People spend a lot of time trying to figure out what makes winners win. All we know about it, after all that work, is that it's dark, strange, stubborn, and mostly invisible. That and that identifying it may not be worth it.
The idea of players "owing" something to the leagues for which they play is nearly as problematic as making money for others being a "privilege and not a right." And both concepts are a lot more arcane than you think.
With a few caveats -- Blake Griffin calling Donald Sterling a "weird uncle", for one -- Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune has largely been a half-hearted regurgitation of the same soundbites we can get after any game, stamped with a bit of "no filter" branding. So why not make a fantasy league out it?