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Even if you’re still relatively new to the fantasy league world, you’ve still probably encountered a wide variety of personalities. Over time, you’ll notice most players fall into one of several personality categories, which helps you figure out how they’ll play. They may not start out the league in their category, but by the end they’re firmly set into their personality.
Check out the five personality types below and see if any ring a bell. There are plenty more, but these are five of the strangest. If you can’t think of anyone who fits into one of these, watch out, it may be you!
1. The Mediator
A fantasy league is always full of heated disputes. If you aren’t discussing whether a hot new rookie can hang on to his beginner’s luck or arguing the finer points of the rules, you can count on tempers flaring.
What can you also count on? A sincere “Guys, let’s just calm down and talk about this rationally” from The Mediator. He’s the guy who’s always in the middle of arguments, trying to get everyone to be friends again. He just can’t stand an argument and may even go as far as giving up a pick to placate the angry masses.
2. The Sleepless
Usually stumbling in late (or really early wired on caffeine), The Sleepless is someone who has the worst trouble making a decision. As a result, they never sleep, as they’re too busy thinking about what they may have done wrong.
These guys are often sometimes random and unpredictable due to their sleep deprived brains going haywire. They can be a blast to have around as they provide an air of chaos to the league. However, you can’t help but worry about the guy!
3. The Shark
This “newbie” often repeats “Ha ha, guys, I have no idea what I’m doing!” Oh, but they do. And you find out midway through the season they had more of a grasp of the game then you originally thought. Suddenly, everyone else in the league bands together to try and figure out what to do about this one player who somehow snuck his way into the top. Keep a close eye out for sharks and never underestimate anyone who walks through the door!
4. The Commenter
The Commenter often thinks they are contributing to a conversation, but what they’re actually doing is sarcastically sniping everything players do. It can come in the form of a “Let me tell you how I would’ve done that” or just a not-so-quiet snicker to the side.
To The Commenter, everything his fellow players do is hilarious. And wrong. However, they spend so much time worrying what everyone else is doing that they don’t’ spend enough energy on their own game.
5. The Wild Card
What’s this guy’s deal? Does he know how to play, or is he a misunderstood genius? One minute he’s going after some of the biggest players on the block, and the next he’s trading out for 14 unproven rookies.
Wild Cards can be especially dangerous as they can disrupt the entire flow of your game. You spend more time trying to figure out what they’re up to than keeping up with your stats. I would say they’re as dangerous as The Shark when it comes to pulling up the #1 spot out of nowhere, so watch out!