At some point between playing for the grand prize of a Nintendo Entertainment System some 20 years ago to writing a 40 page fantasy constitution of just recent…the world of fantasy had become more than just fun or sport…it became a mission to succeed and a strive for excellence.
So the question is, “Can average guys with experience qualify as being experts?” Maybe not, but those who read articles from any site or paper know that just because you’re a sports writer, it doesn’t necessarily qualify you either.
I would classify an expert as someone who has experience and knowledge that you can trust. And although you really can’t trust someone until they have earned your respect, you can continue to read this little blog if it sparks your interest.
Any fantasy website will boast about winning X amount of championships. That’s all good and winning obviously counts, but if you participate in twenty leagues a year, then you’re probably going to win one or two as long as you have a grasp of your surroundings and keep following it. Sure enough, these ‘experts’ then go off boasting about how they picked up ‘this guy’ or won ‘that championship’. But rather than dispersing focus into a quantity of leagues, I choose to concentrate on quality and participate in just one. Most of the owners in the league I am about to mention do the same.
The fantasy baseball league I am in is called Braggn’ Rights Baseball (BRB) and it’s just that. With almost all of the owners having roughly the same amount of experience as myself, the winner is most definitely allowed to talk the talk once the trophy (and check) is in hand. It’s a 13 team 5x5 roto league with a 27 man roster and a rock solid set of rules. In addition, there are 4 additional emergency roster spots for disabled list players and it's a 4 player keeper league.
All of us are thankful to be part of a league where we all have the same amount of experience, dedicated level of competition, and stability. Because of this, and with most of us knowing each other for so long, we also all share the fierce sense of rivalry that makes our league what it is today.
I consider Braggn’ Rights Baseball the definition of a deeper league and one of the foundations for this blog. On a daily basis, owners of BRB dive deep into the fantasy abyss called waivers and usually come up with something that they might use to stash, spot start, or even end up as a full time starter on their roster.
I’ll be there to report it.
So once again, “Can average guys with experience qualify as being experts?” That’s for you to decide.
I’ll blog every few days to inform on what intriguing waiver claims are being pulled out of the BRB abyss. If anything, my intention is to give you an additional edge in deeper leagues by relaying what is going on in ours. And at the very minimum, it will reassure you on who you may have picked up or are thinking to grab.
Welcome and stay tuned.