Focus on perfecting your process; don’t sweat the results.

The result of the 2016 League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR) American League — a 12-team, American League-only auction league of industry analysts that has been around for more than 20 years — wasn’t decided until the final hours of the season. In the end, it was a Jefry Marte home run that made the difference; the resulting home run and RBI pushed the league’s eventual champion into third- and fourth-place ties in those categories, earning it one whole Rotisserie point — a half-point gain in each — and swinging its half-point deficit into a half-point lead (and ultimately its victory margin).

Congratulations to Larry Schechter, Marte’s owner and the 2016 LABR-AL champion. Unfortunately, this columnist fell short by that half-point, which elicits one proper response: You extend very hearty congratulations to the champ on a season well played and an enjoyable pennant race, you shrug your shoulders about your own team’s rough result and you refocus your efforts toward next year’s championship quest.

Besides, whatever amount the defeat might sting, I cannot complain: Another team of mine, this one from our in-house fantasy baseball league, benefited from a similarly unexpected twist and turn.

The difference there was an Alex Colome blown save that his Tampa Bay Rays quickly reversed and turned into a win for their closer that moved another team into a third-place tie in wins, stealing a half-point from yet another team, dropping that team out of a tie for the title and resulting in a half-point victory for mine. (Incidentally, dozens of fantasy baseball owners have chimed in during the offseason about their own league championships having been decided by the Colome blown save-turned-win. There’s nothing quite like a great title-chase story.)

This is the awesomeness of fantasy baseball: Every individual play has the potential to swing a result. The season spans 2,430 games, which equates to roughly 21,870 innings and 184,000 individual plays, which presents a lot of opportunity for random variance to take hold, be it on a macro — such as when No. 2 catcher in ADP (average draft position) Kyle Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL just two games and 7⅔ innings played into the season — or micro — besides the above two examples, another was when No. 3 starting pitcher on the ESPN Player Rater Jon Lester allowed eight consecutive New York Mets to reach base in the second inning of a July 3 start en route to nightmarish 1 1/3-inning, eight-run stat line — level.

These unexpected results represent the “noise” a successful fantasy baseball owner needs to ignore, disappointments that have no bearing on the decision-making process.

After all, we have absolutely no right whatsoever to expect a damned thing from our fantasy baseball teams. The truth is that even a perfectly crafted process is subject to unraveling by entirely fluky results and that one can only expect to be right a little more often than 60 percent of the time.

That’s not to say there aren’t potential lessons to be learned, both from our defeats as well as victories, but it’s all about setting our teams up to win and hoping things break on the right side of that 60 percent.

I attribute a fine-tuned process to having won five experts league titles, which included three consecutive Tout Wars championships from 2012-14 and two LABR titles. Once that “W” popped up beside Colome’s name in the digital box score on the evening of Oct. 2, I began my preparations for my 2017 title run.

Come join me on the journey.

“I am going to win my league”

By the literal definition of this statement, I’m a big, fat liar. I won neither LABR nor Tout Wars last season — and in the latter, I didn’t even come close.

Again, past results are irrelevant to this part of the process. Each new season is a blank slate, and this introductory rule determines your mindset. Scoff at my 2016 results or laugh this whole section off as “rah-rah,” Zen-like nonsense, but I can promise you on Oct. 1 when the final results are tallied and you’re sitting in sixth place wondering, “Gee, what went wrong,” a big reason might well be your lack of belief in the opening rule. Oh, you might nab a league title every now and then while laughing off this section, but the best players — year-over-year title contenders — believe they’re always going to win.

Why else would you play? Sure, “for fun,” but isn’t winning the most fun? If you’re only playing to pass the time, then this isn’t the column for you. You’re here because you plan to win, so repeat Rule No. 1 before we go any further: I am going to win my league.

You’re going to get some things wrong — so will I

That 60 percent success rate on calls might be all you need to win your league. I prefer to set a more aggressive bar and recommend you do too: 65 percent.

That 5 percent edge is often the difference between being oh-so-close and the champion, and it’s that teeny-tiny edge, that one small step ahead of your competition, that one useful piece of information you have that they don’t, that’s paramount.

As I do annually, I compared my 2016 rankings to the results — we’ll use the Player Rater — at season’s end to get a handle on how realistic meeting this measure. The first two columns provide the total number and percentage of “draft-worthy” players in a standard ESPN mixed league in my estimation who earned that status; this means the top 250 ranked players who finished among the top 250 on the final Player Rater. The final two columns provide the total number and percentage of “draft-worthy” players who were almost perfectly projected; this means the top 250 ranked players who finished no more than 50 spots away from their rankings on the Player Rater.