The Fantasy Football Season rolls on for those in the playoffs but for many it has come to an end. Some owners in Fantasy Football Dynasty Leagues are already looking forward to the NFL Draft as they know their draft position and are looking at their needs. There certainly seemed to be more rookies this season that had an unlikely fantasy impact than usual. Let’s have a look at the 2008 Fantasy Football Rookie standouts…
The scoring used for reflection in how these fantasy players performed is as follows…
Passing TD’s=4 pts
All other TD’s=6 pts
Passing Yards= 1 pt point per 20 yards
Rushing/Receiving Yards= 1 pt per 10 yards
Receptions: .5 pt
2 Point Conversions= 2 pts
Scoring is used up to Week 13 as many leagues end their regular season at that point.
You hear it all the time about NFL QB’s in their rookie season. You don’t really want them to have to start. Goes the same in fantasy football. In 2008, with the injuries and benching, some people were forced to pick some rookies up off the waiver wire. There were a couple fellas that did not turn out all too terrible to have in a backup position.
Joe Flacco, Ravens
Position Rank: 14th, 186 pts
Fantasy Football relevance for a Ravens QB was pretty unlikely going into the season. This caused many Dynasty owners to pass on Flacco unless they were desperate. Taken by the Ravens at #18 in the draft we knew he was going to be their guy, didn’t know for sure when. Unless you have a developmental taxi squad where you can sit guys Flacco was likely not jumping out as a guy you HAD to have in your draft.
After suffering two below average games early in the season Flacco became a consistent backup/bye week QB for owners. His high point came in Week Eight against the Raiders when he posted TD’s in the air and on the ground, he even had a reception for 43 yards.
Outlook: If the Ravens ever develop an offense for him to work with Flacco can become a viable QB option in fantasy football. For Dynasty owners who have him he is at least going to be
Matt Ryan, Falcons:
Position Rank: 15th, 184 pts
Matt Ryan was picked up by the Falcons with the #3 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In most fantasy football Dynasty League drafts he was the first QB taken as well given his chance to start early. There is an old saying though. Don’t own players from bad fantasy teams. The Falcons were supposed to be a mess again this season. Apparently someone did not tell Ryan that when he was given the starting job.
He was called the most “NFL Ready QB” in the draft. We hear this every season, right? Ryan scored his best game of the season in Week 10 against the Saints, posting two TD’s and 248 yards. The return against the Saints in week 14 was even better and could have made a decent playoff start.
Outlook: The Falcons are not nearly as bad as we suspected in the beginning of the season. The Matt Ryan to Roddy White hookup looks to be a scary pair for years to come.
Worth a mention:
Brian Brohm, Packers: There were question marks as to how Aaron Rodgers would pan out in Green Bay. Enough that they took Brohm in the second round. Turns out that Rodgers is doing okay for himself and not as injury prone as suspected. Brohm is a stash away unless you can actually move him to the Aaron Rodgers owner.
Chad Henne, Dolphins: It appeared at one time that Henne may be the Rookie QB that had the best chance to start the season. Then Chad Pennington came to town. He totaled 67 yards on the season. There is no telling the future of Chad Henne in fantasy football. Chad Pennington had his most productive year in some time and appears a good fit with the offense.
The Running Back position. The grand Poo-Bah of fantasy football positions. The most sought after players in the Dynasty draft. There always seems to be a Running Back or two that have a significant fantasy impact in their rookie season. In 2008 this was certainly the case with three finishing in the Top10!
Matt Forte, Bears
Postion Rank: 1st, 220 pts
That’s right kids. A Chicago Bears Running back is the top fantasy football Running Back for 2008. To top it off he is a rookie! Forte had some fans coming into the season but nobody seriously expected Forte to lead the rookie runners, let alone the running back position. Once Cedric Benson was booted out of Chicago the job became Forte’s, hands down. He did not disappoint.
In many fantasy football dynasty drafts, Forte was at the highest the 5th running back taken. One thing he had going for him that some of the bigger names didn’t was the outright starting job. This important piece often gets lost behind the flashy name. Top game of the season came in Week 12 against the Rams. Two Rushing TD’s on 132 yards. He added on a coupe of receptions as well.
Outlook: The Bears still want to improve their Offensive Line. Every step they take in that direction will help Forte. Let’s hope he does not go the way of Anthony Thomas…
Steve Slaton, Texans
Position Rank: 8th, 186 pts
They said he was too small. The Houston backfield had become as crowded as one you may find in Denver, with nobody jumping out. As the season went on the ball found it’s way more and more into the hands of Steve Slaton. In weeks three, four, and five, owners who were not afraid of Slaton’s size or the fact he was a Texan were rewarded with drafting him. Those three solid weeks erased many doubts.
Slaton was one of those names we heard in the fantasy preseason but many just dismissed. A late round pick in many Dynasty drafts, Slaton is a gem. His season was peppered with a few inconsistent games but considering there was not much expected of him, we can let this slide. His best game of the season came in Week 13 against the Jaguars. Two rushing TD’s on 130 yards with two receptions and 52 yards thrown in.
Outlook: We have heard how Houston is going to become kind of a Denver South with Coach Kubiak. Will Slaton get lost in the whoever has the hot hand strategy?