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Types of Fantasy Players
Posted by David Martorano at 4/22/2008 7:41:00 AM
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In the interest of fun, I decided to take a close look at one of the most competitive fantasy leagues that I’m in. The purpose of my focus was to study the various distinct personalities in the league and to create general categories of fantasy players.

The following is my list:

1. The architect- The architect is a steady, conservative owner. He prepares well for his drafts and believes in his players like parents believe in their children. As a result, he does not trade often. The only trades you will see him make are either out of necessity or are extremely one sided in his favor. He stays prepared throughout the season and add/drops effectively. The architect typically qualifies for the playoffs.

2. The Fantasy All Star- The All Star takes his hobby extremely seriously. He prepares well for his drafts and drafts well as a result. He also stays on top of things during the season and add/drops like a champ. He is a vicious trash talker and enjoys knowing that he is better than most/all of the competition. His one drawback is his slight insecurity when it comes to making trades. He fears ever losing out on a trade. As a result, he passes up on certain trades because of that fear.

3. The Renegade- The renegade does not prepare well for his draft and drafts poorly as a result. He also does not stay on top of things during the regular season and is not a top add/dropper. His main strategy to compensate for his lack of fantasy education is to constantly insult the entire league with blatantly unfair trade offers. The thinking behind such a strategy is to catch an owner at a vulnerable moment and to rob him blind. The other strategy is to create the impression that he knows nothing about fantasy sports, which can help in reasonable trade talks. The renegade generally has a positive influence on fantasy leagues. He is constantly angering owners, generating buzz and making things interesting.

4. The Sleeping Tiger- The sleeping tiger drafts well and stays on top of things during the regular season. His strategy is to be on top of things and to lay low. You will rarely see him talk trash or bring attention onto himself. As a result he is able to make lots of successful trades because owners do not see him as a threat.

5. The Salesman- The salesman does not waste his time with draft preparation or in season education. He knows a lot about sports and is able to draft and add/drop relatively effectively as a result. His main strategy is to get people on the phone and to make them do things that are not in their interest. People are quick to pin the “cheater” tag on this owner because they do not understand how he benefits from so many one-sided trades. What they fail to realize is that he is a first class talker/negotiator and uses his skills to the fullest.

6. James Dean- This owner has a great time playing fantasy sports and does whatever he wants. If every respected fantasy site projected player x to have a terrible season, this owner would find a reason to put that player on every one of his teams. He embraces risk and is always willing to make a big trade. He is also always looking to talk trash and get under people’s skin. James Dean is an asset to a fantasy league because of his activeness and willingness to make moves. His downside is his reckless style of operation, which sometimes leads to bad fantasy decisions.

7. The Fantasy Guru- The guru takes pride in the amount of quality information that he uses to his advantage. He drafts well and is a first class add/dropper. He embraces risk and is always looking to make trades. His philosophy is that the more trades he makes the better; because in the end his fantasy ability will allow him to get the better of most trades. His weakness is his honesty and generosity. He is always willing to provide honest answers to his fellow owners and to trade fairly. The results are that sometimes he cannot make trades with other unscrupulous owners and the other obvious result is that the information he so freely provides, does not serve his interests well. His other drawback is his ego. Sometimes the guru makes moves just to create a stir and to let people know that he is unfazed by conventional wisdom or the general consensus of fantasy sites. Such boldness sometimes results in bad fantasy actions.


Comments....

Dave is Milledge still going 30-30?
Posted by kevinccp at 4/22/2008 6:21:00 PM
 
Milledge is a champ, Only if he slumps for an entire month willl he only go 30/30.
Posted by djm1144 at 4/22/2008 7:26:00 PM
 
Yes and the Jets are winning the Super Bowl....wow ur disillusioned.
Posted by kevinccp at 4/22/2008 7:30:00 PM
 
Never said anything about a super bowl- But they will win the division- Saturday's draft will be the icing on a perfect cake of offseason activity.
Posted by djm1144 at 4/22/2008 7:37:00 PM
 
OK so let me get this straight-Milledge is going 30-30, and the Jets are winning the AFC East. When neither happens what will you do, I'd bet both don't happen, just wondering what your thoughts on that are?
Posted by kevinccp at 4/22/2008 8:00:00 PM
 
Well, so far, the Jets still have Chad Pennington and Milledge has one homer and two steals in 77 at-bats. Not looking good.

I also wasn't aware that Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick died in a plane crash.
Posted by vtadave at 4/22/2008 9:55:00 PM
 

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