The Great American GPP

As a second year DFS, MLB-only player, and a professional writer (or maybe a semi-professional writer and semi-professional gambler) I’ve spent a few days trying to decide what my first roto-blog should be about. I had the usual blend of motivation from pretending that people out there actually care about the choices you make when writing, and that special anxiety that comes from knowing that the choices you make actually do matter—from the words and phrases you select, to the length of your sentences, to the bad jokes you spend way too much time turning over in your head—-these choices, and more, make the difference between producing something that people actually enjoy reading and maybe find useful because of the information it contains, or from churning out something that people don’t recall a second after reading and find useful only for cleaning up after the new puppy.

Since I only play GPP, I figured I’d make my blog about my experiments with that mad beast of variance, and pick a first topic from my recent notes on tournaments I’ve played, or methods I’ve studied; maybe about my recent success (or lack of), or maybe my ideas on how to put yourself in a place to get luck to work in your favor (learned from poker), or other ideas I’ve imported from other forms of gambling I’ve beaten in the past, like poker or Daily Thoroughbred Handicapping…

Then I realized, the process of essay writing, of constructing a text out of a series of small, often subjective choices, which you can’t truly evaluate until after the entire essay is complete and you start getting objective feedback from the real world of readers, is very much like the process of Lineup construction which is the foundation of DFS GPP play.

Yes, you must know how to produce research, and how to use it, to know which stats are important and which are simply bells and whistles; yes you must have a model or a method of predicting performance and measuring player value against player cost, but none of that data matters unless you can put it into lineups, but not just any lineup, or not even the lineup which might generate the highest score; you need to put your data into a lineup which gives you the greatest chance of winning the particular tournament.

I could have the fanciest vocabulary in the world ( I don’t) and the greatest sense of humor this side of Artie Lang (don’t hold your breath), but it wouldn’t matter if I didn’t have any idea how to put all the elements together into a text.

So I hope this blog will serve as a way to examine MLB GPP play from many different angles, from the world of smart gambling to the world of smart writing, with many other strange new worlds in between. In the next post, I hope to look at the different parts of an essay, and their purposes, and see if they have anything to teach us about the parts, and purposes, of an MLB GPP lineup. Could a writer have anything to teach us about fantasy baseball?

Thanks for reading!

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