2020 didn’t go as planned for the Ol’ Culture Coach. After an opening week victory I lost 8 straight games. I finished the season a gloomy 4-9. All was not lost though. One of the most exciting pars of dynasty is the rebuild.
Starting line up
Heading into Week 1 I felt pretty good about my team. I would need to improve my RB3 and WR3/4 to be a serious contender, but the foundation was there.
The writing was on the wall
So undertake a rebuild, I did. This was my starting line up in Week 5, after losing my fourth straight game. It was time to take action.
I decided to invest in some injured talent with the expectation that the players would bounce back when fully healthy. I found a team that had some high-end players and still hoped to contend and set out to make a deal.
He had lost Barkley to injury after Week 2 and Prescott to injury after Week 5. By giving up Goff and Jones, I filled an immediate need for my trade partner. I received the two best players in the trade and he received two players he could insert into his line up. With full recoveries expected for Barkley and Prescott, I had, in theory, improved two positions for 2021.
The next move was geared toward upgrading draft picks. Sending Chris Carson and a fourth rounder for a second round and a couple of depth pieces worked for me. Gabriel Davis has flashed some potential and is playing in a high-powered offense in Buffalo.
Next up, moved my veteran QB playing at a high level for a young QB on IR. We saw Burrow produce before he was injured. We also knew there were some good weapons in Cincinnati for Burrow to work with in 2021.
I did not have great draft capital for the 2021 rookie draft. I had the 1.02, 3.02, and 4.02. 2021 wasn’t a great draft class. I grabbed Justin Fields with the 1.02. Kenny Gainwell was still on the board at 3.01. The 2021 draft class left a lot to be desired. I offered my 3.02/4.02 to move up one spot for Gainwell. It was accepted.
Through Week 5 of the 2021 season I am sitting at 2-3 after a .9 pt week from Saquon, who has injured his other ankle and will miss 2-4 weeks. Prescott and Burrow have been great through five weeks. Deebo Samuel, acquired in the Barkley trade, has exceeded expectations as well.
This team is still not ready to compete. I will be looking to grab some 2022 and 2023 picks as I prepare for the next step in the rebuild. I have all of my picks in 2022 and 2023 as well as an extra third rounder in 2022. Some of the players I will be looking to move are Adam Thielen, Damien Harris, and Sterling Shepard. I’m not opposed to moving Burrow, Dak, or Deebo, but the cost will be pretty high.
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