Fantasy Football Keeper League Strategies for 2020 NFL Season

Jason Schandl
Top draft strategies for fantasy football keeper leagues in 2020.
Top draft strategies for fantasy football keeper leagues in 2020. / Elsa/Getty Images
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Fantasy football keeper leagues can be a ton of fun. Whether you start them off with a snake draft or an auction draft, they add a deeper layer of strategy to fantasy football.

Every year in a keeper league you get to retain some of your players from the previous season, allowing you to piece together a dominant dynasty if you land a few of the league's top fantasy producers.

Here are three strategies to keep in mind for your 2020 fantasy football keeper drafts.

Best Fantasy Football Keeper League Strategies

3. Know Your Keeper Settings

Knowing your keeper league settings is key to dominating your league.
Knowing your keeper league settings is key to dominating your league. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

This may seem obvious, but it's hard to overstate how important it is to use your league settings to maximize value. Some leagues simply allow you to keep a certain number of players with no penalty, but keeping a player in some other leagues can also cost you a draft pick (sometimes the original pick you used on a player, sometimes higher). This completely changes the strategy, as in the first situation you just want to keep your absolute best players, while in the second there will be some more strategy involved as late-round steals become increasingly important.

2. Know When to Blow it Up

It's important to know when to give up on a season and build for the future in keeper fantasy football leagues.
It's important to know when to give up on a season and build for the future in keeper fantasy football leagues. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Since keeper leagues extend into the future, your tough decisions still aren't over once you're out of the playoff hunt. Once you know you're not going to be a contender, you should be aggressively looking to make trades that maximize the value in who you can keep. This could mean packaging a couple of productive starters to try and acquire one star from a team that needs some depth, or possibly trading an older star for a younger player that you expect to break out later in the season or even the following year.

1. Overvalue Young Running Backs

Young running backs can offer massive upside in fantasy football keeper leagues.
Young running backs can offer massive upside in fantasy football keeper leagues. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The running back position tends to have the most turnover of fantasy stars, and that comes in part because it's a position that rookies and young players are constantly developing as new stars. You don't want to take too many gambles when drafting a keeper roster, but high-upside rookies like Clyde Edwards-Helaire, D'Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor and J.K. Dobbins all have a real chance at being first-round fantasy picks in 2021. If your league allows you to keep players at their original draft cost, that could make them among the most valuable keeper league fantasy picks in 2020.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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