To win in daily fantasy we need to constantly work on our managerial skills. A couple of weeks ago, we discussed evaluating our teams after each week in order to help improve our decision making in subsequent weeks. We are going with a similar theme this week. What we want to do now, is look at our teams this season, and see what we are good at and what we are bad at. We have two goals in this process: building teams around strength – and avoiding weaknesses – plus identifying weaknesses so that we can work on improving that aspect of our managerial skills. Perhaps that seems a little vague, so let’s use some examples to make what I am writing about more comprehendible.
If you have been doing a post-mortem on your teams each week, you should be noticing some trends by now. There are going to be some things you are good at, as an example, we will say you are good at finding an inexpensive running back who will produce each week. There will also be some things you are not so good at, let’s say you do not have any luck with inexpensive tight ends. Short-term, you will want to avoid taking inexpensive tight ends. Use the money you can save at running back to spend extra on tight end; finding a cheap tight end would be nice, but you have struck out with that two weeks already, so you are better off just spending the money for a quality tight end. That does not mean that you give up permanently on cheap tight ends however.
While you avoid the cheap tight ends in the short-term, you also work on figuring out why you struggle identifying good, cheap tight ends. Are you ignoring match ups when selecting your TE? Are you only looking at the match up and ignoring the talent level of the tight ends you choose? Are you ignoring the talent level of the tight end’s starting quarterback? Perhaps it is a combination of those factors? After you – hopefully – identify why you struggle, you should write down which affordable tight end you would buy each week and see how those tight ends do. If you hit on them for a couple of weeks then you can consider taking the chance on an affordable tight end in the future.
Working on our weaknesses is only part of becoming a better manager. We also need to take stock of our strengths and determine why we are good at that aspect of daily fantasy. We know we are good at finding productive, cheap running backs, the question is why. Do we target backs who catch a lot of passes? Are we taking backups for hurting starters? Are we going with back up running backs in games that will likely be blow outs? Once we have determined why we are good at selecting cheap backs, we need to remember that when selecting backs in the future. More importantly, we need to try and determine how to transfer that ability to other positions. It is unlikely that the exact process you use for finding inexpensive running backs will be totally applicable to other positions, but there will be some aspects of the process that will work to help us improve our roster building in general.
Winning our daily fantasy leagues takes work. Even if we win one week, we cannot take it easy. Every week owners are getting better, refining their skills, learning from past mistakes. To keep – or start winning – we need to constantly improve our managerial skills. A big part of that improvement has to be using our strengths, avoiding our weaknesses while at the same time, improving on our weaknesses and learning from our strengths. Our goal is to have no weaknesses. We want to be able to save money at any position when there is value to be had. Until we are comfortable with every aspect of our managerial skills, we need to know what we are good at, what we are bad at, and build our teams around those strengths and weaknesses.