I have a friend who has had a really bad couple of years in our fantasy football league… and yes it’s really a friend, NOT me. He swears that he was once considered one of the elite teams in the league, yet his combined record over the past three years is abysmal. His recent losing ways are well-known in the league, making him a punch line, even by his own admission.
So why do his claims of early success ring hollow amongst the ears of our fantasy football league? Because his success was during the first three years of the league’s existence, otherwise known as the Lost Years.
You see, we used two different league management systems (Yahoo and RT Sports) and didn’t record the history in either league. Starting Year 4, we began a new League Management System (LMS) and decided to keep track of win-loss records and draft results. While it does take a little bit of time, it is well worth it.
Four Reasons to Create a League Archive:
- Bragging Rights – everyone wants to be considered the best. It’s a main reason why people play fantasy sports.
- Avoid “Draft Day” Confusion – Keeper leagues are great… unless you don’t have an accurate record of who everyone drafted the previous year. Don’t rely on owners to keep up with their players picked and rounds that they were drafted. Their memory of the previous draft and season might become blurry (and that’s putting it nicely).
- Record Highs and Lows - There are some scores that need to be recorded in history. Days where everyone on a team just clicked and scored an enormous amount of points. These scores need to be highlighted… as well as the ridiculously low scores.
- Centralized Location – Most leagues will let you go back and look at previous years’ scores, but that takes too much digging. It’s much better to have one place where all of your records are stored. Even if your league management system does this already, you can still create a “backup” archive in case you ever switch to another LMS.
As to where to create the records, my recommendation would be anywhere in the “cloud” (we’ll talk more about integrating the cloud and fantasy sports in upcoming posts).
Suggestions for storage:
- Record the results in Microsoft Word, and save the document in Dropbox or Box.net
- Create the document in Google Documents
- Write the results in a note-taking system such as Evernote
If you haven’t already created some type of archive, do so ASAP. If you don’t, you might end up like my friend… with stories of success without anything to back them up.
Do you already have a separate league archive setup? If so, tell us about it and how you use it.