In 2015, I participated in 4 leagues (1 redraft, 2 auction, 1 dynasty), which was somewhat amusing to me, given that after 2014, I was thinking of backing off the fantasy bandwagon—but some success in 2015, along with a desire to get more into the dynasty side of things, had me looking for some new leagues to join.
Stumbled across a league looking for 3 owners on Twitter, got in touch with the commissioner, found out they were doing a dispersal draft amongst the 3 teams that had been abandoned, and decided to give it a whirl.
One crazy thing about this league, though—it’s not just one dynasty league, it’s actually a pyramid dynasty league, with six completely separate leagues that are essentially banded together. I’m not going to get into all the details of how it works (mainly because I’m not 100% sure I understand myself yet), but after 2015 the league’s remained static, after this season there has been a complete re-alignment of leagues, and after next year there will be relegation and promotion throughout the pyramid, ala Premier League soccer. Making things even more interesting—in the top tier leagues, we can actually have an unlimited number of the same player within the league (so there could be 3-4 David Johnson’s in a league), in the middle tier there can only be 2-3 copies of a player, and in the lowest tier on the pyramid, they actually do a complete redraft each season. We happened to join the 5th league in the pyramid (hence, Twisted Dynasty 5).
First up was the dispersal draft, which was started on Thursday, March 24th, using the message board functionality on MyFantasyLeague. In late March, I would estimate that 8 of the 12 teams in this league sat pretty much glued to the message board, and 11 of the 12 followed along to some degree. The last pick was submitted on Sunday, March 27th—just three days for a 23 round dispersal draft. Sign of things to come.
Here is how the dispersal draft looked—it was a serpentine draft, and as the first new team to sign up, we were given the choice of where to pick, and chose to go second overall. There were trades going on throughout, including one we made in the opening minutes of the draft.
|Team 1||Unsportsmanlike Ejection||Team 3|
|Round 1||Dez Bryant||Le’Veon Bell||Rob Gronkowski|
|Round 2||Devonta Freeman||Jordan Matthews||Sammy Watkins|
|Round 3||Demarius Thomas||Tyler Eifert||2016 1.03|
|Round 4||Jamaal Charles||Allen Hurns||2016 1.05|
|Round 5||Latavius Murray||Blake Bortles||2016 1.08|
|Round 6||Matthew Stafford||Gio Bernard||John Brown|
|Round 7||Zach Ertz||Drew Brees||Melvin Gordon|
|Round 8||Philip Rivers||Matt Forte||LeSean McCoy|
|Round 9||Gary Barnidge||Panthers Defense||Nelson Agholor|
|Round 10||Markus Wheaton||Kendall Wright||Coby Fleener|
|Round 11||Kamar Aiken||Alfred Morris||Tevin Coleman|
|Round 12||Kenny Stills||Pierre Garcon||Ryan Tannehill|
|Round 13||Will Dye||2016 2.05 & 3.10||Bilal Powell|
|Round 14||2016 2.08||Brock Osweiler||Jerick McKinnon|
|Round 15||2016 3.01||Cardinals Defense||Ty Montgomery|
|Round 16||Sam Bradford||Carson Palmer||Torrey Smith|
|Round 17||Tre Mason||2016 2.10 & 3.05||Shaun Draughn|
|Round 18||Denard Robinson||Kenny Britt||Brian Hartline|
|Round 19||Victor Cruz||Calvin Johnson||Mike Wallace|
|Round 20||Donrelle Inman||Shane Vereen||Andre Williams|
|Round 21||Nate Washington||Bryce Petty||Bengals Defense|
|Round 22||Steve Hauschka||Chandler Catanzaro||Darren Sproles|
|Round 23||Bills Defense||Mike Nugent||xxx|
Left undrafted: Peyton Manning, Brandon Boldin, Steve Smith, and the Eales and Rams defenses. Big miss for all three of us on Steve Smith—especially at the end of the season (see the recap…I just realized this in typing this up).
Gave up: 2nd Round Dispersal Pick (Jordan Matthews)
Got: RB David Johnson
One of the extremely active owners had reached out to us before any of the details of the dispersal started, inquiring about our 1st, offering Johnson—we told him we couldn’t move the 1st, but would move the 2nd, if the guy he wanted was there. He wanted Matthews (who we honestly probably wouldn’t have even considered), and the deal was done.
Post Dispersal Draft Depth Chart:
QB: Brees, Bortles, Palmer, Osweiler, Petty
RB: Bell, DJ, Forte, Bernard, Morris, Vereen
WR: Hurns, Wright, Garcon, Britt, Johnson
K: Catanzaro, Nugent
Def: Carolina, Arizona
We were disappointed we didn’t get any of the 1st round picks available—but very happy with our RB, I was happy with Hurns (whoops), and figured we could move some QB and RB depth to either pick up picks and/or WR help.
Gave up: RB Matt Forte, 2016 2.05
Got: WR Keenan Allen, 2016 3.08
There was a lot of activity in the first few weeks, a lot of it exploratory—the rest of the league seeing if we were rookies, and us trying to find a WR1 without giving up Hurns, if possible. Allen fell in our laps—the other guy apparently had a thing against having two WR from the same team, and had Travis Benjamin on his roster—when we told him we didn’t have much interest in Benjamin, he offered the deal above (after rejecting Forte for Decker straight up). And some of the other guys weren’t thrilled that he did.
