Since we've got some time before fantasy baseball starts up - for which we plan on finally starting our own league that all of you fine readers can join, if you'd like - Matt and I are going to spend a little time recapping the year that was in fantasy football. It was a good year for both of us, I won my title and Matt went to his championship game, and we had a great time writing the blog. I just hope our advice didn't screw anyone over too bad. Thanks for reading.
Here's a look at Yahoo!'s top ten overall scorers for fantasy football in 2008:
1. QB Drew Brees - Saints: 302.66
2. QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers 290.22
3. RB DeAngelo Williams - Panthers 285.60
4. QB Philip Rivers - Chargers 278.76
5. QB Jay Cutler - Broncos 277.04
6. QB Michael Turner - Falcons 272.00
7. QB Kurt Warner - Cardinals 261.12
8. QB Peyton Manning - Colts 254.18
9. QB Matt Cassel - Patriots 244.72
10. QB Donovan McNabb - Eagles 243.34
a) Quite obviously, fantasy numbers don't equal real life success. Three of the top five scorers were on non-playoff teams, and Phillip Rivers' Chargers managed just an 8-8 record.
b) The first thing you notice looking at this list is the number of quarterbacks. Nine in the top ten. So why, exactly, do running backs always get drafted first? I may be the supposed 'expert' around here, but honestly, I have no idea. I took Tom Brady with the fifth pick in my draft thinking he'd put up more points than of the available running backs, and had he not been hurt, I probably would have been right. Maybe fantasy football isn't all about tail backs.
c) Aaron Rodgers, Deangelo Williams, Michael Turner, and Matt Cassel. Who woulda thunk it? That unpredictability is part of what makes fantasy football so much fun.