by ja on 11/3/2008 11:18:16 PM
If you have ever wanted a list of ways to lose in your fantasy sports leagues then this is the article for you. I suppose you could probably avoid most of these and perhaps help your odds of winning as well. I'll leave it to you to use the list however you see fit.
Disclaimer: I live in the Memphis area. This means I can poke fun at the Griz. It's like family though. Anyone else gives 'em any lip and we're gonna have words.
Ten strategies for playing "losing" fantasy sports. Not necessarily in order:
10) Pick all rookies - I've never really seen anyone do this, but it could be an entertaining just to see if you could actually execute the strategy. I might even participate in an extra league just to see if I can draft the top 12 rookies. If so, I'll let you know how it turns out. I just looked at the top 75 players last year to see how many were rookies. Guess how many. Zero. Durant didn't make the top 75 (he finally broke the top 50 in march), and Oden didn't play at all. So there might have been 1 if Oden had played. That should tell you that your odds of drafting a rookie that pays off is actually quite low. Note: For keeper leagues you can draft rookies, but it's more for the future than anything else.
9) Try to Pick Players from only your Favorite Team professional team - You all know that one guy who picks mostly players from one particular professional team. If you are in a league that plays for money then people usually learn pretty quick. It goes something like this. The first year they get what they wish as far as players go, but with disastrous results as far as wins /losses. The next year they limit it to 3 players from the same team with better results, but still not really having a chance. A limit of two players from any one professional team is probably a good rule of thumb. Note: This is doubly (or even more maybe) true if your favorite team is the Grizzlies.
8) Refuse to trade your injured players late in the season because they might come back... eventually.
7) Pick anyone on the Grizzlies - I'm just teasing - but seriously, listen.
6) Trade Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming for Bob Sura and an injured Baron Davis - I saw this happen once. I might have even been involved. Anyway, it almost broke up the league. Make sure trades make sense.
5) Pay extra attention to player names rather than focusing on player stats. This is ESPECIALLY true in trades. Getting Garnett and only having to give up Maggette and Elton Brand seems reasonable (especially considering injuries have kept Brand's name off the loud speaker) if you just look at the names of the players in the trade. The stats tell another story though. Which reminds me, the Sura/Davis for McGrady/Ming trade that year wasn't actually a bad trade. Sura had a career year and was actually a bigtime fantasy player. Name recognition wise though... not so much.
4) Pick your fantasy squad based on who would "jell" with each other if it were for real. I'm not making this story up. Someone in one of my leagues a couple of years ago went on a rant and blasted the whole league talking about how noone knew basketball and that his team was best because if they were given a whole season they would jell better than any other team. [He didn't win - but everyone got a good opportunity to snicker at him.]
3) Load up on Guards and forget about centers. There are plenty of centers that give great fantasy numbers. You can usually acquire a high quality center off of the waiver wire. Not! [haven't used that one in a long time - Not!]
2) Refuse to use the waiver wire. Everyone will think highly of you for refusing to admit you were wrong when you drafted Marcus Williams. They'll appreciate whatever amount you contributed to the fantasy pot that year too. Besides, eventually his stock will rise. It will probably be right after you waive him - so hang on to him for dear life.
1) Set your lineup once at the beginning of the season then walk away. Come back, check out your lineup once a month or so. It's a lot more fun for everyone playing against weak teams who forget to set their lineup.
Do any one of these items and you are well on your way to the bottom of your league's standings. Avoid them all, and who knows, you might make the playoffs!
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