The end of the year always is a reflective time for folks and the same is true across the internet. Everyone is posting their top stories/events/pictures/etc. of the year, and people generally like to read this kind of stuff.
So I figured I would get in on the act. Enjoy our top moments of the year and have a happy New Year!
The Hazean’s Top Five Moments of 2011
1. Winning! In order to earn the respect of the readers, it helps when you actually win in fantasy football. So in the interest of full disclosure, here are my results in 2011: Three leagues, overall regular season record of 25-14, made the playoffs in two-of-three. In a 16-team league entered the playoffs as a 5-seed but one-and-done. In a 12-team keeper league, won the championship (third title in five years). Missed the playoffs by one game in the other league but had the fourth-most points in the league, FWIW.
2. Plaxidently Shot Myself. One of the most popular things we do around here on a yearly basis is our best fantasy football team name contest every summer. This year’s winner (Plaxidently Shot Myself) received a bevy of prizes and we expect to add more to the prize chest next year. Looking forward to it.
3. Finding great, new fantasy football resources. One of the best aspects of running this blog is finding new tools for fantasy football. The fantasy football industry is booming right now and there are a ton of resources at the fingertips of fantasy owners. Using the right ones could help you win a fantasy championship. In case you missed our series this summer, here are the five parts:
Part I: The 10 Best Fantasy Football Blogs
Part II: The Best League Hosting Services
Part III: The Best Full-Service Fantasy Football Websites
Part IV: The Best Fantasy Football Twitter-ers of 2011
Part V: The Best iPhone Apps for Fantasy Football Owners
4. The contributions of Bryan and Marc: Keeping up with fantasy football these days is too much for one man! So I wanted to say a quick thanks to our two biggest contributors here at the Hazean, Bryan Daugherty (Follow him on Twitter @bryan_CTP) and Marc Budyach. Both of these guys make my life much easier and bring some diversity to what we cover here. Bryan’s betting advice stories are gold, by the way, and he will make you money too.
5. Milestones. These would not be possible without you, the readers. Thanks for making the effort worthwhile, and fun at that. This year, The Hazean passed 1,000,000 total page views since its self-hosted inception in June of 2008. We also had our best month ever (August, 92,466 unique hits), topped 700 Twitter followers and 300+ Facebook fans. Thanks again!
A taste of 2012 for those ready for the next fantasy football season:
- There has been a tangible decline of running back production since the onslaught of running-back-by-committee has taken the league by storm. 2011 brought this decline to an all-new level. While the depth is greater, the top-end production is much more rare. Get an elite RB, or jump on an elite player from another position group early in your 2012 drafts. [Roto Arcade]
- Breakouts, busts and new elite options for 2012. Marshawn Lynch played his way into the first round of 2012 fantasy football drafts. Reggie Bush resuscitated his fantasy football value in 2011. Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham changed the way fantasy owners will draft tight ends next season. [SI.com]
- It was the year of the rookie quarterback, even though most experts thought they would struggle because of the NFL Lockout. Didn’t happen. Cam Newton, for instance, broke Peyton Manning’s rookie records for quarterback play. Andy Dalton was a service-able fantasy QB for most of the season. Christian Ponder and Jake Locker should some nice flashes during their starts. Poor Blaine Gabbert, though, as he appears to be the leader in the clubhouse for bust of the 2011 quarterback class. [The Big Lead]
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