Fantasy Football's Most Overrated Statistic: Total Fantasy Points

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Fantasy Football's Most Overrated Statistic: Total Fantasy Points
2011 Fantasy Points Leader Aaron Rodgers

Mark Sanchez was a better fantasy football quarterback than all but nine players at his position in 2011.

Beanie Wells is more valuable than Chris Johnson.

Steven Jackson, Frank Gore and Michael Turner are getting a bad rap; they were all top-12 running backs in 2011.

Total fantasy points is the first number most fantasy drafters gaze upon in their preseason magazines, blogs and rankings. Owners judge the cumulative total of a player's points as the be-all and end-all of worth. But the total is not what matters. The total is a lie.

Nearly every fantasy football league is played on a week-by-week basis, typically in head-to-head format. This is not "rotisserie" style fantasy baseball where statistics are gathered as a cumulative rankings. Fantasy owners seek dominance over a singular opponent each week. As such, weekly and/or average fantasy points light the way to victory, not the total.

These four cases prove how owners fool themselves by looking at the most overrated statistic in fantasy football: total fantasy points.

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