Boser’s Tweetbeat: Fantasy Lockdown

Apr 21, 2011


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Boser’s Tweetbeat –
Sifting through the hashtags to bring you the hottest trending Twitter topics in the Fantasy Football industry.
By Ryan Boser
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This past week over at ZoneBlitz.com, Andrew Tellijohn and I discussed how the NFL lockout could affect the 2011 fantasy football season. With the postponement of free agency/trading and the cancellation of minicamps, we’ve likely already reached a point where the quality of the product on the field will suffer—at least early.
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So what does this mean for fantasy football?
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Because of shortened offseason programs, both Andrew and I are in strong agreement that roster continuity will be a major key to success this season. Players trying to learn new playbooks will be at a disadvantage. What’s more, new coaching staffs trying to implement their systems are facing an uphill battle that grows steeper with each passing day.
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Rookies are the obvious victims of the lockout. As a group, they’ll likely be slower out of the gate than usual as they attempt to process the nuances and speed of the NFL. Many prospects who’d ordinarily be Week 1 starters will begin the season on the bench, as they won’t have the requisite opportunities to earn playing time. The clock begins ticking the wrong way at the conclusion of next week’s draft, when teams are prohibited from having any contact with rookies.
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I’m also beginning to wonder how players who are launching themselves into new athletic ventures (boxing, MMA, track and field, soccer) will fare when they’re forced to refocus their efforts and training back on football. Maybe I’m over-thinking this angle, but messing with an offseason routine, both mentally and physically, certainly can’t help a player’s performance on Sundays.
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On the surface, I think veterans could benefit from the lockout. For one, they’re not the guys who need the extra offseason reps. What’s more, the longer the lockout drags on, the less toll they’ll be putting on their bodies. Take LaDainian Tomlinson, for instance. He hit a wall around Week 6 last season. It’s conceivable that fantasy owners could have gotten two or three extra weeks of production out of him if he’d exerted less of his dwindling mileage prior to the season.
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Inevitably, we all come to a point in our fantasy drafts where we face the decision between a boring, proven veteran or a flashy rookie. This may be the year to take the known commodity.

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Ryan Boser is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA), and regularly contributes writing and commentary to numerous media outlets. Ryan’s own website, Out of My League, covers both fantasy football and the Minnesota sports landscape.

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