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Last season, we saw an unprecedented scoring boom in the fantasy football realm. Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees led the onslaught, as defenses appeared ill-prepared to start the season after the lockout severely shortened offseason and preseason activities.
How has fantasy scoring held up from year to year? At this point, all offensive players totaled 13,585 standard fantasy points. This season, going into the Thursday night tilt in Minnesota, the figure was down to 13,321 points, a 264-point drop-off from a year ago.
Doug Martin, Josh Freeman and Adrian Peterson did their best to bridge that gap, but scoring is certainly down on the whole.
That might not seem like a lot when taking into consideration there are hundreds of players tallying fantasy scores, but the vast majority of them have scored in the single digits through seven games.
It seems that defenses have indeed bounced back this season. The downturn in fantasy scoring is highlighted by poorly performing dynamos thus far. Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and LeSean McCoy are some examples of guys whose fantasy performances have fallen short of expectations.
Even Rodgers got off to a poor start before turning it on in recent weeks.