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Sunday 25th Feb 2018

I need to start this treatise by stating that by nature, I am not a patient human being.

As a kid, I was certainly quick, and I suppose smart enough to be pushed ahead in school, but the whole process made me a little impatient and often sloppy.

So, much of my challenge as I have aged was learning to slow down. My friend Stan Cohen keeps imploring me to remember my "clicks": that each click is a beat of the heart and we are each allotted just so many clicks before we move on. Thus, we don't want to squander our clicks.

I do, in fact, credit my late son Joey with forcing me to slow down, for Joe had multiple birth anomalies, and was in diapers and a wheelchair for all of his 22 years on the planet, and well, I could only go as fast as he could. Meaning if we were ready to leave the house, and Joey needed something--like a diaper change--everything stopped and that took precedence.

As a result, I was forced much more into the moment than I could ever anticipate. And, around the time Joey arrived, I also started playing fantasy ball, and I like to think some of the lessons I got from my son with respect to patience then fell onto my strategy and game playing. I do try to be very patient the first month or so of the season, allowing the players on my baseball rosters to get into a groove, or be sent to the oblivion of the Minors, not transitively jettisoning anyone unless absolutely necessary. Because, the season is long and strange, and the guys who sucked the first month might well be really good in August.

So, when it is time to actually draft my football teams, I try to mostly get everything I think I will need over the course of the season, minus a slot here or there.

It isn't that I don't like to play the waiver wire, either, but I like to give my players a chance which means at least a month of play (just like baseball) so I can see things shake out. Either that, or I will impulsively drop Fozzy Whittaker on a Wednesday for Matt Asiata, and two days later Whittaker will tear his ACL as Jonathan Stewart returns to his starting spot, while Asiata is benched for Jerick McKinnon.

OK, maybe that is a bit melodramatic, but you know the drill. And, with just weekly games, football presents more sporadic stats than in baseball, and for me it gets hard to judge on Tuesday after a game exactly who in the waiver pool might be of help.

More to the point, I try to draft as comprehensively as I can: A pair of QBs, three-to-four each of Running Backs and Wide Receivers, and some combo of Tight Ends and Kickers, the best defensive matchup I can get at the bottom of the draft pool, and some rookie crapshoot somewhere. That usually gives me one roster slot I can shift around during bye weeks.

But, the bottom line is it takes a month to be sure that Willie Snead and Theo Riddick will even get to play and generate points regularly, so that means I just cannot feel right dropping them willy nilly. Or, so it seems.

What is tough is the same patience that was so difficult to attain, and which largely serves my tactical purpose in baseball, seems to be my bitter enemy in Fantasy Football.

But, again, the reality is on Tuesday morning, just as the orgy of weekend games have concluded, I am hardly ready to think in terms of who to replace or grab 144 hours out. 

Hell, I barely can figure out who to play at 9:30 in the morning on football Sunday.

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