It’s hard to pinpoint an actual figure on how much fantasy football generates for companies every year, with some estimates nearing the double-digit mark in billions.
Fantasy players generally come in two forms: The people who do it for fun without a whole lot of thought into it (these are usually the people who don’t care when your league draft is because they’re just going to auto draft anyway) and the people who take it very seriously (these guys/gals play in dynasty leagues, buy the fantasy magazines, and will leave their own wedding reception early if it means drafting live).
Whether you fall into the former or latter category, these are the developments that have taken – so far – that will affect your fantasy football team this season.
The biggest downside to Eddie Lacy has been his fluctuating weight. Many pundits attributed the running back’s injury-riddled 2016 and underperforming 2015 to his rapid weight gain and subsequent failure to shred the pounds. He’s no longer Green Bay’s problem, however. Lacy signed with the Seattle Seahawks, but before the ink was dry, Bob McGinn of PackersNews.com tweeted that on one of his free-agent visits, Lacy weighed in at 267 pounds. Time will tell if Pete Carroll can keep Lacy focused and in shape; if so, the Hawks may be in for another beastly year.
Brandin Cooks will go from catching passes from a future Hall of Fame QB, Drew Brees…to catching passes from a future Hall of Fame QB in Tom Brady. Don’t get too excited though, he may have been the No. 1 guy in the Big Easy but he’ll be No. 3 in Beantown behind Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.
Last year, Pierre Garcon topped 1,000 yards for the season for just the second time in the decade he’s been on an NFL roster. However, fantasy-wise, Garcon barely cracked the list of top-30 fantasy wideouts in points-per-reception leagues in 2016. Keep Garcon as your WR3; he may be the best wide receiver in San Francisco’s corps, but the quality of quarterback play he will be working with will go down.
Without question, one of the most entertaining and exciting quarterback-wide receiver tandems the last two seasons has been Jameis Winston-to-Mike Evans. The Bucs just gave Winston another target in Desean Jackson, so if you had Winston as a fringe QB1 in 2016, go ahead and take the chance with him in 2017.
The guy replacing Adrian Peterson has big shoes to fill, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer feels that Latavius Murray will rise to the challenge:
“He’s very knowledgeable. Obviously he’s a big back,” Zimmer told Eric Smith of Vikings.com “He’s got strength in his running game, power in his running game. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a good pass protector.”
But is he Peterson? No, but don’t feel bad because no one in this era is. He can be a serviceable back, but not a go-to first-rounder like his predecessor.