There’s a sharp contrast between the real NFL and its fantasy counterpart, and the difference is particularly evident when comparing each world’s best players.
In some cases, the two are indistinguishable.
Aaron Rodgers wins in the NFL, for example, and Aaron Rodgers wins in fantasy football too.
He’s a reigning Super Bowl MVP, his 7-0 Packers are the only undefeated team left in the NFL and any fantasy player that happens to own him probably has a pretty decent record, too, as the quarterback’s six 300-yard passing games and 20 touchdown passes have helped make him the leading fantasy scorer so far this season.
It all makes perfect sense.
The same can be said of bad players too, who often fail equally in both gridiron realms, like in the case of Reggie Bush.
Bush the real world NFL running back is little more than a glorified decoy, currently splitting carries on one of just three winless teams in the entire league, while Bush the fantasy back is something of a decoy himself, a familiar name who always has the potential to make an impact but never actually does (his 190 rushing yards are the second fewest in the league among backs with at least 50 attempts).
For most NFL players, however, the picture is quite a bit murkier, and for many stars, the stat-heavy, imaginary fantasy universe is a much more favorable environment than the one they unfortunately have to actually play in.
Here are the 10 of those very two-faces, guys who dominate the make-believe world but struggle here in the real one, and who’d probably trade places with their non-existent alter egos in a second if only they could.
Hey, at least their outstanding individual production hasn’t gone completely to waste, right?