 says:
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    same 30 man deep league. looking good for segura, bad, possibly really bad, for z.davies being a starter anymore. at least he’s under on his innings, unlike jose urena or d.leone. guess i gotta drop leone and take the .575 mil (100 mil budgets) hit for this year and next year as well, or could take all of it next year or this year (1.15 mil).
    C -d’arnaud (.4 per till end of 2017)
    CI -beltre (10.5 per till end of 2017, so if he rebounds he’ll be worth it now)
    CI -smoak (1.347 this year only, cheap, but not a starter either)
    MI – segura (.534 this year)
    MI – alcides (5.25 this year)
    OF – altherr (.4 till end of 2019)
    OF – a-jax (6.4 this year, no team and likely at best 4th OF if/when he gets one)
    OF – e.rosario (.4 till end of 2018)
    util l.martin (3.1 this year)
    BN drury (.4 till end of 2019, but looking more and more like i’ll have to put him down)
    SP liriano (11.5 this year)
    SP quintana (6.4 this year)
    SP davies (.4 till end of 2019)
    SP sale (6.425 this year, he’ll clearly be a restricted or franchise tag for next year), generally want to own 6 SP, even if 2 of them aren’t very good, i had 4 until the c.anderson trade.
    RP – fien (.4 this year)
    RP – melancon (6.4 this year)
    RP – n.jones (5.348 till end of 2018)
    RP – rj alvarez (.4 till end of 2019)
    SP/RP – j.urena (.4 till end of 2018)
    RP – d.leone (1.15 till end of 2017)
    prospects (up to 30 slots now, all of them .4 mil if i call up till end of 2019)
    C- o’connor TB
    CI – denton STL
    CI – l.encarnacion PHI
    CI – lavalley CIN
    CI – kubitza LAA
    CI – padlo TB (ugly trade here too)
    MI – rondon TB
    MI – p.gonzalez COL
    MI – lee TB
    MI – salcedo ATL
    MI – gumbs NYY
    OF – dj davis TOR
    OF – whitley TB
    OF – wates MIA
    OF – d.alvarez BAL
    OF – tocci PHI
    OF – sierra STL
    OF – cozens PHI
    OF – vj reyes ATL
    SP – heredia PIT
    SP – kilome PHI
    SP – r.lopez WAS
    SP -b.martin TEX
    SP – v.alcantara LAA
    SP – yarborough SEA
    SP – a.smith SD
    SP/RP – staumont KC
    RP – m.cabrera ATL
    RP – sherfy ARI
    RP -m.ynoa WSOX

    1. looking like i’ll have to send down z.davies/drury/rj alvarez and should drop leone. doing so would put me at 27.05 mil and still 8 slots to fill if so. with now 3 of those being SP (likely won’t be able to afford 3 SP though, have to grab guys like j.chavez/c.anderson who i grabbed last year before they were starters, 1 CI (hopefully a starter, if not a power upside backup), at least 2 more RP that could get holds (lots of these guys and some sneaky ones for cheap are always around), another OF probably and a backup MI on the cheap or maybe C.

    1. other than H.Lee who’s other 2 drops from prospects (gotta think heredia is one of them possibly) if i send down those 3?
    2. got an offer of my e.rosario + a-jax for a.gordon (10.775 mil this year) + m.zugunis OF CUBS (.4 mil till end of 2019). this would take my money down to 22.675 and 9 spots to fill. Good parts are it would take away A-Jax’s lack of starter at expensive price ass and give me another good prospect and alex gordon is valuable, bad parts are i would need to drop yet another prospect and would lose a nice, cheap e.rosario. what you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yarbrough, Encarnacion

      I’d hold

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: really, as yarbrough and l.encarnacion were guys you were higher on than most last year, you had them 8th and 10th overall in your lists. encarnacion isn’t even shown in mlb.com’s top 30 (but we’ve seen other decent names that you have in yours missing in those other times this year), he must’ve had a pretty ugly 2015. Yarbrough still checks in as 8th overall at mlb.com’s lists (albeit they do tend to overvalue boring possible SP), and i’m guessing you think his bullpen risk is higher than they do right?

        2. with that trade is the biggest thing rosario has such great value and is a starter? along with maybe gordon isn’t that much better than a-jax (this sounds hard though since a-jax doesn’t have a job and probably isn’t a starter if/when he gets one, unless it’s at LAA).

