When most people hear the word “dynasty,” their thoughts fall into two categories — a succession of rulers of the same line of descent (e.g. The Ming Dynasty), or sports. 

In the sports realm, people either think of real sports (the Yankees, the Patriots, etc.) or fantasy sports — specifically fantasy football. 

For the longest time, I was part of the first group. And up until a few weeks ago, I had never been in a dynasty league. (In fact, 2020 would only be my third year playing fantasy football all-together.) Someone on Twitter randomly asked me if I wanted to join a dynasty league. I wasn’t sure what to say at first. I’d wanted to join one for a while, but I was terrified. (Heck, I’m still terrified.) Then I realized the best way to learn is to just dive in the deep end — so I said yes.

It wasn’t until I dove in that I realized just how deep the water was. A 20-30 round draft? Superflex? More than one quarterback? What is happening? What does it all mean?! I had so many questions, and practically zero answers.

So, I went to the best possible source of advice I could think of — Twitter — and asked a question: 

“What's one piece of advice you would give someone who's thinking of making the leap from redraft to dynasty / What is one thing you wish someone would have told you?”

 

Fantasy Twitter had a wealth of knowledge to share, and I’m passing on the wisdom: 

  • Always get your guy, don’t worry about average draft position.

  • Balance youth with age. Don’t be afraid to draft veterans, especially if you believe you can win now.
     
  • Do your research! Twitter and podcasts will be your best friends.

  • Don’t be afraid to take chances it’s all about fun.

  • Determine your strategy pre-draft: win now, build for the future, or a balanced approach.

  • Don’t wait for a player to fall to you. Make your move and get your guy.

  • Know the contract situation for each player! Did they just sign a long-term contract, or is their contract up for negotiation at the end of the season.

  • Don’t trade future first round rookie picks. Hold onto them until you understand dynasty.

  • Don’t undervalue elite wide receivers because they’re getting older. They age better than running backs.

  • When the draft zigs, you zag.

  • Be fluid. Let the draft board dictate strategy.

  • Don’t be afraid to trade rookie picks for proven veterans. Rookies are a bigger crap-shoot than most will admit.

  • Don’t be afraid to make trades and moves, even if they might seem bold to others.

  • Draft the best player available. You can always trade for positions you need later.

  • It’s okay to pay attention and pick young, but remember the goal is to win. Don’t think any further out than two-three years.

  • Study, plan, execute — no matter the cost.

  • Draft players who dominate their positions.

  • Sentiment changes faster than players do. Use it to your advantage.

  • Be honest with yourself and know whether you’re a contender or not. If not, sell aging assets to teams during the season and accumulate more assets.

  • Trade values are different in dynasty than redraft. A fair trade in redraft may be considered by some as insulting.

  • You draft to win next year, you work the waiver wire to win this year.

  • Don’t get caught up on rookie hype — they won’t all become superstars.

  • Take it slow. Don’t join five leagues in one year — the draft is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • Don’t let one bad trade affect your trading in the future.

  • Make friends and have fun!


This is all fantastic advice, but ultimately it was up to me (and you) whether to take it or not. When I took the advice given to me, I drafted Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill. When I did not, I drafted three defenses and only two quarterbacks. In my rookie opinion, I felt I drafted pretty well, but only time will tell.

We finished the draft, so now it’s time to figure out what I’m doing because I still don’t really know.

But, I’m learning. 

I’m learning how to pair trade offers and that future draft picks are a valid part of a deal. I’m learning how to differentiate between a good trade and a bad trade. (No, you can’t have Adams, Kareem Hunt, and Tee Higgins for Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham.) I’m learning how to not make rookie mistakes, like only drafting two quarterbacks. (But let’s face it, they’re inevitable and part of the learning curve.)

I’m learning it all.

Most importantly, I’m learning how to build a dynasty. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were the powerhouse New England Patriots. So, I’m sure it’s bound to be one hell of a ride. If you're still unsure about diving into the dynasty pool, just take a Leap of Faith. 

 

Oh! Perhaps my favorite piece of advice: