Even my daily fantasy strategy is prone to emotions when a player lets me down.
Before we dive into this week’s article I would first like to give a big thank you to those who served this great country and paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. Without your sacrifice none of the things we all enjoy doing would be possible.
Memorial Day is not only a time to remember our troops, but for me it is also when summer activities get going. I started out this past week by playing golf on Thursday. It was supposed to be the opening day of our men’s league, but the pesky weather that has been tormenting me in daily fantasy is now tormenting my golf game.
I continued the summer festivities on Saturday with a BBQ at my house. I showed my rustiness on the grill when the first round of burgers were a bit undercooked and had to go back on. I always feel less like a man when I don’t get the meat quite right. After the BBQ we headed to a concert to see the Charlie Daniels band. It was quite the country throwback experience with Black Hawk and Outlaws opening. In case you were curious I did get the tickets for free and the beer was flowing like wine.
In the daily fantasy world I had a pretty boring week. My teams performed ok for the most part but I had a few disappointments that could have made a huge difference. The biggest of them happened Monday night with Yordano Ventura. I had stacked the Toronto vs Tampa game and my bats were killing it. Kansas City played one of the later games so I got to see how pretty much all of my hitters did prior to that game starting. Yordano had a dream matchup against Houston who is one of the worst teams against right handed pitching, along with sporting one of the highest K rates. How could anything go wrong? It started out with two earned runs in the first and just got worse from there. The team ended up pulling him in the third citing elbow soreness. I am not entirely convinced that the poor showing was all due to an injury, and I think Yordano is now on the “dead to me” list.
This got me thinking about how much we as daily fantasy players let our personal bias influence the decision making process when it comes to daily fantasy strategy. I am sure this varies greatly depending on who you are talking to and who laid an egg on them that day. In a perfect world we would be able to just erase that bad memory and move forward completely unbiased with our daily fantasy strategy. The problem is it is just so hard to forgive and forget. I just hate rostering certain guys even when I know they are a good play. Yordano is only going to miss one start so I am sure I will have a chance to test myself with him again by the end of the season.