Gave up: QB Carson Palmer
Got: 2016 2.08
We’d made some offers on Davante Parker in a deal that would have shipped off Drew Brees, but he countered with a 2nd for Palmer—since no one else had expressed interest in him, we figured we better take it, since he was never going to play for us.
Gave up: 2016 3.10
Got: TE Charles Clay
We still didn’t have a backup to Eifert, and the champion from last year had a couple that he wanted to try and get something for before the draft, so we grabbed Clay as an insurance policy.
Gave up: RB Gio Bernard
Got: RB Rashad Jennings, 2016 1.11
We liked Gio Bernard a lot, and he was the most frequently asked about guy on our roster, but felt this deal was a no brainer—we finally got a first round pick (even though it was late), and we got a guy that was presumably the clear starter, in exchange for a guy that was in a split backfield.
Gave up: 2016 2.10
Got: RB DeAngelo Williams, 2016 3.10
With Bell on the roster, DeAngelo’s owner had offered him to us earlier, but we hadn’t been that interested. With Jennings and a first in the fold, we decided a 2nd round pick was worth it.
Waiver Moves: Dropped Mike Nugent, Bryce Petty, Calvin Johnson – Hadn’t expected to keep any of them, had only taken them in case nothing happened with Fitzpatrick (Petty), and hoping to include Nugent/Megatron in a trade (or to have a WR1 if he changed his mind on retirement).
Gave up: 2016 3.08 & 3.10
Got: Delanie Walker
This happened during the draft—our roster was full and we were pretty happy with it, so we offered up our picks. We were on the golf course, getting ready to accept an offer for Khiry Robinson for them, but were having signal issues—when we got signal, we found out we had the offer for Walker. Done deal.
1.11 – WR Tyler Boyd
2.08 – RB Paul Perkins
3.05 – RB Tyler Ervin
Waiver Moves: As part of a rules change, the rosters actually expanded after the draft. We picked up Chris Johnson ($7), JJ Nelson ($10), and Tyrell Willams ($3). We also dropped Alfred Morris somewhere around here—I think during the draft, to free up a spot for Ervin.
Then shortly before kickoff, we picked up Rob Kelley for $10, dropping Kendall Wright.
Season Opening Roster
QB: Brees, Bortles, Osweiler,
RB: Bell, DJ, Jennings, Williams, Vereen, CJ2k, Kelley,
WR: Allen, Hurns, Garcon, Britt, Boyd, Nelson, Williams
TE: Eifert, Walker, Clay
Def: Carolina, Arizona
Taxi: Perkins, Ervin
IR: Keenan Allen
Acquire: Quincy Enunwa for $22
When Allen went down, we figured we were screwed. We started trying to get a WR1—or even a WR2 who could masquerade as a WR1—but no such luck. We were fortunate to have already grabbed Williams, and Enunwa helped as well.
IR: Shane Vereen
Acquire: Jimmy Garoppolo for $16
There wasn’t much on the wire that would help us, and we figured he might make a trade chip at some point, if we held him. We didn’t.
Drop: Chris Johnson
Acquire: James Starks for $40
This…was one of our worst mistakes—we forgot to retract the bid on Starks after we found out he wasn’t even going to be able to play after Lacy got hurt. Whoops. Actually, before the week started, we dropped Starks for Cordarrelle Patterson.
Drop: Jimmy Garoppolo
Acquire: Alfred Blue for $0
Not sure what we were thinking here.
Drop: Alfred Blue
Acquire: Dan Bailey for $2
Drop: Chandler Catanzaro
Acquire: DuJuan Harris for $0
We ended up sticking with Bailey for the remainder of the season.
Gave up: WR Keenan Allen, 2017 3rd round pick
Got: WR Kelvin Benjamin
As the trade deadline approached, the same team that gave us David Johnson made this offer to us. While we really like Keenan Allen, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy, and we needed WR help to make a final push. Our record was pretty strong at this point, but we still didn’t have a WR1. Of course, as it turns out, even after this trade, we really didn’t.
Drop: Shane Vereen, Arizona Defense, Carolina Defense
Acquire: Green Bay Defense ($7), New York Giants Defense ($7)
We had to make a move with Vereen once he was activated, but didn’t have anyone else we wanted to cut. The moves with the defenses were purely speculation for the playoffs.
Drop: Green Bay Defense
Acquire: Darius Jackson
We finished the season 9-4 and won our division, and had high points scored by almost 100 points over the next team. Unfortunately, we choked in Week 13, and that next highest scoring team finished 10-3, to claim the top seed, while we were #2.
We walked through Week 15, to face the top seed in the finals—and while we had mostly late Saturday & Sunday games, he built up a big lead with Matt Ryan, Odell Beckham and Jay Ajayi—and then to rub it in, he added to his lead Sunday with 22.90 points from Steve Smith, who we passed on in the dispersal draft, and Dan Bailey kicked extra points instead of FG against the Lions, sealing a 151.67-145.56 loss.
Roster as of 1/6/2017:
QB: Brees, Bortles, Osweiler,
RB: Bell, DJ, Jennings, Williams, Kelley, Perkins, Ervin, Jackson
WR: Benjamin, Hurns, Garcon, Britt, Boyd, Nelson, Williams
TE: Eifert, Walker, Clay
Def: New York Giants
We’ve already found out that we will be staying in Twisted Dynasty 5, although only one other team from this season is remaining with us. The 12 owners are actually discussing starting our own league, due to how active our league was—there were a total of 47 trades made in our league, and at one point, I believe our league had about 5x the number of trades as the other five Twisted Dynasty leagues combined.