The official football season for the NFL is not over for another week, but nearly every fantasy football league has now concluded with this past Sunday being their Super Bowl. Since fantasy football is now over it is important to look back on the year to see how this season truly made all of us look foolish and you, nor any of the ESPN “fantasy know it alls”, were anywhere close to understanding how this season would shake out.
(Keep in mind these statistics were gathered for a PPR league which one reception is worth 1 whole point)
Ryan Fitzpatrick scored double the amount of points as Andrew Luck.
If I would have told you prior to the year that journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick would finish 10th overall in scoring and Andrew Luck would not play more than half the regular season games, and when he did play would put up only pedestrian fantasy numbers you would have laughed at me as if I were an idiot. You wouldn’t have been alone, but you would be wrong.
Only three of ESPN’s top 15 preseason projected players finished in the top 50 of total points scoring.
The three players who finished in the top 50 that were projected as top picks were Odell Beckham Jr, Rob Gronkowski, and Adrian Peterson. The other ones such as Jeremy Hill, Marshawn Lynch, CJ Anderson, and Eddie Lacy had a myriad of reasons for as to why they did not score as many points or be as productive as desired. For some it was injury, but for others they were just too hyped up prior to the season and truly do suck. They also were single handedly responsible for ruining your fantasy season (yeah I’m talking to you Eddie Lacy).
It is scary to think about how reliable that guy above us actually is.
Scam…cough, cough…I mean Cam Newton has led all fantasy football players in points.
Cam Newtown has always been considered a fantasy god for most of his career. This is because he is the ideal Dual Threat QB that is actually a primary running option for his team within the red zone, and is still able to benefit from the air attack happy NFL that has taken over today’s game. Aside from this though Newtown, as pointed out by every NFL pundit, has dramatically improved his play this year. To put it in fantasy perspective he scored 237 points last season versus 328 points this season.
There is not 1 Running Back in the top 10 of total scoring and only 1 in the top 25.
That RB was Davonta Freeman who finished inside the top 25 and finished 11th in total scoring. This was also true for ESPN’s fantasy football total points without a full point for a reception, bit instead of being 11th he fell to 21st.
Antonio Brown finished as the top scoring WR
This fact is a scary one. This is because Antonio Brown also had to play a quarter of the season (weeks 4-7) without Big Ben. During those weeks Brown only averaged 58.75 yards per game without Big Ben. However with Big Ben he averaged 117 yards per game. Given the 58.25 yards per game difference and the four games missed Antonio Brown would have had nearly 230 extra yards if Big Ben would have stayed healthy. Also this does not take into account the receptions and touchdowns he missed out on as well because of the shift in quarterback. No other top WR such as Beckham or Jones has had to deal with this, yet Brown still outscored them.
Danny Woodhead scored more points than Adrian Peterson
However when not given any points for a reception AP still does finish ahead of Woodhead with Peterson scoring 50 more points than him within standard scoring leagues.This does go to show how significant proper projections are for what the dynamics of your specific fantasy football league will be. “Stupid me” had never played within a PPR league before. Note to self, Woodhead, Vereen, Bell, and Dion Lewis shall all move up on my board next year.
Jacksonville Jaguars had 2 receivers in the top 25 spots
Allen Robinson (6) and Allen Hurns (23) combined to be the most lucrative pair of Wide Receivers for the 2015 fantasy football season. Concurrently with Blake Bortles they provided the most efficient aerial attack in the entire NFL. The three of them combined to be the highest scoring combination of the top Two WR’s with QB. Coming in a close second was Ryan Fitzpatrick with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
Welp, consider the majority of our fantasy football minds blown, but at least we still have daily fantasy sports to redeem ourselves.