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Good Player vs. Good Fantasy Player Statistics

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What makes a good fantasy player? This is the question that many fantasy owners find themselves asking when they draft a player that they could have sworn was a good football player but has not been a good asset to their fantasy team. There are many factors that separate a good NFL player from a good fantasy player. This is a big reason that many people don’t

like fantasy football, but in a way this allows football fans to look at the game from a completely different perspective. In order for a player to be good in the world of fantasy football, he must do well in the statical point of the game. Whether or not this player’s team wins their game is completely irrelevant to the amount of points he scores.

Standing on the sidelines, quarterback Alex Smith watches as his team takes on the New York Giants earlier this year. Photo credited to the official website of the San Fransisco 49ers

This allows great players that have been stuck on terrible teams their whole career to finally get some credit they have deserved. For example, Marshawn Lynch has played for both the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks for his whole career. These teams have had subpar records in almost every season he has played for them and Lynch never received much publicity because of this. However, ever since fantasy football has gained popularity, Lynch has grown into a household name and is respected by most fantasy owners. Fantasy Football can also have the opposite effect on players that are a part of winning teams and receive undeserved popularity. Alex Smith, quarterback for the 49ers is a great example of this as his team has had two straight phenomenal seasons. The average football fan loves to credit a teams winning to their quarterback even when the people contributing to the wins play other positions. The 49ers have a top 5 defense and Frank Gore who is one of the best running backs in the league. Smith has been sitting around the 15th best quarterback in the league for the last two years, which is average at best. When picking your fantasy team, it is important to know which positions produce the most fantasy fantasynatic page 2

points. The players who get the ball the most often have more chances the score fantasy points for you. The average NFL quarterback throws about 25 to 35 passes per Statistics game, running backs get anywhere from 15 to 25 carries a game, and receivers rarely catch more than 10 balls a game. Therefore it is smarter to draft a good quarterback before an equally good running back. With that being said, most fantasy leagues require teams to fill their starting line up with just one quarterback, two running backs, three receivers, one tight end, one kicker, and one defense. For this reason, it will do you no good to pick a team of just quarterbacks. You should wait to draft your tight end until about the halfway point of the draft since they do not get the ball thrown to them nearly as much as receivers and are less likely to make big plays. The kicker and defense should be saved for the final two rounds of the draft. This is because both of these positions are completely unpredictable. The top kickers over the past two years have shown no sort of pattern, and even the best defenses in the league tend to have a handful of bad games every year. Players that fantasy owner want to stay away from are players that share playtime. The Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints both use three running

backs in their offense. Even though many of these running backs are great players, the amount of times the players get to touch the ball is split into three causing the fantasy points to be split as well. Some teams have a predominant player for a certain position but have a different player to come in for their goal line offense. This hurts their fantasy value since the amount of points rewarded for scoring a touchdown are substantial. A great example of this is the Bears running back Matt Forte who gets almost every carry, however due to his lack of size they put in Michael Bush when they get closer to the goal line. You want to be careful doing this when finding a receiver as well. Some teams have three or four good receivers on their team, which causes even the best receivers to get fewer balls thrown their way. A good example of this is Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers who plays along side three other premiere receivers. Although Jennings has great games, he suffers when one of his teammates catches a lot of balls. The same goes to Julio Jones who was the top receiver when he came out of college two years ago. Unfortunately Jones playes on the same team as Roddy White who can be debated as the best fantasy receiver of the last three years. White gets targeted about 1/3 more than Jones.

Studying a team’s tendencies can prove to be very beneficial when trying to decide if they are a good fantasy player. Picking a quarterback or receiver from a team that predominantly runs the ball is never a good idea, and the same goes for picking a running back that plays for a passing team. It is for this reason that Brandon Marshall was a top-scoring receiver when he played for the Denver Broncos who were a predominantly passing team, but when he was traded to the Chicago Bears who run the ball more his value has decreased drastically.

Running the ball, Matt Forte has proven to be a key to the Bears offense. Photo credited to the official website of the Chicago Bears. fantasynatic page 3

Overrted or Underrated Chris Johnson

After signing a huge contract extension following last season, Johnson entered the season with high expectations. Although Johnson has managed to break multiple touchdowns for 60 yards or more, Johnson has been a complete bust. The reason I consider him overrated is because his highlight plays make him one of the fans most favorite players to watch, however when it comes down to the statistics Johnson has been inconsistant and shut down on many occations.

Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin has always been known as an injury prone athlete for the Vikings. He has caught the fantasy world by storm this year ranking 5th in points at this point. The reason I consider Harvin undrrated is because Minnesota has improved their record drastically from previous seasons at 5-4 on the year. The only problem is that running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Christian Ponder are seen as the leaders of the team. This is a great example of how fantasy football helps show who really deserves the credit.


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Will Blncoe  

Fantasy Football