This article is part of our The Long Game series.
With the All-Star break in the rear view mirror and the new, one-and-done trade deadline rapidly approaching, it's a good time to take stock of your situation and decide how you're going to deploy your resources for the rest of the season.
There are basically three categories of resource available for GMs in keeper and dynasty leagues: short-term player assets, long-term player assets, and FAAB dollars. While your position in the standings will obviously be the biggest factor in determining how you prioritize each of those, maximizing your return in all three categories is, on a macro level, the most important thing you can do from now until your own league's trade deadline. Let's break down each of them in turn.
Depending on how you've played things to this point in the season, you either have a big stack of FAAB left (one of the top 2-3 budgets remaining), a medium stack, or a small stack (one of the bottom few budgets). You're also either competing for a spot in the money and/or a title, or you're not. There isn't enough time left to keep waffling and be on any sort of bubble – it's time to pick a lane, if you haven't already. Once you know whether you're in or out for the current season, it should be easy to figure out how you're going to spend your FAAB dollars, right? Well, there may be some angles you haven't considered yet.
Big stack, competing: