Frozen Fantasy: Change Things Up
Frozen Fantasy: Change Things Up

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

The best way to learn is to challenge your own assumptions. And approaches. It works in life and it's excellent in fantasy. I do it every year.

You should, too.

It's easy to get caught in our own beliefs. 'I need a stud goalie.' 'I can't win without two stud defenders.' 'I'll never own a Bruin [or other hated team] or that jerk what's his name. EVER!'

We all get caught up in ourselves at times. It's important to step back and change things up. I do it to test myself. Maybe it's my science background. Or maybe I'm just a masochist when it comes to fantasy hockey.

Aren't we all, just a little?

This year, I changed my approach in three different leagues. I changed my draft approach for prospects in my home keeper league's junior draft. It's too early to know if it worked. Ask me in a couple years.

In a start-up league, I drafted my team AND a buddy's, with almost no input from my friend. That's trust. I overweighted goaltending for my team, but his team got one point from the postseason. I didn't, so I sure learned from that.

Lastly and most dramatically, I took on a co-owner for the Rotowire staff league. The great Darryl Houston Smith (@dhoustonsmith). I've never co-owned a team and wanted a challenge – getting to consensus is tough in anything. It could be suicide in fantasy.

But I loved it.

Darryl managed the auction. I gave input, but

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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