This article is part of our The Long Game series.
There are any number of skills that go into being a successful fantasy GM, and an additional host of skills that come with being a successful keeper or dynasty GM. Talent evaluation, understanding concepts like opportunity costs and sunk costs, and being a good negotiator are all fairly universal tools used by champs across all leagues, but one of the most important traits you can posses – in keeper/dynasty leagues especially – is a simple one.
Early on, it's far too easy to get swept up in the excitement of a new season and overreact to every little thing. Baseball's back, baby! Ozzie Albies (who literally homered again as I was writing this) is the new Jose Altuve! Jakob Junis is the new Greg Maddux! OMG! We're only two weeks into a 26-week grind, though – that's under eight percent, if you don't want to do the math – and trends that seem to be developing, on micro and macro levels, will often end up simply being blips that are forgotten by the All-Star break.
However, there's another trait most fantasy champions also possess, and that's aggression. To win a title, you have to know how and when to be aggressive – when to jump on a seeming breakout with a big FAAB bid, when to keep pursuing a possible trade – in order to put a solid roster over the top.
This early in the season, how do you balance those two factors? How do you know