As the NFL season begins, millions of fantasy football fans are busy researching and drafting their teams. And this season, as in previous ones, fans will be wondering why some fantasy team managers just seem to have a knack for finding those sleepers and high upside players, while other managers routinely fail to understand and predict player value.

Investors often wonder the same thing: why do some investors consistently get it right and prosper, while others are lucky if they even break even?

Coincidence? Maybe, but there are several important things successful fantasy football managers have in common with successful real-life investors.

Here are three important mindsets that can help you go the whole 9 yards, whether it’s on the virtual gridiron or with your own financial plan.