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 building lineups when I get the chance and will be posting them as a way for me to see how I'm doing, and a way for you to let me know how I'm measuring up…or not. These are lineups that I would have entered into contests if I could play.
Jose Fernandez was the pitcher to have on this slate against the Phillies, which meant that there wouldn't be as much salary to go around for bats. Chris Davis putting up a ZERO hurt since he was one of my "pricey" hitters on this day.
Gosh, this is ugly! This point total would have slayed last season but we can just skip over this one.