Dynasty World Championship offseason recap

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If you are unfamiliar with the Dynasty Fantasy World Championship (DFWC) hosted by FFToolbox, definitely check it out at DynastyKing.com. It's a full-fledged dynasty league (24 leagues of 12, 288 teams in total ponied up the $299 entry fee to compete for the crown and title of #Dynasty King) with some of the best fantasy minds in the world competing head-to-head each week. Currently going strong into its second season, last year's winner Paul "Keep Pounding" Theoret went beast-mode on the competition putting up 2,650 total points over the course of the 16-week fantasy season or a mind-boggling 165 points per week.

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Theoret's "League 10" start-up draft in 2013 showed his skill in value-based drafting, most notably when he picked up Demaryius Thomas in the second, Josh Gordon in the sixth, Michael Floyd in the eighth and Tony Gonzalez in the ninth. As we know now, Gordon ended up with the second-most points of any wideout, totaling 299 points right behind Calvin Johnson in the league's scoring system. Thomas was ranked fifth.

By having these two Top 5 WRs starting every week, it almost always gave Theoret a solid chance to win his matchup and led him eventually straight to a championship. Furthermore, Gonzalez, although not a great dynasty option since he retired shortly after the season was over, put up the second-most points of any tight end. These kinds of value pickups, combined with a fantastic first-round selection of LeSean McCoy, were critical to Theoret's success. His final drafted team looked like a decent dynasty mix of old and new:

QB: Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman, Michael Vick
RB: McCoy, Reggie Bush, Bryce Brown, Ben Tate, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams
WR: Thomas, Gordon, Dwayne Bowe, Floyd, Brian Hartline, Rod Streater, Josh Boyce
TE: Gonzalez, Greg Olsen, Heath Miller
DEF: New England

Obviously having great starters alleviates the need for having great backups. Theoret didn't just have a good draft, he also engineered a key trade with fellow league-mate "Juggernaut Squad" in Week 10 in which he traded Ryan, Floyd, Tate and a 2014 1st & 4th for Peyton Manning, Vincent Jackson and the Houston DST.

Let's just state the obvious, that's a big boy trade with only three weeks left in the regular season. It takes moxie to switch into a different gear and change a few key starters for your team. It obviously worked out for him, but let's break down the numbers.

Weeks 10 to 13 total points (regular season)

Ryan: 70 points
Manning: 105 points
Difference: +35 points Theoret

Jackson: 57 points
Floyd: 75 points
Difference: -18 points Theoret

Weeks 14 to 16 total points (playoffs)

Ryan: 54 points
Manning: 93 points
Difference: +39 points

Total point difference in QB Week 10 to 16: +74 points

Jackson: 48 points
Floyd: 20 points
Difference + 24

Total difference in WR's for week 10-16: +6 points

Total for both positions: +80 points

If you consider he won the league by about 10 points, gaining those 80 points made all the difference. Not having those points would have knocked him out of the Top 10 overall for the season, and it's a massive point boost not only in DFWC but in any format. Not only did he gain those 80 points through trade, he also set himself up nicely by acquiring excellent talent throughout the season from the waiver wire:

Acquired Zac Stacy for 15% ($151) of his free agent budget in Week 5.

Acquired Nick Foles for 2.1% ($21) of his free agent budget in Week 7.

Streamed defenses most weeks which included the Colts, Chargers, Eagles, Patriots, Giants, Browns, Bengals, Cardinals and Texans.

His final roster at the end of the season looked like this:

QB: P. Manning, Palmer
RB: McCoy, R. Bush, Stacy, Benny Cunningham, Bryce Brown, Dennis Johnson
WR: D. Thomas, Gordon, V. Jackson, Bowe, Hartline, Marquise Goodwin, Streater
TE: Gonzalez, Miller
Kicker: Garrett Hartley
DEF: Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals

That's a good way to end a season and heading into the 2014, he will still be a top contender. Speaking of 2014, there are also some teams that will give him a run for his money. Below is a list of guys whom have great dynasty squads and have made some moves in the off-season to be in great contention to make a run this year:

League #1 Team "Cavalier King Charles"
QB: Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler
RB: Alfred Morris, Shane Vereen, Mark Ingram
WR: A.J. Green, Julio Jones, D. Thomas, Percy Harvin, Cordarrelle Patterson, Gordon, Alshon Jeffrey
TE: Jimmy Graham

Notable offseason trades:

  1. King Charles gave up Randall Cobb, Calvin Johnson, Tyler Eifert FOR D.Thomas and Green
  2. King Charles gave up 2015 first round FOR Morris

League #2 "Blue Ox"
QB: Dalton, E. Manning
RB: Doug Martin, C.J. Spiller, Andre Ellington
WR: Cobb, Justin Hunter, Patterson, J. Jones, Marqise Lee
TE: Rob Gronkowski, Ladarius Green, Julius Thomas

Notable offseason trades:

  1. Gave up Zach Ertz, 2014 first- and second-round picks FOR Doug Martin

League #4 Team "South Padre Tuna Hunters"
QB: Robert Griffin, Rivers
RB: Jamaal Charles, McCoy
WR: V. Jackson, Michael Crabtree, Pierre Garcon, Andre Johnson, Brian Hartline
TE: Vernon Davis, Dennis Pitta

Notable offseason trades:

  1. Tuna Hunters gave up Morris, Larry Fitzgerald, 2014 third round FOR McCoy, 2014 third and fifth round picks
  2. Tuna Hunters gave up Patterson, Jordan Cameron, 2014 first round and second round FOR Crabtree, A. Johnson, Pitta, 2014 1st

League #7 Team "Scurvy Cats"
QB: Drew Brees, Carson Palmer
RB: Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Danny Woodhead
WR: Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman, Garcon, Brandon Marshall, T.Y. Hilton,
TE: J. Thomas, Brandon Pettigrew

Notable offseason trades: None

League #10 Team "Foshizzle"
QB: Russell Wilson
RB: Morris, Joique Bell
WR: Victor Cruz, A.Brown, Harvin, Kendall Wright, Golden Tate
TE: Jared Cook, Delanie Walker, Tim Wright

Notable offseason trades:

  1. Foshizzle gave up Spiller for Roy Helu, Harvin
  2. Foshizzle gave up Dwayne Allen for Tate

As we find out from looking over Theoret's team, plus a few others in the Dynasty Fantasy World Championship, we see the winning strategy seems to be a combination of good drafting, getting plenty of value out of every pick, hitting waiver wire pickups and then making key trades to acquire players that may help you make a final push in the playoffs. If you can repeatedly do this, you will love the dynasty format and maybe become a 'Dynasty King' yourself.

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