Shawn Siegele breaks down all six of his RotoViz TriFlex rookie drafts, examining the execution of his pre-draft plan through 77 picks and 18 trades.
The RotoViz TriFlex leagues over at the FFPC are entering their third season. The format has been a big hit, as it reflects starting lineup requirements that have become industry favorites: 1-QB, 1-SF, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-TE, 2-Flex.
With the advent of the RV TriFlex leagues, we’ve been participating in new startups each year, and recently Colm Kelly and I adopted an orphan for our Overtime Dynasty Re-animators series. While battling to win championships, we’re also using these squads to help illustrate the strategy and tactics outlined in Perpetual Reloading, a method for creating the Permanent Championship Window in dynasty.
As we’ve discussed a lot on OT, this method for building dynasty teams requires you to navigate that tension between patience and aggressiveness, displaying them both at the correct moments.
This requires a lot of trading, and our trade-value-based dynasty rankings are set up specifically to help you benefit from trades that trade calculators won’t find. Across the six teams profiled here, we made 18 trades, which was almost half of the 37 total trades that occurred during these drafts.
Of course, if you have a lot of picks, you’re at the center of the trading storm. You have the flexibility to land your own targets, the ammunition to trade up across a tier break when necessary, and the ability to move down or out without cannibalizing your current opportunities. You don’t control the draft, but you have the most flexibility and leverage within it.
In this edition of the Workshop, we’ll look at the full picture of a dynasty rookie draft:
- How did we execute the tier-based rookie selection approach of the previous lesson?
- Where were trade opportunities and how did we structure win-win trades with maximum value to our long-term plan?
- What do teams look like after several years of this overall strategy?
Today’s rookie draft lesson will help you develop as a drafter, trader, and builder. It’ll provide a deep look into whether you want to embark on a similar plan for your own teams.