2015 fantasy football review

Your 2015 Fantasy Football Season Was A Bust

What type of emotion are you feeling right now? Sadness? Anger? Frustration?

We get it. There’s very few things in life that will upset you more then losing in fantasy football.

Hell, you may have not even made the playoffs. Yes, you’ll be depressed for weeks, and the excuses will be plentiful.

Nobody wants to hear it.

The 2015 Fantasy Football season has come to a bitter end, and it was one wild ride! Whether you lost in the playoffs or are sobbing in the Winner’s Consolation Bracket, there’s more than likely a few key reasons why you couldn’t seal the deal in 2015.

The below scenarios may not have been the direct causation for your disastrous fantasy football season, but there is a strong correlation to failing based on these fantasy football strategies:

The Hot Pocket Scenario: Not Drafting The Handcuff

Admit it; Hot Pockets are glorious in all of their tiny microwaveable form.

Ever try biting into one immediately after it’s finished cooking in the microwave? You’ll curse more than a sailor.

No matter how many times you continue to eat Hot Pockets, you’ll always act as if it’s your first time cooking one.

Every damn time Hot Pockets!

The same can be said for drafting the designated fantasy football handcuff to your RB1.

You consistently hear this piece of fantasy football advice every year, and you continue to ignore it. Why?

It’s boring. Why spend a late round draft pick on a player that’s more than likely going to ride the pine the entire year?

Because Le’veon Bell, Jaamal Charles, Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Matt Forte and Carlos Hyde; that’s why.

And when your 1st or 2nd round pick heads to IR, your only reaction you can offer to people as to why you didn’t draft the handcuff is:

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Your Brain On Drugs: Drafting a QB In Rounds 1-3

What the hell were you thinking?

Countless mock drafts, analytical research and statistics, and fantasy football draft strategy videos were consumed all pre-season in order to draft the best possible value, and when it’s time to draft your first pick, your brain immediately gives you the finger and selects a QB.

How did that work out for you? Drafting a QB in the first four rounds didn’t get you even close to the upper echelon fantasy greatness.

You need to stop this type of drafting.

Quarterbacks are over-drafted and over-valued. It’s only one roster position for your starting lineup (unless you’re in a 2 QB league), so draft for RB/WR. Then you won’t have to look at your pathetic lineup like this:

Drafting a QB in First Round

Drafting A RB In The First Round

This may be an over reaction. If you had a top 5 draft position this year, most likely you took a running back in the first round. And that’s fine. But it absolutely sucks that so many top tier RBs were injured for the entire 2015 season.

This section is dedicated to one player thought, that was on the highest of shit lists. I’m talking about Eddy “Weight Watchers” Lacy.

eddie lacy fantasy football 2015

If there’s any reason to debunk the theory that you must absolutely draft a RB with your first pick in positions 1-5, the 2015 fantasy football season has just shit in your hand to confirm that theory.

How’s that zero running back strategy looking now?

New Team Does Not Equal New Start

It was quite refreshing in the pre-season to see some major impact players move teams to either rejuvenate their career or cash in on their previous seasons to sign with new teams.

Fantasy footballers’ were excited. Maybe a little too excited.

You learned that not all free agent moves are for the better, but boy did you draft like it. Take a look at soyou stat lines of players we thought would explode in 2015, who came up a bit short:

Andre Johnson: Once a top 3 WR, Andre Johnson was the poster child of a pure volume workhorse with a marginal QB.

A move to the Indianapolis Colts, and a pairing with one of the leagues top QBs in Andrew Luck was the perfect scenario for Johnson’s fantasy football season (so you thought).

Stat line through the 14 games of 2015: 37 Receptions, 457 Yards, 3 Touchdowns. Gross.

Frank Gore: The 32 year old veteran running back was also primed for a big season with the move to Indianoplis as well.

Having Andrew Luck throwing to both Andre Johnson and T.Y. Hilton would inevitably set up the run, where Gore could flourish between the tackles. While Gore’s transition didn’t warrant a RB1 status, he could easily make the case for a valuable RB2 and an immense value in the mid round of your draft.

Stat line through 15 games of 2015: 241 Rushing Attempts, 891 Yards, 6 Touchdowns, 3 Fumbles. Gore’s stats were pretty mediocre until Game 15.

DeMarco Murrary

The 2014 rushing champion left one of the best offensive lines in football to join the Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly.

