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The Gut Check No. 407: Calibrating Your Draft Compass

Information overload is an easy way for fantasy owners to lose their way this time of year. Matt Waldman provides sensible tips to calibrate your compass so you can execute your pre-draft prep and draft day strategy to perfection. 

The stone age was marked by man's clever use of crude tools; the information age, to date, has been marked by man's crude use of clever tools.

-Anonymous

Web sites. Apps. Video. Social media. Podcasts. Our access to information is amazing. It's also part of our downfall because we don't do enough to control the flow of information. 

I've been asking my friends and colleagues podcasts during the past few months. One of them told me he routinely listens to them at double the speed because there's so many of them that he wants to hear that he can't get through all of them in a given week. That thought bled into a point about his queue of articles, podcasts, and YouTube videos that he routinely saves for later viewing only to delete half of the list every two weeks because some of the material is no longer relevant—especially fantasy football topics.

The availability of information is so appealing that we can be guilty of allowing it to come at us at a dizzying rate. By early August, fantasy owners can be feeling information overload. Instead of sharing these thoughts after I post a variety of strategic plans and tiers in the next 10-14 days, it's better to calibrate the inner compass to true North beforehand.

More on that idea in a moment as I cover this and other common errors fantasy owners make with draft preparation and execution every year.

1. Control the flow of information

This is the most important thing. We're all so afraid of missing a vital injury, suspension, trade, or depth chart change that keeps us from making informed decisions that we open the flow of our resources to fire hose strength. I'm at the point that I'd rather pinpoint the resources I'm going to use based on their information's reliability, timing, frequency, and frame of reference.

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