The Long Game: The Middle
The Long Game: The Middle

This article is part of our The Long Game series.

With the season more than a quarter over and trade talks heating up all over the fantasy world, it's just about time to make The Decision with your keeper or dynasty team(s). You know which decision I mean. Are you going for a title this season, or are you folding up your 2018 tent and accumulating assets for 2019 and beyond?

If you're cruising along at the top of the standings, or within spitting distance of the leader, The Decision's an easy one. This is the season you've been building towards, or maybe it seems like the last year of your window with your current core, and even if some bad luck through the first six-seven weeks has you not quite where you'd like to be, a championship is still within reach. It's time to maximize the short-term value you can get back for prospects and cheap keepers and go for it.

Similarly, if you're languishing around the bottom of the standings, The Decision is likely already made. This just isn't your year – maybe you knew that going into your draft, or maybe injuries and suspensions have gutted what seemed like a strong roster – so it's time to maximize the future value you can get back for your expensive studs and aging veterans.

What if you're stuck in the middle, though? What if it's not clear whether you should go for it or play for next year?

Don't Write Yourself Off Yet

The easy answer is just

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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