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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 31: The Philosophy of Fantasy Football

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Today’s excerpt comes via my new book Fantasy Football for Smart People: Lessons from RotoAcademy (Voume 2.0).


I majored in philosophy (and fantasy football) in college because I wanted the challenge of no one taking me seriously once I graduated, while also maintaining the smallest possible probability of getting a job. I succeeded magnificently on both accounts. And now here I am writing this for you, illegally copying Google images into my work, and playing fantasy sports on a semi-pro level. Thanks philosophy.

To me, philosophy is the most beneficial of all majors—one that will make you more capable in just about every aspect of your life—and it accomplishes that by focusing on the most random of shit. While philosophy deals with a lot of “big picture” stuff, it also becomes quite specific at times. But pretty much all of philosophy—especially the metaphysics and epistemology in which I had the most interest—is considered impractical and of little importance.

Like the process of creating fantasy football projections, philosophy’s benefits are indirect, but significant. In both areas, we’re in effect worried more about how to learn than what to learn. Both philosophy and fantasy football projections are kind of like practice—a deliberate attempt to sharpen your mind; the impractical—the “little” stuff—ironically becomes the most useful of all tools.

The take home point: worry less about acquiring the “right” information and more about perfecting the process of obtaining that information so you can ultimately make more accurate predictions. Don’t concern yourself with what others tell you is “practical” and instead focus on what’s going to make you the best long-term fantasy owner. The big picture is important, but the path to it is often indirect.

Read more of my new book Fantasy Football for Smart People: Lessons from RotoAcademy (Voume 2.0).

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