A category in a rotisserie fantasy league is a lot like a marathon; it doesn’t matter if you win by a split-second or by two hours. You don’t get bonus points for winning a category by a significant margin.
Of course, you’re not going to win every category. Unless you have the World’s Greatest Team and/or you’re in the World’s Worst Fantasy League. It doesn’t matter where you are within a category, the same logic applies. If the gap between you and the team(s) immediately behind you is huge, you don’t really need any more production in that category. Conversely, if YOU are significantly behind in a category, there’s probably not a point in continuing to chase stats in that category.
As in a almost every 5x5 baseball roto league ever, we end up talking endlessly about saves. Saves are a unique category because it’s completely specialized. You have closers on your roster to pick up saves. Sure the strikeouts and occasional vulture wins are nice. But you want them for their saves.
Something about the 2014 season has owners over-valuing closers to a certain extent. Perhaps it’s due to all of the turnover at the position. But that happens pretty much every season. No matter where you drafted them or what the “player rater” says, your closers are NOT that valuable.
I’m in a league where an owner is literally befuddled that I won’t give up Billy Hamilton for Jerry Mejia. Every trade offer comes with a note that goes something like: “c’mon man! You need saves! No saves on the waiver wire! Saves!”
If you’re throwing out Aroldis Champman or Craig Kimbrel, maybe, MAYBE, I could see such a deal. In a redraft league. Where I’m so good with steals that I could afford such a deal. But that’s it. NOBODY is giving you an elite player for your middling closer.
It’s your team. Feel free to hang on to all of your closers if you think that your HAVE to get a Godfather offer to give them up. Just know that the longer you wait, the WORSE you will do in a deal. Consider:
I can easily compare fantasy football to two other popular pop culture phenomenons of the past decade: Breaking Bad and Facebook.
If you were watching Breaking Bad, you would constantly tell everybody that wasn’t watching that they NEEDED to watch. If you didn’t watch Breaking Bad, you just kept wondering “what is it about this show that makes everybody tell me that I NEED to watch it?”
When Facebook first started, it was jut a bunch of college-aged kids. Then the high school kids jumped in. Before you know it, your Grandmother wanted to be friends, you little cousin wanted you to help her with her “farm” and your girlfriend was pissed about those pictures your buddy posted with you at a bar.
If you’re not playing fantasy football yet, I’m sure that you know people who do play. In fact, they probably ask you to play occasionally. There are so many leagues with old college friends, work buddies and even family leagues. Much like Breaking Bad, your curiosity will eventually get the better of you.
Why did everybody get on Facebook? Mostly because it seemed like everybody else was on Facebook. NFL broadcasts are increasingly including fantasy components in their coverage. NFL.com, ESPN and CBS all pimp their fantasy games during NFL broadcasts and commercials. Millions of people are playing fantasy football. If you’re not one of them, you’re going to feel left out of certain aspects of the NFL.
So you’ve decided to play fantasy football. Now comes the tricky-yet-fun part; you actually have to PLAY fantasy football. Just being in the league and at the draft is a great time. But don’t you want to win? Odds are you are going to throw at least a few dollars into your league. There’s no reason to just set that money on fire, right?