I know. I am the Chief of Sport. I should know how to put a fantasy team together, and depending on which of my teams you look at, you will have very different opinions of my ability.
So, let's talk about the teams. First, in order to show I am not completely incompetent, I do have a team that is in sitting in third place at the moment. This is a Vampire League, which means that there is one manager that starts with no Quarterbacks, Tight Ends, Defenses, or Kickers ranked in the top 16, AND no Running Backs or Receivers ranked in the top 24 at their position. But they are the only person able to freely use the Waiver Wire. If you happen to lose to the Vampire, they get to steal someone from your starting lineup. Since we never know who the Vampire will be, this is not a keeper league, which means there is a tendency to be minimal trading in the league, but I have been able to make some things happen. Currently, I am 5-2 so I have a chance.
And that brings me to my Keeper League, where I am currently the Detroit Lions of the league. Winless. I started the year with hopes of my team being good, because my draft was decent. Then after starting 0-3, having four players go to IR, and the players that weren't injured vastly under performing. I know it was a little early in the season to do this, but I decided to embrace the tank because we can include draft picks in trades. I traded away pretty much anyone of value, and got a ton of draft capital for next year. Unfortunately, I have no more assets so I am now stuck with a losing team, that I will have to select the best of the worst as keepers for next season.
My strategy in fantasy sports has too often been selecting players that I would like to have on my team, instead of just picking the best even if I hate a player. For keeper leagues, youth and draft picks have always been my goals during down seasons, so I was kind of playing the long game. Baseball, was typically a similar strategy, get young players that might last for a long time and develop into greats. It seemed to work a lot better in baseball though.
Maybe, I should employ the only strategy that ever worked for my Hockey league. Instead of doing real research, I just looked at the player rankings according to the EA Sports Hockey game that came out for that year. It was probably the best fantasy season I have ever had. Unfortunately, I started making my own decisions instead of letting EA tell me who to take, so it has been down hill ever since.
So what strategy do you use in Fantasy Sports? How quick do you pull the trigger on getting rid of people? What are your favorite types of leagues? Tell us all about your Fantasy Sports lives.