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July 23, 2014

Dynasty Dynamics

Players We're Buying at the Deadline

by Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein


The trade deadline happens soon. This means that if you’d like to change the personnel on your team without utilizing the waiver wire exclusively, you’ll need to make a deal before the deadline passes, in many leagues. Weird how that works, we know.

While the deadline is a crazy time in leagues of every composition, they’re especially hectic in dynasty formats. Good teams are often willing to go all-in, as winning a dynasty championship is a difficult feat to accomplish. Mediocre teams generally break one way or the other. And even teams who are out of it have every incentive to be quite active, as there’s always 2015 and beyond.

To that end, we thought it would be useful to identify talent that we're looking to buy in dynasty leagues. This means less riding of hot hands and more willingness to take on a struggling star (I'm still looking at you Chris Davis), with the caveat that we think they'll return to their previous production.

Regardless of your position, though, it helps to identify talent that you think will be able to improve your squad not just for the second half of 2014, but for years to come as well. This is a great time of year to pull a poorly performing player away from a desperate owner, and to reinforce your ranks moving forward.

With that in mind, here are six players Craig and I think make nice deadline targets in dynasty formats.

Craig: Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
While he hasn't been everything we thought he'd be when he was on the verge of the major leagues with Arizona, it seems getting away from the Diamondbacks has done Skaggs some good. Finally a regular in the rotation, Skaggs pitched and yawed a bit in the first half, showing mediocre results but positive peripherals. This puts him in line for a better second half and also means there's a positive career trajectory that fantasy owners should be keen to get a hold of.

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