(*) FANALYTICS: Prime time to capitalize
Woody Allen once said, "80% of success is just showing up." You might say the same thing about winning at fantasy baseball.
This is not an easy game to play. Not only do you have to show up, but you have to show up for six months. By this point in the season, showing up has become more of a chore, especially if it looks like you are out of the race.
But looks can be deceiving. And the summer months bring a ton of new distractions. Vacations. Football training camps. Vacations.
But these should not be considered distractions. These all should be considered opportunities. For those owners who are still showing up regularly, this can become the prime time to capitalize.
Point 1: Earlier this week, on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio, a listener called in and complained that talk had shifted significantly to football. DJ Adam Ronis explained that July 15 is the date when most fantasy leaguers start shifting their attention to football. Sirius/XM decided to accommodate by moving to a 50/50 split of baseball and football content.
This is good news for you. In all likelihood, several of the other owners in your fantasy baseball league are probably turning their attention to football. The more they are distracted by the shiny new NFL season ahead of them, the less likely they are going to be fully in tune with what's going on in baseball.
Your best tactic right now would be to feed this. Talk football with them. All the time. Fill their heads with all the wide receivers that will get overdrafted this year. Debate the pros and cons of selecting Michael Vick in the first round. "Oh, and by the way, would you trade me Casey Janssen for Mike Carp? Minor deal; I just need another pitcher and Sergio Santos is coming back in a few weeks any way."
(He's not, but that was a tidbit that might have been lost in this week's football ramp-up.)
Point 2: I'm not a proponent of taking advantage of people when they're on vacation, but heck, people do go on vacation this time of year. And fantasy baseball never stops. "I'm sorry if you were on the beach during the transaction deadline and missed out on FAABing Ben Sheets. No, we are not going to change the rules to accommodate your tan."
Perhaps the most important point of all this is, if you're 20 points out, you're probably still in it. Frankly, any owner who is less than 30 points out and bags the season is just more good news for you. I have seen teams close 40 point gaps this late. Heck, I was 45 points out at the All Star Break during the season in which the book Fantasyland was written. I ended up in second place, just 8 points out.
So we can't stop showing up. We need to maintain focus on the goal while others are distracted. This is potentially a prime time to capitalize. A prime time to make a move in the standings. Now.