Not this year…
Every year I fall into the same traps (how about you?) and I refuse to do it again in 2009. I’m putting myself on record right here. This year I will change in the following ways:
1. Stick with fantasy baseball even in fantasy football season
Despite some relative success at fantasy baseball, I don’t spend a lot of time contemplating pickups, trades, etc. Then, when fantasy football preseason starts kicking up, baseball gets squeezed even more. Not this year baseball, not this year.
2. Make a real trade
Every year I get a couple trade offers and I almost never click accept. I rely too much on my drafting ability, and I’m always afraid to swap my depth when I have it. I’ve had some success, but there could be a lot more, if I made a couple big deals.
3. Be more active on my leagues’ chat boards
I’m always busy. Always. But a lot of the fun that can be derived from fantasy football comes from interaction with fellow owners. Whether it’s complimenting/crucifying a pick or trade, or on either end of trash talk, I need to be more involved with the community.
4. No player blacklist
Ok, this one’s not completely true. Players who are injured, dead, or in jail will definitely be on a blacklist. However, my blacklist this year contained Brandon Marshall. He didn’t finish out spectacularly, but he was a monster early in the season. Every year, certain players elicit a gut feeling and I react by not drafting them. It can work, but if a player becomes a great value he must be picked regardless of what your gut is saying. How many of us skipped DeAngelo Williams because Jonathan Stewart was there?
5. No tunnel vision for certain players
There are players every year that I draft across every league. It’s usually one of my sleeper specials, or somebody that I’ve pegged to become the next whatever. While it’s good to make brave assumptions and to take chances when the moment is right, going overboard is senseless. I thought Darren McFadden would be awesome this year — if Fargas can run like that, a real back can do better, right? — and picked him on four teams. I would have picked him on a fifth, but he went ridiculously high. Glad it didn’t work out… I got the Bengals’ Chris Perry instead. Yeah, he worked out too. In the preseason I was upset I only got him on two rosters.
6. A bad fantasy football weekend will not ruin football weekend
If my team performs poorly, it’s not the end of the
world season. Every year I have one week that aggravates the crap out of me. I really let it get me down. It ruins the rest of my football viewing and can creep even further into my life. As fantasy players, we have no control over how athletes perform on the field and we can’t ever project how things are going to pan out.
7. Schedule my league drafts early
I run a couple leagues, baseball and football, and every year is going to be the year that draft dates are picked early. This never happens. In 2009, it will.
8. Post more regularly here at www.chinstrapninjas.com
Yeah, shameless plug for the site. But, I love this stuff. I want to grow our community to the point where we have too many entries (from the original ninjas, and the rest of the Ninja Army) to fit on our front page every day. Here’s the resolution: At least a post a week to start. Once that becomes habit, I’ll increase it. Please, everybody, hold me to it.
This is hardly a complete list. I’m sure there are plenty of other resolutions to be posted. Please contribute yours in the comments section below.