  27. Mike Schwab says:
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    Hey Mike,
    Keeper/Dynasty question. 8 team H2H point based league. Each team keeps 15 players. I have:
    Miggy, Machado, Rendon, Pollock, Harper, Carlos Gonzalez, Heyward, Encarnacion, Hosmer, Sano, Moncada, Kluber, Felix, Richards, Corbin, Teheran, Lester, Taijuan Walker, Giolito.
    What 4 to drop? Thanks again.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Teheran, Corbin, Hosmer, Walker

  28. S.H says:
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    Mike in a 20 team dynasty would you deal Yelich for Alford, Bird and a couple of picks in the first year player draft.?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  29. S.H says:
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    Dynasty trade 20 teams , unlimited keepers as long as you are uder the cap. Yelich for Alford, Bird and 5th and 6th round pick in the 1st ear player draft. Hold him or deal Yelich

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d want higher picks

  30. JJ says:
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    Hey Mike
    OK so I pulled the trigger on a big deal in my 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league. We keep 10
    I sent T.Frazier and C.Kluber for N.Arenado

    Happy with the deal but still not sure about which 10 player to keep.
    Pretty set on keeping ARENADO, BUMGARNER, POLLOCK, G.COLE, J.FERNANDEZ, M.SANO, C.SEAGER
    which leaves me with trying to pick the 3 best keepers out of
    B.BUXTON, A.CHAPMAN, J.FAMILIA, B.DOZIER, E.HOSMER, M.KEMP, K.CALHOUN, H.RAMIREZ, C.HAMELS, D.SALAZAR
    Which 3 would you keep?
    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prolly Buxton, Dozier, and Hosmer

  31. Alex says:
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    Is Bellinger, Domingo Santana and/or Schebler good enough for a return for Jake McGee?

  32. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team dynasty with 1 per position (exact OF spots), 1 util, 5 SP, 7 RP (at most 1 BN pitcher to prevent hoarding, so at most 6 SP, i don’t do that SP in RP slots, i want holds/saves guys there). keep up to 25 predraft (so gotta drop at least 9 to be able to pick somebody at pick 6 overall). H2H. added stats are doubles, triples, hits, BB’s, OPS, and defensive stuff like Putouts, double plays, OF assists, assists, and fielding % for hitters, and holds, QS, doubleplays, relief wins, pickoffs, relief appearances, OBP against, K/9. 5 DL/5 NA slots to stash guys. I’m TEX here and have to keep at least 9 TEX players at all times.
    C zunino/mcbrien
    1B Fielder (sucks for putouts that he doesn’t actually play 1B, it hurts in this one)/forsythe
    2B – forsythe/profar
    SS – andrus/profar
    3B beltre/franco/tomas/gallo
    LF upton/gallo/tomas
    CF hicks/sunday santana
    RF stanton/choo/gallo/beltran
    NA – tim anderson/tapia
    SP – darvish/d.holland/hammel/heaney/liriano/quintana/fiers
    RP – k-rob/tolleson/giles/kela/may/robles
    NA – urias/bradley
    Looking like obv drops are beltran/may/robles/zunino/o’brien (held only in case he was left up and was catcher, neither is true)/santana and at least 2 more from bradley (still big name prospect though, will probably be NAable at start of year)/d.holland/hammel/heaney/quintana/fiers/forsythe (he has more value here with the defensive stuff though)
    1. which 2. (technically i have 9 TEX guys if i drop holland, but possibly easier to hold that number keeping him)
    2. should i trade franco for odor (could drop forsythe then). i know franco has much better projections for this year though, other than steals, and i’m very weak at steals now (used to have choo/leonys doing those). i asked this last year too, but wow, franco’s projections are better. also, if beltre stays healthy (at least until choo gets LF, hopefully doesn’t take too long in yahoo, he had it last year), one of franco/beltre/choo is benched everyday (till stanton gets hurt of course).
    3. should i trade a 2nd rounder for shark? that is pick 26 overall, and i’d have to drop an additional starter to do it
    4. maybe attempt to trade yes… many for a 2B and drop forsythe. obv grabbing odor for yes.many is better idea if possible. i could throw all non 1st rounders at odor guy in that.

    this is the roster where last year’s ranking of leonys 3 spots higher than cain sugar preseason really hurt, as i didn’t keep cain sugar. also used to have ozuna here but i dropped him with his horribleness/GB rates/ownership hatred/demotion last year. really gotta hope hicks gets at bats now too.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: sorry, it’d be at least 3 drops out of bradley/fiers/hammel/holland/forsythe/heaney/quintana to be able to to use pick 6 overall in #1. keep up to 25, but i want to use pick 6 overall. and would have to drop a 4th guy (SP) if i trade for shark.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: if those starters are that good you i suppose could add t.anderson/tapia to that drop 3 list.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: but i do have to drop at least 1 SP, and generally i can stream the 6th, so dropping at least 2 of them makes more sense than dropping very good prospects like t.anderson/tapia. fiers came off waiver pile numerous times last year (till i kept him).

  33. S.H says:
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    Mike I have an updated offer for my previous offer for Yelich. I would get Tapia ,Alford Beede and Feede and a 6th and 8th round pick. How can I not take this deal.?

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