What is FSAA?
Fantasy Sports Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience and knowledge with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to win their fantasy leagues.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to win at any cost. There are no dues or fees for FSAA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. FSAA is not allied with Yahoo, Draftkings, ESPN, Fanduel or CBS; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay active, be competitive and help other fantasy sports addicts to achieve victory.
What is our mission?
“The FSAA program is simply sharing, working the Twelve Steps, managing our teams and practicing the principles of the program.”
Our complicated leagues can be made a lot less complicated if we concentrate on a few simple things-sharing our experience, strength, and knowledge with others, always checking our fantasy teams, and practicing the principles of the FSAA program daily in our leagues.
By sharing our experience, strength, and knowledge with other fantasy sports addicts, we provide a powerful example for newcomers to follow. The effort we put into helping others also helps keep self centeredness, the core of our disease, at bay.
Many of us pick one league, a “home league” which we play in faithfully. This regularity gives some routine to our teams, and lets others know where they can find us if they need us.
Practicing the Twelve Steps daily in our leagues makes the difference between a balanced victory and simply competing. The steps give us some much-needed guidance in managing our everyday lineups.
Yes, we are in complex leagues. But the FSAA program simplifies our teams, enabling us to manage a team free from inactive addiction. Our leagues can be filled with active and competitive managers when we play by the guidance of the simple principles of our program.
Just for today: I will remember that, while I am a complex manager, FSAA is the simplest way for me to make my team less complicated.
HOW FSAA WORKS
Rarely have we seen a manager fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who are not victorious are managers who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with their teams. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of drafting and managing in a manner of being competitive which demands rigorous activity. Their chances are less than average. There are those too who suffer from reaching too early and being a homer, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.
Our strategies disclose in a general way what our teams used to be like, what happened, and what they are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go any length to get it – then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, lazier way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be active and competitive from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold onto our old players and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. Remember that we deal with fantasy sports — strategies, statistics, and analytics! Without help it is too much for us. But there is a greater power– our Fantasy Gods. May you find them now! Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked their protection and care with complete abandon. Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program for victory:
The 12 Steps for FSAA
The following are the original twelve steps as published by Fantasy Sports Addicts Anonymous:
- We admitted we were powerless over fantasy sports—that our teams had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore our teams to glory.
- Made a decision to turn our teams and our lineups over to the care of The Fantasy Gods as we understand them.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of the free agent pool.
- Admitted to the Fantasy Gods, to ourselves and to other managers the exact nature of our shenanigans.
- Were entirely ready to have The Fantasy Gods remove all dead weight from our rosters.
- Humbly asked Them to remove our homer-isms.
- Made a list of all players we have been burned by, and became unwilling to draft them again.
- Made difficult roster moves with such players, especially when they were injured or underperforming.
- Continued to take statistical inventory of our rosters, and in any category we were lacking, promptly sought to improve it.
- Sought through research and analysis to improve our draft strategy, praying only for knowledge of breakout players or sleeper candidates and the power to draft them.
- Having had a managerial awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to Fantasy Sports Addicts and to practice these principles in all our leagues.
Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not experts, nor professionals. The point is that we are willing to grow along statistical lines. The principles we have set down are guides to victory. We claim statistical progress rather than statistical perfection.
The Twelve Traditions of FSAA
- Our league’s welfare should come first; personal victory depends upon the leagues integrity.
- For FSAA’s purpose there is an ultimate authority—our loving Fantasy Gods as they may express themselves in our leagues’ conscience. Our commissioners are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
- The only requirement for FSAA membership is a desire to stay active, be competitive and to try and win at any cost.
- Each league should be autonomous except in matters affecting other leagues or FSAA as a whole.
- Each league has but one primary purpose—to carry FSAA’s message to the fantasy addict who still struggles.
- FSAA will endorse, finance, or lend the FSAA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, but problems of money, property, and prestige will not divert us from our primary purpose.
- FSAA is fully self-supporting, but we won’t decline outside contributions.
- FSAA should remain forever non-professional; we are addicts, not experts or professionals.
- FSAA, as such, ought never to be organized; but we have created a forum for our members to help one another out.
- FSAA has no opinion on outside issues; we are only concerned about fantasy sports.
- Our public relations policy is based on promotion; please spread the word to any fantasy addict you may know, we are only as strong as our community.
- Being the best manager possible is the foundation of all our traditions, while trying to build the best fantasy sports network we can.