Hey, look at me! I'm in first place in the expert league! Only a couple of days into the season and I'm already dominating. I'm so awesome.
Okay, okay... I am actually in first place in the FSIC AL-Only Expert League, and since that may be the only time I'll ever be able to say it I thought I'd throw it out there. But that fact got me thinking, and there are some related phenomena that I would like to briefly discuss with you.
The baseball season is long. Really long. Unless you are in first place at the end of the year, it doesn't mean anything. Less than not anything.
We can get excited when we are at the top early on and we can get dejected if we are near the bottom early on. But listen, it doesn't mean anything. The great managers in fantasy baseball play the game whistle-to-whistle without stopping. It's not a complex thought, but it is an important one.
If you are in first place early on, be like the 1984 Tigers and go wire-to-wire. If you find yourself in a hole early on, plan to stage one of the great comebacks in league history.
Quick story for you. Two years ago I was in second place in my friends league with one day to go. I didn't stop playing with one day to go, but this story illustrates a point. I managed to fall from 2nd to 5th on the last day of the year. Crazy. The guy in 3rd place fell to 4th. Number 4 and 5 jumped up into the money on the very last day of the year, so the point here is that those guys never quit. And I love them for it.
If you ever think there isn't enough time in a roto season to make up ground, you're just wrong. There's always time. Run through the tape.