I spend countless hours on end doing research, crunching #'s...breaking down split stats, and reading various message boards, trying to field the most competitive team. But how far does that get you? is this game really a skilled based game? or is the better % of your success just a matter of luck?
a good way to judge this is...how many people win there league on a regular basis? is there team if not #1 always competing for the top spot? or is it different guys winning every season? or does some random guy just come in...draft his team using the obsurd yahoo rankings, only making slight changes due to injuries...and pretty much leaving his same team intact throughout the season......have as fair a shot to win, as the guy who sits in a dark basement crunching #'s all night? im sure the # cruncher will have the advantage, but by how much??
what is the talent disparity like? say a guy like me who spends 30hrs of fantasy research a week....how much does that research give me an advantage over my opposition (does my odds for winning go in my favor dramatically..because im an addict who sleeps/eats/drinks fantasy baseball...or is it just slightly in my favor to win, since i have a better overral heads up on whats going on in the league..?
im sure you guys get what im trying to ask, even tho i do a shitty job at asking it.
i'd like some input from all the different members, newbies/vets....with there opinion on this.
a good example is: last year i joined a fantasy basketball league, i used the ESPN ratings on the draft software without any research, by drafting the guy with the highest rating when it got to me. I wasn't much of a basketball fan in general, so i didn't care to spend the time researching....but i finished 2nd in my "expert" league. these guys all had like 150+ games on there ESPN fantasy resume's...with a list of various basketball leagues they've won in the past. but i was still able to finish in 2nd .. with very limited activity on my part.