Don’t Be That Guy – The Importance of Handcuffs

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For the entire season, the #1 scoring team in my fantasy league has ridden their ‘Four Horseman’ – Manning, AP, D. Thomas and Gronk – to the best record and round one bye. And, a lot of good it did them, when All-Day and Gronk went down with injuries during their bye week. To make matters worse, this guy did not have Peterson’s backup (although, Gerhart didn’t play either, but I digress), or, even worse, any back up Tight End at all! Predictably, the rest of the league promptly went out and land-grabbed every available TE and RB they could, and the #1 Seed was easily bounced out of the playoffs this week. I think this is an abject lesson in what I mentioned before, you have to back up your best players with the best player possible. “Always handcuff your studs” is a basic premise of fantasy sports, but, time-and-again, I see folks wander-off-the-reservation, leaving their team, and their entire season, more vulnerable than they should. Don’t be that guy.

Mike Knotts

Mike Knotts was born in 1968 in a small town in southern Indiana. Even when very young, Mike showed a love for all-things technical and sci-fi. Moving with his family to California in the early 80’s, he eventually graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. Rather than put that to good use, Mike continued to pursue his passion for technology by working for early, regional ISP’s in the mid 1990’s. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he works as a project manager for an Internet startup. Mike is a co-founder of Geekometry.

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