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According to the Data: How to Fix Fantasy Football

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales is the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. In addition to RotoWire, Jonathan also provides content to the New York Times, Dallas Morning News,, and NBC.

Building the Perfect Fantasy Football League

I participate in too many fantasy leagues to mention without being horribly embarrassed, one of which is a league with some people work within the Dallas Cowboys organization (some writers, a Cowboys cheerleader, and a fan).

Now I'm not going to completely speculate on the quality of the owners in the league because some might be decent for all I know, but let me just say Tom Brady was drafted in the first round. So there's that.

You'd think I could just run over a league like that. But after missing the playoffs last year, I'm currently 2-5 and in second-to-last place. I've scored almost 50 points less than the cheerleader. I'm winning or in the top quarter of multiple high-stakes leagues, yet I can't crack the top half of a league in which Brady was a first-rounder and Jamaal Charles nearly slipped into the third.

You might argue I'm writing this because I'm bitter, and you'd be exactly ri

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