Going the Distance

His path to the end zone was clear.  He had broken past all his would-be tacklers and was making for the goal line like a jackrabbit.  No one could stop him from scoring – no one but himself.  He reached the 40, the 30, the 20….  But as he reached the 15 yard line, he shifted into…
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Informed Instinct

The new NFL season is just around the corner.  Training camp is over.  Fantasy drafts are almost complete.  And lineups are being set for Week One.  Many don’t realize it, but Week One is one of the toughest weeks in fantasy football.  Despite all the time to prepare for this first week, much of this…
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Buyer Beware

This past week, espn.com posted an article by Bill Barnwell titled, “NFL’s Best (and Worst) Arsenals: 32-1 Offensive Weapons Ranking.”  I read through the article, team by team.  I had no major issues with Barnwell’s analysis; it was rather sound and grounded.  In fact, it was so sound and grounded that the truth became quite…
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The Illusion of Action

As many of you know from my previous post, I participate in an auction dynasty league.  These leagues tend to get rolling much sooner than most leagues.  But with our rookie draft and veteran auction complete, our league now can only wait while training camp and preseason approach.  It is an interesting period during which some owners sit quiet…
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Principles for Building Dynasty Auction Teams

Fantasy football comes in several formats, with infinite variations of each of those formats.  One of the least common styles of play is that of dynasty leagues with auction drafts.  There are those who play in dynasty leagues using traditional annual re-drafts that permit each team to hold over 3-5 players from their previous season’s…
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The NFL Draft – Reality vs. Fantasy

The new NFL season began on Thursday night with Round One of the 2017 Draft.  New players bring new hope to NFL teams and their fans – and to some fantasy owners as well.  The anticipation of snagging a rookie before he explodes onto the scene can build over the course of the summer until…
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Own It

The end of the fantasy football season often leaves owners in one of a few states of mind: thrilled and proud; frustrated and disappointed; playfully indifferent and amused; or numb and disenchanted.  Whatever the state and the circumstances, most owners will leave it there until the next season.  No reflection on the way the previous…
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Complacency

His fantasy team was 6-0.  He had just joined the office league this year.  A seasoned veteran of fantasy, he had been carefully managing his roster and staying on top of everything.  And the results were palpable.  No one seemed able to stop him.  The competition didn’t appear to be quite as strong as he…
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Failure

Last week, I wrote about becoming World Class at what you do.  I promptly went on to win absolutely nothing in daily play that weekend.  Zilch.  A complete bust.  There is nothing like failure to ground you in reality.  In fact, sometimes we go to extremes with it, either becoming so fearful of experiencing failure…
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World Class

It was 4:30 in the afternoon last Sunday.  One of my DraftKings lineups was ranked 2,581 out of 150,000 other lineups aiming for the $1 million grand prize.   Although I had placed higher in a contest or two over the past three years, I had never found myself this close to winning the biggest prize of…
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