Frozen Fantasy: Bias is Real
Frozen Fantasy: Bias is Real

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Auston Matthews is an absolute stud. I'm a lifelong Leafs' fan. So, why am I having such a hard time warming up to him?

Sorry, @am34. It's not you. It's me.

Bias is real. It influences us every day. Implicit bias is the worst. What's that? Unconscious attribution of qualities (good and bad) from one group to another, or one person to another.

It's the kind of stuff you don't know until you know. It's destructive and ugly in real life – race, gender, and sexuality. But this is about fantasy hockey. So, what application does it have here?

Saturday night, I realized I carry bias from my childhood and it's clouding my judgment. @am34 is the target.

And it already negatively influenced me in a fantasy trade.

About six weeks ago, I refused a deal that would have seen me net Mathews in a keeper deal. I am playing for next season and the one after that. The other guy wanted Nathan MacKinnon, who was producing at a higher rate at the time.

The guy thought I was crazy to turn down the deal. After Saturday night, I think I might have been.

As a kid, I loved Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers. I hated the Islanders and Penguins. Why? An irrational hatred of Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux. Great players, but they seriously rubbed me the wrong way.

Saturday night, it all finally clicked. Auston reminds me of Mario Lemieux, one of the top-five NHLers of all

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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