Remove your blinders, friends. They’ll wreck your fantasy football season before it begins.
The signs are there, every summer, as the NFL’s opening day creeps closer and fantasy owners refuse to waver on player expectations. Our thinking on fantasy monsters is too often cemented in June and July, swayed by unreliable coaches’ praises and pundit blathering.
If a guy looked good last year, he’s worth a high draft pick this year, right?
Last August, after months of fantasy chatter about LeGarrette Blount being the primary running back in a run-friendly offense, Blount was drafted as a top-12 running back in fantasy drafts. Blount rushed five times for 15 yards in Week 1. It didn’t get a whole lot better from there.
Take a moment before you enter the boiling cauldron that is your draft room and adjust your thinking, your strategy, and your expectations. See what’s really there—not what you thought might have been there six weeks ago.
I’m tabbing the following players as fantasy letdowns not because their numbers will tank from 2011, but because they are being drafted way too early in fantasy drafts. Their perceived value, in other words, is far greater than their actual values. They'll be far from worthless in Fantasy Land, as long as you don't pay too high a price.
Slip off those blinders and read along.