It's impossible to get "the scoop" first in your league, but there are still advantages...


Last week, I wrote about how the scoop is dead. You should go back and read that column if you have not yet. I ended it by assuring you there were still some advantages available which I would tell you about this week.  What I liked about that is it gave me a week to try desperately to think up some advantages. Here is the best I could come up with.


Advantage #1 – Wisdom


Wisdom is the ability to make the proper use of information. When everyone knows the same stuff, the advantages goes to the people who know what to do with it. For many, the biblical book of Proverbs is the standard for wisdom. Much of Proverbs is pretty agreeable stuff. If you read it you’d find yourself grudgingly admiring the writers for their insight into how life works.


Here’s a sample.


Proverbs 1:24-26 
Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. People curse those who hoard their grain, but they bless the one who sells it in time of need. 


This proverb points out a counterintuitive principle that might help you win your pool. Wisdom understands long-term prosperity doesn't come from consistently trying to get the best of people and hoarding your resources. Rather, prosperity comes through generosity and the trusting relationships that result.


Maybe there is something to be said for “losing” a couple trades to plant seeds you want to harvest later? Maybe that’s a false sense of security you have because you have four solid starters in net. You might be better off to help out the poor dude who has back-ups and call-ups trusting the good will you created will make him willing to help you in your time of need.


Here are a couple more.


Proverbs 19:11

A man’s wisdom gives him patience, he gains respect by overlooking an offense.

Proverbs 16:32

It is better to be a patient man, than a mighty warrior, better to be someone who controls his temper than one who conquers a city.


Wisdom is patient. Information overload can lead to being unwisely impulsive as we seek an advantage. The wise person understands the value of waiting. Unless you are holding onto Philadelphia Flyers, then see below.


Advantage #2 - Integrity

Wisdom is the first advantage, integrity the second. In his book "Integrity", Henry Cloud defines the word as "the courage to meet the demands of reality." It's an interesting way to put it. Most people think of integrity as being the same person in private as you appear to be in public. Cloud's redefinition includes that but takes us farther. The person of integrity is able to face the reality of their mistakes, their harsh words, the seven assists of Claude Giroux, and meet that reality head on adapting their behavior to meet the demands of reality. 


For the fantasy hockey player, integrity means being able to really face the reality of what is happening on your fantasy team. What reality is staring you in the face? Maybe you need to face that it's going to require more than optimism to turn your season around. Maybe you need to face the reality that your pet player is having a terrible year. Maybe, if you are Claude Noel, it's time to face the reality that having Dustin Byfuglien on the point shooting eyeball level bombs eight feet wide of the net isn't your best power play option; put that big man in front of the net. Maybe, if you are the Puck Pastor, its time to face the reality that the this article is getting awfully long and you should wind it down.


Yes, it is a little ironic to talk about the "ability to handle reality" in the context of "fantasy" hockey. In fact, I unapologetically use fantasy hockey as a stress relieving escape from reality. But there is nothing in life we do, which is neutral when it comes to personal formation, even our leisure activities contribute to who we eventually become in life. So maybe bringing a little wisdom and integrity into your fantasy world will help you bring them into your real life world as well. 


Grace and Peace.


Recently, from the Puck Pastor:


The Scoop is Dead Part 1 
Making Wise Decisions 
Thoughts on my fantasy hockey draft 
Capitalize on Chaos 


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austeane said:

Losing Trades That is something I think I must get better at. This is quite the article, in that it made me look at my strategy as a GM.
I definitely have gotten that reputation as someone who has won every trade. This is a league with some really good GMs, and they are sometimes landslides for me. I once traded Roy and another medium asset for Voracek Lack and Hodgson.

I've never made a trade that I didn't like, and my trades have gone down from 14 (one away from first in the league) to 7 to 0 or 1 this year. I think that might have something to do with it.

For me, letting someone else win on purpose stunk a little of collusion. "Hey bud, you are hurting in net, lemme just send you this guy for almost nothing". If that is standard practice in leagues, I might have to start thinking about it myself.
November 11, 2013
Votes: +2

dmk said:

... Your point about the scoop being dead is a great one. There was a time only a few years ago that it took some work to get the latest news; now it takes work to avoid hearing it over and over. Everybody knows everything and the information is getting more and more sophisticated. How to succeed in that environment is clearly an area to mine over time. Your thoughts about how to do that might be a creative stretch and a little overly focused on on your area of expertise but it is one that is worth pursuing.
November 11, 2013
Votes: +0

Chico Resch said:

Chico Resch
Relax Dude. Shingy, take a breather.

PP is just having some fun. It's better than any rambling you or I have done. He's trying to help and make DH better. No need to tear it down.
November 11, 2013
Votes: +3

leaftodd said:

ok i'll get on this. Losing trades is incredibly important in fantasy hockey. If you're considered a better trader or looked at as always winning your deals your gm's will be less and less inclined to deal with you as they're pretty sure they will always lose. This is most noticeable in long lived pools with the same managers year in and year out.

I'm in a 20 year keeper where i've won 3 of the last 4 years and overall 9 titles. I have to constantly strive to not win trades. It's important. When i was winning consistently i found my trade discussions dwindling each and every year. In a long term keeper pool like that you won't win without trades. So giving the other gm's the thought that they can win or break even from you is just really important.
November 11, 2013
Votes: +2

mojavedesert said:

using wisdom Actually Shingy, Weselake is correct about the 'wisdom' aspect and it can be used to tremendous advantage. After the 2009/10 season all the GMs in my keeper league thought Rask had stolen the Bruins goaltending position for good. I had Thomas on my roster, and knowing that he played through a hip injury all season, I did not drop him, much to the surprise of some of the other GMs. So what happened? Thomas regained the starting goaltender job and won his second Vezina and was a major contributor to my second place finish that season (first place had a ridiculously strong team and it was impossible to catch him).
With apologies to Weselake, I have to admit that I am not religious but maybe you can offer advice on how to fit Proverbs 5:19 into fantasy hockey.
November 11, 2013
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Saskpool said:

... Interesting advice ... I am not sure about the idea of "losing trades", but I do agree with the idea of not being stingy ... Assets are to be used, if you have four starters and can only lay two, moving one to upgrade elsewhere makes sense to me
November 11, 2013
Votes: +1

shingy said:

Filthey Fantsy Hockey
Sorry, I just expected your work to actually help my fantasy aspirations, even just a little. Instead, I feel sick to my stomach and in need of a second shower for today.
November 11, 2013
Votes: -2
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