With the year coming to an end and 2017 right around the corner, I'll take this time to discuss joy, disappointment, feelings, hope, you know - all that stuff most fantasy sports players probably aren't interested in reading about, but I'm going to do it anyway.
People keep asking me two things recently:
Life balance is something that I tried to build between work and what's best for myself outside of work. Guess which one always won? There comes a time when you've dug a hole so deep, you can't get out of it. My decision to leave my job is my way of filling the hole so I can find my way out of it and completely start from scratch.
People say, "but you have a good job," and, "you're good at what you do." Let's be honest; just because you're good at something, it doesn't mean you should do it forever. And same goes for being good at your job. Maybe for some, those two reasons are enough. It isn't for me. I'm in my early 30's, and I still have not pursued a passion with any kind of conviction. I was never supported when I wanted to leave home to go to school on the mainland. I wasn't supported when I wanted to go to law school. I wasn't supported when I wanted to show a family member the MLB DFS articles that I had been writing. I can't mention my DFS "investments" with some family because they keep mentioning the word "gambling," because, apparently, the skill I have learned so far means nothing to them.
When you get a chance to play in a fantasy league with some of the best, you jump at the chance. Then the realization sets in that you have a spot in the league that so many others would love it have, and you can't screw it up! I am eternally grateful for the opportunity. Results aren't always a testament to your success. What has made me better over the years is the lessons learned and more so when I'm not near the top. The competitor in me wants another shot at doing this again and putting together a better team.
Congratulations to David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), who won first place! Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) did great too, with his team finishing in third.
The highest-placing listener goes to Brad Altman (@brad_altman) in second place. Very impressive! As mentioned many times on the Fantasy Focus Baseball Podcast, Brad made over 300 moves throughout the season; 337 to be exact, as you can see below.
For a 20-team, weekly league, I was surprised to see all of the adds/drops, and trades. I thought there wouldn't be as many moves to make with the free agent pool being so thin. There were always transactions going on and you really needed to be tuned into what was happening to take advantage of any drops to add to your team.
I've been gone for way too long! Check out my 'About Me' page to see what I've been up to.
Here's a look at the Listener League, put together by ESPN's Eric Karabell!
It's the 8th week of the fantasy baseball season and this is the point of the season where you can really see how your team is shaping up. With that being said…never have I ever been in a 20-team league, and my team is mediocre at best right now. The craziest trades have been made and there is rarely any free agents to pick up, or there are none at all.
After a couple of trades my team looks a little different from the one I originally drafted. At first, I thought I needed more help offensively because some of my hitters are not regular starters. I made the mistake of not drafting pitchers who put themselves in a position for quality start and it's negatively impacting my ERA and WHIP.
The season is young enough to where I can get that corrected if trade opportunities arise because I can't rely on waivers, or if Tim Lincecum can revive his career (wishful thinking).
The chance to play in a league with some of fantasy baseball's best, like: Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft, and David Schoenfield, has been fun! As you can see, they occupy 3rd, 5th, and 6th places in the standings. It's really interesting to see everyone's adds, drops and trades, and I'm surprised at how many moves some of the teams have made.
I was close to the bottom but I'm slowly making it to the middle of the pack. My co-worker and friend, Justin, is currently in 2nd place (one of us has to hold it down near the top). First place looked like a runaway just yesterday, but things change so quickly in this league and no lead is safe.
Hope you guys found this fun! I'll post more updates about the league throughout the season.