Avoid these seven deadly sins at all costs in order to greatly improve the probability of success in your fantasy pool.
Sloth or Apathy
We’re all busy and it’s far too easy to be lazy when you are preparing for your draft. If you only rely on published lists (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), then you are leaving your fate to a list that may not accurately reflect the scoring system used in your pool. Using published lists should be used in conjunction with your own assessment of each player and their situation. Don’t be lazy, do your homework!
Pay attention to early season trends and try to identify whether or not to make a free agent pick up or trade if your league allows. Players like Paul Stastny (two years ago) and Mike Green (last year) were likely taken in many keeper leagues with a simple free agent pick up or waiver wire selection.
Winning a hockey pool requires more than just showing up on draft day. You need to follow up your draft by being aware of who’s performing up to expectations and who is not. Should you trade or drop a player who is off to a slow start or should you be patient?
Making good early season decisions could be the difference between winning your pool and finishing second.
A strong desire to win your hockey pool can lead you to do some things that in hindsight, you are not very proud of. Trading a veteran after a slow start for the flavor of the week or shady dealings with a buddy in order to help you win the pool are examples of desperate dealings.
Resist the temptation to give in to these desires, especially if they make you look bad to the rest of your pool. The stink of desperation will betray you and be remembered by fellow poolies more often than you want to believe.
Avoid over-indulgences. If you have too many good players at a certain position and you just can’t use them all, then maybe it would be a fine time to make a goodwill gesture and swing a deal with one of the teams at the bottom of the standings. That will also pave the way for future dealings with that owner.
Another take is that you should limit the number of fantasy pools you are in. Too much of a good thing can split your attention and mean an unhappy ending for all your teams.
Greed or Avarice
Never get greedy in trade discussions. If you fleece someone in your pool, others will take notice. When you do this, you are effectively telling all the other owners in your pool that you are a ruthless shark and will eat them alive with no regard for their needs.