Andrew McGiligan | Out of WriteField
Millions of people play fantasy sports every year. Despite these numbers, the same types of people end up being in your league at one time or another. Here’s a list of the types of folks you’ll come across in various leagues.
Explain the Trade Guy
What he does: Will send you a trade proposal along with a 1,000 word essay on why it makes sense for you to do it.
Why it’s irritating: No one wants to be told how to run their team, let alone be lectured by a guy who thinks he invented statistics and is the only one who knows how to use them.
Why he does it: Has to convince himself that the terrible, lopsided trade he proposed was actually a good one.
I Called It (a year too late) Guy
What he does: Constantly talked about how he predicted such and such a player was going to have a big year, well after the fact. Basically, anyone who says this season that they knew Mike Trout was going to have a monster season last year or knew Adrian Peterson was going to have the second greatest season by a running back in history after tearing his knee to shreds less than a year before.
Why it’s irritating: Nothing worse than someone shouting ‘I told you so’ when they said nothing at the time and then pretend to be some sort of sports Kreskin 12 months later.
Why he does it: For bragging rights, likes to pretend he’s right all the time, thinks no one has noticed he’s full of it.
Guy Who Changes Team Name Every Day
What he does: Changes the name of his fantasy team on a regular basis as a means of humour, insults, way to be topical, etc.
Why it’s annoying: No one cares about your team name, only the place in the standings it holds. Plus it take a few seconds every day to realize who it is, most times you think you’ve logged into the wrong league.
Why he does it: Possibly to prove he’s up on things or simply because he has too much time on his hands. All that time spent on thinking up team names would be better served scanning the waiver wire.
Guy Who Takes It Too Far
What he does: After watching far too many episodes of the FX comedy The League, decides to constantly bash and try to humiliate other members of his league and may even try his hand at rapping. He will often involve other players’ family and pets, which really shouldn’t happen. You can make fun of the fact I started Adam Lind for a period of time, but not my dog.
Why it’s annoying: The show is fictional, you and your buddies are not ‘exactly like that’ and if you haven’t know everyone in your league for years; you end up coming off as an idiot.
Why he does it: Thinks he’s mixing it up and keeping things fun, but is just an embarrassment.