This transition seemed to be a bit of head scratcher, as Chip Kelly is known for using a running back by committee, and with Darren Sproles and the recent ad of Ryan Mathews, there was mixed signals as to what Murrary’s contribution in 2015.

That being said, Murrary’s average draft status came in around 11th overall.

Stat line through 15 games of 2015: 181 Rushing Attempts, 633 Yards, 5 Touchdowns. Pathetic. So pathetic, that Chip Kelly was fired right before the end of the NFL regular season.

Ndamukong Suh (Miami Dolphins DEF/ST)

Unless you play in a league where you can play independent defensive players, this may not have as much context. But it’s too substantial of a change not to go unnoticed. Ndamukong Suh was an absolute game changer for the Detroit Lions, and his move to the Miami Dolphins in free agency would surely catapult their defense to elite status.

You had only hoped. The Miami Dolphins defense/special teams was atrocious. Did they go through a coaching change? Yes.

Did it help? Not really.

Suh struggled early on to penetrate double teams and attack the quarterback like he did in Detroit. Of course one man cannot change the entire play of an NFL defense, but with supporting impact players like Cameron Wake and a decent secondary, the talent of the Dolphins defense did not match their play.

Fantasy stat line through 15 games of 2015: 62 Total Fantasy Points 14 Takeaways, 26 Sacks

Rookie-Rookie Mistake

drafting a rookie fantasy football

There’s nothing more of an ego boost than being the guy who drafted a rookie that absolutely blew away projections.

Rookies have such an appeal for teams needing to fill a massive void. And fantasy footballers alike.

Too many players overvalue a rookie that are immediately granted the starting role as soon as he’s drafted.

Big mistake.

There should be no need to draft a rookie in your fantasy football draft before the 8th round.

“But if I don’t draft him, someone else will.” Let them.

It’s very rare for a rookie to come aboard an NFL team and immediately make an impact. Between digesting the playbook, adjusting to the speed of play, and learning how to accurately pass-block, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze for most.

Take a look at the average draft positions of some rookies this year and their performance:

Tevin Coleman

ADP: 34.7

Word out of Atlanta Falcons training camp was Tevin Coleman was going to be the starter for the team, after a sub-par performance the previous year from running back Devonta Freeman. With this information gaining momentum, Coleman’s average draft position was mid-to-late 4th round.

Coleman found himself with 20 carries the first game, and was cut short due to an injury in Game 2. Devonta Freeman took over as the primary back, and we all know how that ended.

Melvin Gordon

ADP: 16.2

Gordon was the second-highest touted running back in the 2015 NFL draft behind Todd Gurley. His numbers at Wisconsin were record setting, and the San Diego Chargers were in desperate need of every down back. There was no doubt at the beginning of the season, Gordon was #1 on the depth chart.

Gordon, whose season ended up on IR, found himself with 181 carries, 641 rushing yards, and 0 touchdowns.

Can we say it’s all Gordon’s fault? Not at all.

The offensive line of the Chargers was riddled with injuries in 2015. That just couldn’t create the holes for Gordon.

Gordon’s production proves that while you may have a rookie impact player, the team may be relying too much on him without making the necessary improvements to support him.

Ameer Abdullah

ADP: 26.5

With the departure of Reggie Bush and the uncertain health of Joique Bell, Ameer Abudllah was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2015, and in little time, was being praised for his excellent speed and laterally ability.

NFL reporters and fantasy football analysts were very high on Abdullah on potentially being the starter, and his pre-season game reps looked promising.

The snowball effect took full form, and Abdullah’s average draft position was 26.5. On average, fantasy footballers drafted him in late third-early fourth rounds. A pretty risky move for a team with two veteran running backs already slated on the roster.

Did your hopes and dreams of Abdullah exploding every week for a massive amount of points come true? Of course not!

Now, some rookies did live up to their draft status, such as Todd Gurley. But this just goes to show you that there is too much value being pushed aside in the mid-rounds of your fantasy football draft on the long shot that a rookie becomes an absolute stud for his team.

Let The 2015 Be A Lesson

Whether it was a terrible draft strategy, a trade that you were hesitant about, or waiver wire flops, don’t let the mistakes of the 2015 fantasy football season haunt you. Learn from them, and apply it to your strategy for next year.

Who are you kidding, you’re going to do the same damn thing!

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Written by Chad Lio

Chad Lio is Fantasy Football fanatic in the sense that he spends way too much time researching players only to blow it by second guessing himself. His attempts to be a scratch golfer are quite comedic. Favorite Team: Chicago Bears