Have you heard of taxi squads lately? They’re popping up everywhere: You hear Rich, Matt, and Garrett mention it on the Dynasty Nerds podcast. some of our writers mention players who are perfect for taxi squad hideouts, or maybe your commissioner is even encouraging a vote to implement it in your league. While writing an article on advanced taxi squad strategies, I realized that there just isn’t much information about what a taxi squad is. And as Dynasty is a fast growing format, I’m sure there are plenty of new players out there who haven’t had the pleasure of playing Taxi Squad yet, even though it’s one of the most fun settings Dynasty League has to offer. If you’re new to the format, started your league a while ago, or are looking for ways to enrich your experience, let me introduce you to…the taxi squad.
what is a taxi crew:
a taxi squad is your fantasy version of an nfl practice squad. It allows you to “hide” active roster players while earning playing time in the NFL. these are usually rookies or second-year players. may vary depending on your league rules. most rookies don’t produce in their first year. therefore, fantasy managers are faced with difficult decisions. they can pick a guy to fill in for bye weeks and injuries or take out the promising young player you invested in with your rookie draft pick. this is where the taxi brigade helps. Instead of making the tough decision on the back-end bank position on his roster, that up-and-coming newbie is getting some experience over a year or two sitting in his dedicated taxi brigade space.
how the taxi brigade works:
taxi squads are similar to go slots. there are special rules that govern the taxi brigade. these can vary wildly, and a league commissioner should think about their league’s style of play when implementing taxi squad rules. most commonly, the taxi squad is dedicated to rookies. often only rookies are selected in your rookie draft, but this can vary. this allows you to keep young players without clogging up your bench.
There is one caveat: Taxi team players are not eligible to be placed in the starting lineup. if a rookie starts contributing faster than expected, the player can be promoted to the active roster and inserted into the starting lineup. to make room on the active roster, a player must be eliminated if there is no available spot on the roster. as rookies can take a few years, especially at the tee position, the taxi team generally allows a player to keep his eligibility to stay on the taxi team until he “expires”. often after two or three years.
These are the basic elements of the taxi brigade. taxi squads can have many fun variations for commissioners to explore. they can make undrafted rookie free agent additions (from their draft) eligible; Limit taxi to just a few spots, allow unlimited number of taxi squad slots, or even allow some poaching rules to make it work like an NFL practice squad. customize the rules based on your league’s style of play and how you see it most enriching the experience of your fellow leaguers.
why you should add a taxi:
If the above hasn’t got you excited enough to give it a try, let me convince you. many people would simply suggest expanding the limits of the list to give more room for newbie stashes and give owners the freedom to manage it however they see fit. if this is your focus, do you have a go slot? the above rules allow for more strategic approaches to list management than simple list expansion.
increases the value of late 4th or 5th round rookie picks, especially if the taxi squad doesn’t have a roster cap. encourage your leaguemates to get excited about scouting incoming rookies and learn more than just the top 10 or 12 big names. Finally, he supports the direction of most of the dynasty leagues to invest and recruit the future stars of the NFL before they break out. you’ll be able to brag and say you saw it coming because you selected that player and you hung on to him because you recognized the talent.
thanks for reading… part 2 is coming soon and will cover some of the more advanced strategies to employ in your taxi squad leagues.