The Long Game: Just a Little Patience
The Long Game: Just a Little Patience

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.

Patience.

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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