Monday, February 21, 2011

FDH Fantasy Newsletter: Volume IV, Issue VII

Welcome to our 120th edition of the FDH Fantasy Newsletter, as we continue to bring you weekly fantasy sports updates in addition to our usual content on Our archive of past editions is available right here on The Blog and specific links to past editions are available at

This week, we bring you our final fantasy football notes from 2010.

Final Fantasy Football Notes for 2010

^ Beware the installation of new systems in the NFL in 2011 with a looming lockout likely to imperil at least some of the lead-up to the next season. Keep in mind how much everyone speaks of the league being on a year-round basis these days, with minicamps and offseason workouts and training sessions. Now consider that players may be missing all of these learning opportunities, as well as part or all of training camp itself – by far the most important of all educational sessions. Skill-position players being asked to learn new schemes and nomenclature this season face the odds of being way behind their peers who have the fortune to be in a more stable situation presently.

^ While the league has been moving away from the concept of a dominant lead back on most teams since at least about 2005, the increasing viability of two RB starters from the same team (i.e. LT/Greene, Charles/TJ, Bradshaw/Jacobs) really took off in 2010. Pairing two of these together is inadvisable under all but the most extreme circumstances, but you may find yourself on an increasing basis playing one team’s back and facing an opponent starting that RB’s counterpart.

^ While it is still wise to fear having a star WR who gets double-teamed because his fellow receivers are quite lame, the examples of R White and Bowe this year show that the fear can be overblown.

^ Many new WRs presented themselves in 2010 as viable starters in 2-WR leagues: S Johnson, Lloyd, Nicks, Maclin, M Williams-TB.

^ What looked to be the best fantasy year for tight ends perhaps in NFL history proved to be quite disappointing, as some failed to live up to expectations due to injury (Clark and Finley) and others just fell off the map in terms of their place in the offense (Celek). Only M. Lewis stepped up to offset this unfortunate trend.


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