*Reflection of the Narcissist* by @xBenJamminx
“He was the son of the river god Cephissus and nymph Liriope. He was proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. Nemesis noticed this behavior and attracted Narcissus to a pool, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Narcissus lost his will in living. He stared at his reflection until he died out of thirst and hunger”
It’s time to put the ego aside guys. No one is perfect and no process is perfect, yet we still strive for perfection. The problem that Narcissus had, was not that he was so incredibly handsome, but the fact that he fell in love with his own reflection, and was stuck there forever. (DFS Relevance coming soon to a paragraph near you).
No matter how good your process is, there is always room for improvement. So how are we to learn from Narcissus? (First of all, if you’re lying on the ground in a forest staring at yourself in a lake thinking it’s a real person, you may want to lay off the hard stuff.) We need to look at the beauty in processes and preferences of other players, and use it to our advantage.
When I first started playing, I would join many of the pro’s head to head games at the low entry buy-ins for NFL on Fanduel Thursday nights. My thought process was that if I could see who these guys were using once lineups locked, I would be able to make a lineup on Sunday with many of those players and take everyone’s money, right guys?! NOPE. What I didn’t yet understand was that it wasn’t the individual players they were picking, but the construction of the lineups themselves in addition to the players and their matchups that were important, so I got to studying that, every night. I would look at all the top scores in double ups and tournaments and try to deconstruct their lineups and try to get in the mindset of WHY they chose who they did and HOW I could make those same decisions in the future. I learned quickly to not use the GPPs as an example really since there are so many lineup optimizers and multi entry tools out there, that it took some human element out of the construction process, so I stuck to doing this with cash games.
Not only was I trying to break down lineups from guys like McJester and Birdwings, I was just discovering Rotogrinders and their experts. I quickly learned to take everything with a grain of salt. (Me and my best friend CO used to literally just make lineups with everyone on BeerMakersFan’s 6 pack, not that he didn’t have valuable insight, that was just a stupid way to make lineups.) I read the articles, I watched the videos and I started to understand a lot of the game theory that is involved with DFS. There is a saying called the “wisdom of the crowd”. This is where you take all of the expert’s opinions and kind of lump them together to figure out more or less, an average of their player rankings. While this was very beneficial, just looking at their rankings didn’t help with my decision making, because I still wanted to know WHY a player was being chosen when they were. (I’m always asking WHY, I think that’s why I continue to always be growing mentally).
I have an ego, I think I’m the best at everything I do, and I make myself believe it. While I am not arrogant or boastful, I am supremely confident in what I do because I put a ton of time and effort into, everything I do. Plus I believe that your mindset is key to being successful, I truly believe in the Law of Attraction. The philosophy is the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, a person attracts positive or negative experiences into their life, so be positive! But I look past my ego to be able to learn, grow and benefit from the rest of the industry.
I’ve spoken about how I am very influenced by JMTOWIN, but I am also a huge fan of Jonathan Bales of Fantasy labs, he writes some incredible books and articles that are must reads.
We provide a results page with every cheat sheet we put out. I like to go back and check how players did who were projected or ranked well. I look to see who of the experts I listen to are most accurate. This is a very useful tool and I believe that one of the best ways to predict the future, is to analyze the past. This is where the reflection aspect of this concept begins. We are so focused on looking at projections and trying to predict the future that we don’t take enough time analyzing the past.
So don’t be stuck in your ways, learn from the crowd, learn from the past and stop being a Narcissist!
I hope this all helps you with your processes and lineup building the way it has helped me, because as we all know, *History repeats itself.*
About the Author:
Co Founder of DailyRotoSharks.com in 2014
Ben is a senior in college studying Computer Science as well as working full time. In his spare time he likes to research and study anything relating to DFS. He’s been playing DFS for 2 years and won some GPPs early on and has had good success since, being able to pay off all of his student loans and credit card debt. He’s been hooked ever since. Primarily a Cash Game player, Ben has also had great success winning multiple GPPs.