March 3rd was the last day I played on Fantasy Aces, but that's only because I had entered a few lineups the night before. If not for that, March 2nd would have been the last day. I knew I would be sad (to say the least) if I couldn't play anymore but the extent of that sadness is actually surprisingly quite depressing.
With baseball season coming up, I can't even enter into prize/cash leagues because of my location. For all of the time and effort I put into my teams and lineups, whether it be daily or season long, it would be nice to get some kind of return on my investment. I have 5 teams so far with some being with friends and acquaintences and we have something to play for, but it's really more for bragging rights.
The start of this year's NBA season was something I really looked forward to. If you know me, you know that I didn't care about basketball before DFS. I didn't grow up watching basketball games - just NBA finals during Michael Jordan's reign. I also didn't put any time and research before opening night to prepare me for the season. Research started the night before, for the next night's slate. From what I gathered, how could I NOT play Steph Curry for their first game at home after winning the finals?
I learned so much from then until now and it feels like it's been a waste. Lineup construction started with looking at numbers and stats and not knowing much about players and their teams, and what to make of them when a situation comes up - there's actually reasons and a train of thought now, when over the first few weeks that wasn't the case. Nothing mentally challenges me more and that's what I don't want to be apart from.
Blogs entries have been far and few between since all those MLB Acquisition posts (sorry), but I'm trying to get back on it. The last day of the month, first day of the month, and a day before that and after at my day job is pretty tough on me.
Over the last 10 days or so, I have been trying to do mock drafts. I say "trying" because at night in Hawaii, especially on weekdays, most of the country is already sleeping. I was excited about doing mock drafts, hoping that I'd see something that would jump out at me but all of it was ho-hum. Many drafters, after several rounds set their picks on auto-pick. Even when people were actually drafting, they were always taking the players near the top. All of my mocks were snake drafts with different draft positions (first, middle, last) After about the 10th round, I always found myself in the same draft situations and a lot of my teams ended up looking the same.
For a while, I tried to keep in mind that I shouldn't "overreach" for a player, but who is to say that the draft order put in place by a site is what should be followed? Different sites and fantasy experts have their own rankings and for good reason. It is up to you to draft accordingly.
When it comes time to draft your "real" team, will it go as portrayed by your mock drafts? Probably not. Last season, I was in a draft where someone drafted Ben Zobrist and Salvador Perez in the first two round. There is always some kind of wild card in drafts so be ready for that. I doubt I'll be doing anymore mocks unless it's just for shits and giggles.
My best mock draft team