I just completed what was, in my estimation, the most grueling epic known to fantasy sports: the fantasy baseball season. It is, without a doubt, a heinous bitch.
I’ve learned a couple things a long the way, though, that apply to ALL fantasy sports, not just to fantasy baseball. Here are some of those observations:
1. The season is a long one. Though this may seem like a simple fact that is, at best, obvious to even the most observationally challenged, it does, nevertheless, pose a myriad of opportunities and quandaries. The ramifications associated with season length are endless. How long should one hold on to an injured player? How long does one wait on a developing talent to finally become a great talent? When should struggling strategies be abandoned for newer ones? How many times will a certain H2H matchup occur?
2. PAY ATTENTION. Again, this is obvious, but still so, so important. Paying attention to one’s players and their trends is the most important thing that one can do. Knowing who slumps when, who is about to slump, or who is probably going to emerge from a slump can make or break a season. Furthermore, it is CRITICAL that one does not miss any players that are either OUT, on IR, or have a BYE WEEK. The difference in a matchup can be the absence of one or two vital players and their statlines; those matchups can be the difference in WIN/LOSS, which of course affect rankings; rankings, of course, are the determining factor in playoff position/matchups; good playoff matchups, assuming one has made it into the playoffs, can get a mediocre team into the final matchup; and so-on and so-forth.
3. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: NO star should be safe on your roster. If it’s the playoffs and they aren’t performing, cut them. Cut. Cut. Cut. A streaking rookie is better than a slumping veteran. Lose fascination with names. The only name that matters in fantasy sports is your own: Be ruthless. NO star should be impervious to the “drop” button–unless, of course, they are “undroppable”, which is, to use a previously used phrase, a heinous bitch.
4. Don’t grow weary in winning. The average person has the attention span of a __ See? Most people don’t give a shit about fantasy sports if they’re losing. Just by regularly updating your roster, you are almost guaranteed to place in the top5 of any fantasy sports league, regardless of initial records. KEEP PLAYING, no matter how you’re doing in the initial weeks.
(Edit: Dear Jordan,
You seem to have forgotten to mention the winner of the most grueling epic in fantasy sports. That is correct, loyal readers, it was this guy. Andrew. To say that I love baseball would be a laughable stretch. To say that I like it, would also get a chuckle. To say that I watched more than 2 complete innings of a game this year would be slightly more realistic, but probably still pushing it. As Jordan said, it is all about paying attention, and keeping up your attention. Crunching stats and not falling in love with any of your players. If I can do it, you can.
Also, suck it Jordan, I won fantasy baseball!