Fantasy Football: All Avalanches Begin with Flakes

Dan BentonCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2008

Playoff time has come for this fantasy football season, and as it coincides with the holiday seasons and winter beginning here in the East one is reminded that avalanches all must begin with the first flakes of the season and from there escalate into full blown disasters.

In the NFL this year, there has been no shortage of flakes, beginning with the stars at the wide receiver position, who just a short year ago, were leaders in the production end for fantasy owners.

A look at now and then is warranted for these flakes to see the impact they have had for fantasy owners and for their teams in the NFL, as well. It should be documented how far they have rolled downhill and how has it affected their fantasy roles.

Foremost is the much documented loss of services, again, for the New York Giants with Plaxico Burress' gunshot and resultant thigh injury situation. He is now on the non-football injury list, which ends his season, as well as a four game suspension by the Giants. His injury would have prevented him from being active for the end of the regular season, at the least.

Like a dentist removing an impacted molar, the Giants have prevented Burress from practicing or having any thoughts of returning to their roster, at least for the remainder of this season.

Just last February 13th, Burress made the play for which he was on the Giants' roster, the winning 13 yard touchdown catch in the Super Bowl. He had finished the 2007 regular season as the 29th ranked receiver, catching 70 balls for 1,025 yards, the longest being a 60 yard touchdown. He totaled 12 touchdowns and had no fumbles for last season.

At the time of his suspension this week, he is listed as in a five way tie for being the 70th ranked receiver, trailing teammates Amani Toomer, Steve Smith, and even running back Derrick Ward.

He had 35 catches, for 454 yards, and four touchdown receptions. Needless to say, there will be no winning Super Bowl catch for the Giants this season, and quite possibly, after numerous team fines and previous suspensions, not ever for the Giants again.

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