If you’re anything like me, this past fantasy football season ended with a bunch of mixed feelings. Alvin Kamara goes off and wins you a league or two, but you passed on Todd Gurley. Then, you realize your high pick of Amari Cooper or Jordy Nelson is costing you at least one league (and maybe a good chunk of change to go along with it). It was definitely a year for injuries as well, which means some athletes on Twitter haven’t been updating. Aaron Rodgers and David Johnson, both first or second rounders in many leagues, all found themselves on the IR at some point before the season was over.
That being said, last year’s fantasy football season was still noteworthy. There were a ton of wins to go along with the losses. Even if you didn’t win a league, you probably had a great time with your friends. My leagues were on ESPN.com and at RTsports.com, and each ended up being a great place to do fantasy football.
That brings us to a few major takeaways from the fantasy football season. Some are obvious, others less so. But, all of them will help us prepare for the 2018 fantasy football draft, which couldn’t get here any sooner.
What We Learned In 2017
Running Backs Are Back
Even in PPR leagues, where getting a point for every catch helps wide receivers become more relevant relative to running backs, 2017 showed that running backs are where you should put most of your stock. They’re getting more balls thrown to them than ever, especially athletes on Twitter who are heavily involved in the passing game, like Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, and Melvin Gordon.
It’s difficult to win a league, anyway. And it’s even more difficult if there isn’t a star running back on your roster.
Anyone Can Get Hurt
People who drafted David Johnson #1 or #2 overall realized how hard it is to replace a star running back, or to find one on the waiver wire. Unless they were able to pickup Kareem Hunt or Alvin Kamara, they probably didn’t make it to the playoffs.
What 2017 showed us is that anyone can get hurt. Aaron Rodgers ended up missing a good chunk of the season as well. The important thing for people to remember when it comes to injuries is that it’s always possible to bounce back. That is, if they play the waiver wire right and upgrade to other positions through trades.
Consistency Is Key
Some of the most annoying athletes on Twitter to own are Julio Jones and Brandin Cooks. Sure, they may get you a game with 150 yards or more and 2 touchdowns. But, they’ll also give you games where they do absolutely nothing. It’s hard to stay competitive when your top receiver is consistently doing nothing. Next season, do your best to invest in athletes on Twitter who are going to consistently give you good numbers. Some good examples are Le’Veon Bell, Larry Fitzgerald, and Alvin Kamara or Mark Ingram.
2017’s fantasy football season may be over, but there will be another one here before we know it. Take a break from all the news, but don’t get too behind on what athletes on Twitter are doing this summer. Come ready to win your league next season!