I think we've talked about this before and I've come to the conclusion that your actual outcomes have little to do with how much you know...plenty of factors are involved with your outcomes but don't really mean anything in regards to how much you actually know.
- Did you play in a crap public league, a crap league with friends, a cafe league, an experts league, an NFBC league...someone who's won 5-10% of their leagues but have done it when only playing 1 or 2 leagues(though still placing in top half when not winning) a year and in NFBC leagues or cafe leagues is a lot more impressive than someone that wins 50% of their public leagues while playing 10 leagues a year.
- How lucky or unlucky did you get each year...luck plays a bigger role than a lot of people want to admit.
- Some seasons you are more busy than others which hurts your in game management...in game management plays a very large role in fantasy baseball. You could draft a great team, spent many many hours in preseason prep and know a ton, but if things come up and you just don't spend the amount of time you should "in season" then your final outcome will suffer because of it. (I tend to fall into this category, especially the last couple years. Me losing interest or losing the time to commit during the year and consequently not finishing as high as I'd like doesn't mean I'm any less knowledgable, just means I don't care as much as I used to.
...and there are other reasons.
I can tell how good someone is at fantasy baseball problem more just by listening to them talk here at the cafe, in person or whatever than if they just told me they won 2 leagues last year. A good example of all of this is watching the outcomes of the cafe leagues, it's a complete crapshoot each year who is going to win, when all the owners are knowledgeable, luck plays a much bigger role in the outcomes and in these cafe leagues you rarely see the same people at the top of the leaderboards year in and year out. I think I'd be more impressed with the person who has placed top 3-5 in 90% of their cafe leagues but never won one over the player that's won 40% of their public leagues.
I'm off my soapbox now...
First year was 1998
Just off the top of my head my favorite win was probably the Cafeholics Masters league a couple years ago. I also liked winning the H2H regular season 2 years in a row in a $50 "mostly" cafe league...though losing in the playoffs both of those years. Also made it to the H2H WS Finals(Wrveres's creation) but didn't finish great that year.
Favorite leagues are 14-16 teams with MI/CI/5OF setup, and enjoy both H2H and ROTO...pretty much any league I play these last couple years and going forward will be Cafe leagues or the equivalent.
Because of the whole losing interest/burn out I'm only playing 1 league this year and it's the $50 Cafe League.