One of the things I have learnt in 10+ years as a fantasy GM is that it is important to have a long term vision for your team. If you constantly shift gears then it is impossible to develop anything meaninful that will sustain itself. Case in point, the Buffalo Sabres. Kevin changes direction on a whim, its why he will forever be chasing 'it'.
My philosophy for this Jets is patience. We added a bonified superstar in Jack Eichel this summer, a stud between the pipes in Pekka Rinne and a number one defensman in Roman Josi. Those three pieces will be the cornerstone of success this year and next. Along with keeping most of my picks for the 2020 draft, this year will be seen as a transition year between bottom feeder and contender. We have the talent to do well in the West but we don't 'need it' yet. That's the difference. I still have a deep pool of mid tier prospects, all my picks and some cap space to add at the deadline if opportunity comes.
Looking ahead I will loyalty Josi next summer and Pekka and Capt'n Jack are both signed next season. I only have $22.7 million committed in 2020 so I will have the flexibility to add players as needed either in UFA or trades. If things don't pan out this season or next then that's ok, and that's what a long term vision is about. Looking ahead, not making panic moves based on sim theories, making a plan and sticking to it, then getting ready for success.
And it will come, I have not been this excited about a team in awhile, let's drop the puck and see what this team is made of.