Can you win with your financial fantasy team?

Can you win with your financial fantasy team?

The secrets to a great fantasy baseball draft can help you draft a winning financial team.  Balance power and speed, and make sure you don’t put too much money into a single position.  Additionally, your financial team will hit injuries during the season so you’ll need to adapt on the fly.

First and foremost, both with your finances as on your fantasy baseball team, you need a strategy.  Whether your strategy is to focus on pitchers first, to have a balanced team or decide you’re going to punt a category like homeruns and focus on dominating in the remaining categories, the important part is you have a strategy.  Just as with your finances, you can track all your spending every month, or you can punt and just focus on just the largest categories.  The important part is to have a strategy and follow it.  The details of the strategy you choose are less important than your decision to follow one.

What's your strategy, balance or domination?

What's your strategy, balance or domination?

When a new season starts, you usually have a few players you keep from the prior year, and the remainder of your team you draft fresh.  You should keep just the best portions of your financial team in place, and feel free to add or change the other positions so that you have the best team going forward.  You could evaluate if you want to keep your credit cards or open a new one with a signup bonus.  Are you happy with your lawyer and accountant?  Do you need a lawyer or accountant and you don’t have one?

During the draft, you need to make sure that you address every position.  You won’t be competitive without a first baseman, just like you won’t be financially competitive if you don’t have any investments.  Make sure every position is filled, even if you don’t get exactly the player you want.  Make sure that you’ve got your investments, savings, emergency fund, credit cards at zero balance, and an income of some kind.  You need to make sure all these positions are addressed before you add other players to your team.  While assembling your team, make sure that you don’t put too much of your budget into a single player, just like with your finances.  You need to make sure that you have enough cash to cover all your monthly expenses.  If you get a star pair of earrings early on, you may be eating Ramon the rest of the month.

How do you deal with financial injuries?

How do you deal with financial injuries?

Just like in real baseball, things go wrong, and players get injured.  Same thing with your finances, things go wrong, emergency home repairs pop up, you’ll get sick or injured, and you’ll need to deal with the fallout.  Being flexible is a virtue in both fantasy baseball and your finances.  There are a lot of ways to be flexible in baseball, but not so many with your financial team.  The biggest idea that will give you flexibility is having a substantial emergency fund.  Without this, you’ll need to be willing and able to cut expenses quickly and deeply should the need arise.  This could include cutting cable TV, selling your car, or trying to work a second job.

Whether in fantasy baseball or your finances, the goal is to put together a team that will give you the best chance of winning.  Whether that means paying down all your credit card debt, beating the market with your investments by 10%, or adding to your income with a new side venture, you want to put yourself in the best position with the best team.

Readers, who are the star players on your financial team?  How do you deal with a setback or an under-performing player?  What about a sleeper, something that delivered value far in excess of what you paid?

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12 Responses to Secrets of Fantasy Baseball that can help your finances

  1. Modest Money says:

    Good analogy between fantasy baseball and personal finances. You definitely do need to properly plan how you are going to cover all your bases. If you focus too much in one area, you may be compromising stability in other areas. Right now my financial team is in disarray. I think I might have to rethink my whole strategy and draft an all new team.

    • Karl says:

      Yeah, I need a bit of a team redraft myself. I’m fairly happy with the way investments are going, and I can do my own taxes, but I do need a good lawyer still. Of course this is the last year of my brother-in-laws law school, so hopefully that takes care of itself. 🙂

  2. I love fantasy baseball and this is very interesting how you related fantasy baseball with finance. I like it a lot!

  3. Money Infant says:

    I’m ashamed to say it being an American, but baseball isn’t my favorite sport 🙂

    That being said I guess I would have to say the best part of my “team” is my emergency fund or bullpen. It’s always there to win the game when I get in trouble.

  4. AverageJoe says:

    You forgot one – get Pujols money to win!

    ..and there’s no way Money Infant can be American and not love baseball…

    • Karl says:

      @Money Infant, that’s OK, being a nerd at heart I may actually like the statistic portion of baseball better than actually watching some games. Baseball games tend to provide excellent background for the TV while I’m doing something else.

      @AverageJoe, so you don’t believe in moneyball? Of course the current method to Seattle’s plan isn’t moneyball, nor getting money to win. It’s more like lose for a while and restock the farm system with draft picks.

  5. Our finances have designated for assignment over the past year or so. Bad luck, poor health, and terrible timing have reduced our once proud franchise to bush-league status. That’s OK. We call a few things up from the minors (such as cloth diapers, turning off the computers at night) and really think this is our rebuilding year. Who knows, maybe we may even slip into the playoffs somehow!

  6. Awesome analogy! My batting order is very balanced. When I was younger, I was all for the power hitter, trying to hit them out of the ballpark. Now, I am balanced in that my guys get on base, and get driven in by the rest.

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  8. The Marlins had the lowest player payroll in the major leagues both seasons — $22 million in 2008 and $37 million in 2009. Last winter, they reached an agreement with the players’ union to increase spending in the wake of complaints team payroll had been so small as to violate baseball’s revenue sharing provisions.

  9. I am a big fan anything involving baseball and/or a long baseball season. You can relate it to life, love, finances, childhood and even your friends. I enjoyed reading your post very much.

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