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FFPC Dynasty Fantasy Football Orphan Teams: The Most Intense Challenge

At its best, fantasy football is a user-friendly replication of what it may be like to run a pro football team as a hybrid owner, general manager, and coach. When playing in an annual seasonal league or a new startup league, though, you miss out on some very compelling parts of the experience.

Those who participate in yearly leagues do not have the opportunities to retain the same players every season and focus heavily on the actual NFL Draft and incoming rookies. When you get the chance to retain the players that were drafted, as is done in a dynasty league, there is a natural sense of increased rewards for drafting, trading, and waiver wire accomplishments.

Drafting a team in a startup league dilutes the type of realistic challenges real NFL owners, GMs, and coaches face. They have to buy an existing franchise or must take over an existing team and roster to rebuild and retool it. Taking over an existing dynasty team in the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) leads to the most true-to-life experience possible in fantasy football.

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FFPC Dynasty Orphan Teams: The Experience Of True Ownership

Many NFL fans have often naturally thought they would make different decisions than some of the owners of their favorite teams. Fans of teams like the Jets, Dolphins, Lions, and 49ers may have approved of the directions their general managers have made in the last few years.

There is admiration for the jobs done by coaches of the Giants, Vikings, and Jaguars last season. As a close follower of the Seahawks, I always greatly appreciated how Pete Carroll and John Schneider transformed a five-win team into a Super Bowl champion in a four-year span.

Here is a totally unique chance to see how one might fare when fully running a team. You have to actually buy the team and restructure it or take it over and attempt to push for a championship in the near future. There is no other simulation in the fantasy football sphere that better mirrors the responsibilities of running a pro football franchise.

The type of FFPC Orphan team you will choose to take over depends on your desired budget and appetite to turn a loser into a winner or to win a title and a healthy prize sooner. Teams are made available in various price ranges and in formats, from standard dynasty leagues to superflex and best-ball teams.

Getting involved now in an existing FFPC dynasty league will position you to start making trades right away in an effort to improve the team while preparing for the upcoming rookie draft. It’s an opportunity to jump into the mix of team ownership and management immediately, without waiting for an upcoming startup draft.

Those who purchase a team at the $77 league price point will not have to pay a one-time deposit, and some available teams are made available at discounted price points.


Buying a Dynasty Fantasy Football Team

Taking over an existing team that is listed here is an instantly fun and immersive experience. It also fills in some of the offseason gaps of inactivity that gnaw at the passionate fantasy football player.  The first step of the process is to fully review the rosters of the available teams for purchase, and that can be an enjoyable exercise.

It can be a very satisfying accomplishment to turn a mediocre team into a champion. When reviewing the rosters, though, you may want to target a team that does have a few attractive anchor players.

The lowest-priced teams might take more than a season to become a true contender. A team that is more suitable to win sooner will quicken the route to cashing out with a significant league prize. You simply have to choose the preferred length of the journey to high-stakes fantasy success.

Dynasty Orphan Teams available on the FFPC site. 

The Dynasty Team Purchase

When examining teams for sale, I considered a few significantly discounted squads, but many of them were lacking in foundational talent.  Other teams that could be contenders right away lacked enough notable draft choices it made for limited appeal. I wanted to do more than just assume the controls of an established team with little in the way of possible youth infusion.

Still, I will soon revisit the opportunity to take on a significantly discounted squad. There is indeed a good amount of allure to totally rebuilding a team. It’s more fun to do so in fantasy football than to watch it happen as a fan. The end results can be incredibly satisfying, knowing you have put a lot of work into reconstructing a team and ultimately guiding it to a championship.

Here is the roster I decided on as a preferred purchase, with the key players listed. I very much enjoy the FFPC Superflex Dynasty format and located a squad with a quality foundation and all of its draft picks for this season.

QBs – Joe Burrow, Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, Desmond Ridder, Baker Mayfield

RBs – Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Ezekiel Elliott, Devin Singletary

WRs – Garrett Wilson, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Romeo Doubs, John Metchie III

TE – Greg Dulcich, Irv Smith Jr.

This team is neither a complete rebuilding project nor an immediate contender. There is good depth at QB, as the Burrow/Cousins combo is obviously ideal. I always like to have a quality third option, and that could either be Wilson as a rebound candidate under Sean Payton or Ridder improving in his second pro season. One of the two is a potential trade candidate in a lesser deal with a QB-needy team.

The needs at running back are readily apparent, yet I would be picking from the No. 5 spot overall in the rookie draft. There is a possibility that Jahmyr Gibbs could be available there, or I could even consider a trade for a better second RB.

My core WR trio is obviously strong, but I would want to trade one of the two Tampa Bay WRs, as I do not like having two starters at that position from the same team. Doubs and Metchie have a lot of promise and also can function as possible trade chips.

I am hopeful that Dulcich can have a breakout year, as TEs receive 1.5 points for every reception. Payton always made it a point to notably include the TE position in his offensive schemes.

I am already compiling trade offers to improve at RB and possibly move up in the draft. It all makes for a compelling test of the fantasy skills, one that is definitely unique to taking on an existing FFPC fantasy football dynasty team that needed new management. This is my chance to operate as a fantasy football version of Pete Carroll, without having to run up and down the sidelines while chewing gum.

Scott Engel's fantasy and betting analysis is also featured at The Game Day.

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