This article is part of our The Long Game series.
However, while those decisions may appear easy on the surface, there are some common pitfalls you'll want to avoid, and some spots on the margins where it's easy to leave value on the table. Let's run through the thought processes I use when making these decisions for my own rosters to see how they can apply to your own teams.
Who To Keep
The most important season for a fantasy owner is always the current one. Once you have a set of projected stats and earnings that you're comfortable with (whether you generate them yourself, use our auction values calculator, or take the average of a number of different projection systems), divide your existing roster into three groups: Locks (players earning at least $5 more than their salary), Bubbles (players earning within $5 of their salary, on either side), and Likely Cuts (players getting paid at least $5 more than their projected earnings).
The Likely Cuts group are players who, under normal circumstances, you want no part of. However, in leagues with extremely high inflation, some of the players in this group may fall