With all due respect to Lou Gehrig, I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the face of the earth. I’ve spent the last decade writing about fantasy football for a living. No matter what’s going on, I try to take a step back and think for a minute each day about how amazing that is.
While doing this, I encounter all kinds of people. A few of them get very angry when I am wrong about a projection. Some people choose to turn elsewhere for advice and news. But the vast, vast majority of people “get it.” They understand that we are not looking to manage people’s teams or give them lineups. The goal is to share relevant information that helps owners make their own decisions confidently. Most people understand that predicting the future is #hard and all of us in the fantasy writing game are going to be wrong a lot of the time.
But that’s the whole point of this fantasy thing. There is no preconceived answer to the test and there’s nothing that makes me any different than anyone else putting time into it. It’s legitimately fun to build lineups, compete against other people doing the same thing and see who did it better. I post H2Hs at all price points so people can take me on. A ton of people who follow me on Twitter or listen to the podcast have done just that, tweeting at me as our teams go against each other. It’s not a blood match for our bankrolls – it’s fun.
During the explosion of DFS, I’ve realized there are millions of people out there just like me. People that like to think critically about sports, not just watch which laundry wins the game. People that have zero desire to compete in mindless games like slots, the lottery or blackjack. People that love to play fantasy sports and choose to spend their hard-earned money on doing just that. People that have been making Christine Michael jokes to each other for three years. Meeting all these people, from “industry” folks to readers to peers has been eye-opening.
The best part of the job is when someone tells me they won their league, or a tournament or a 50/50 thanks to my advice. After that, I ask for my tip (kidding). The DFS community is mostly made up of good people trying to have fun – no matter what a vocal minority would have you believe.