One of the things that makes fantasy football — and football in general — so entertaining is its inconsistent, often chaotic mode of operation. Prognosticators, pundits and prophets alike spew out preseason predictions which all too often fail to come to fruition.
But there are lessons to be learned from every fantasy football season. 2007 threw fantasy owners new twists and turns down the path to fantasy dominance. Rock-solid drafts went out the window as waiver wire wonders walked in the back door. Many draft-day steals quickly became fantasy afterthoughts as the season progressed, while under-the-radar players drove some owners to the playoffs and beyond. Then, of course, there are the sure things: The Peyton Mannings and LaDainian Tomlinsons of the world.
Now, as many owners ponder what was and what could have been, the time to start looking forward to next season begins. And with that, here is a list of some things The Hazean learned in the year that was 2007:
- The RB/RB draft strategy is so old-fashioned.
- Depending on your league settings, drafting a quarterback in the 1st or 2nd round may not be too early after all.
- Do not fear a rookie runningback. See Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch.
- Do fear rookie wide receivers. Even Dwayne Bowe tapered off by the end of the season.
- Injuries rule. Always be prepared, especially at the runningback position.
- Wait until week 2 or 3 and grab a hot kicker on a good offense. Mason Crosby and Nick Folk were two of the best in ’07.
- Always entertain trades. Try to upgrade your team every week at every position however possible.
- Keep a vigilant eye on the waiver wire, but maintain a calm trigger finger.
- Trust your instincts. Sometimes, matchups lie.
- Be prepared for bad weather late in the season. Get some backups who play in domes or warm, sunny locales.
- Finally, play fantasy football with friends. Nothing brings people together like a little friendly competition.
The Hazean wants to know: What did you learn in 2007? Let’s hear it in the comments.