In Good Company: When History Meets Hype-Running Backs

Our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, “The more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.” While Teddy had no inclination that this may apply to fantasy football, being that professional football wasn’t introduced until a year after his death, his words have merit in the context of the game we love to play each September through February.

NFC Least: A Somewhat Biased Look at the Weak NFC East

In a battle for the okayest team in the NFC East, they out okayed the talented, but stale Cowboys. The Pederson offensive elixir has been flat since the magical 2017 season, but the contributing factors were unfortunate injuries and uneven performances from ill-fitting personnel choices. The vastly superior Miles Sanders has replaced Jordan Howard, and Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett, Nelson Agholor, and Robert Davis have been replaced by, well, actual wide receivers. The top of the East looks to be the same two-horse race, but it should be much higher caliber than the first-round fodder for the other conferences over the past few seasons.

In Good Company: When History Meets Hype – QB Comps continued

But do we use history as a tool when drafting our upcoming year’s teams? Possibly recent history, as there are a myriad of tools and projections at our disposal to research and provide us with all of the numbers to create our cheat sheets and draft strategies. However, we don’t typically consult one readily available tool. A deep dive into what the projections look like in the frame of historical statistical seasons.

In Good Company: When History Meets Hype

But do we use history as a tool when drafting our upcoming year’s teams? Possibly recent history, as there are a myriad of tools and projections at our disposal to research and provide us with all of the numbers to create our cheat sheets and draft strategies. However, we don’t typically consult one readily available tool. A deep dive into what the projections look like in the frame of historical statistical seasons.

What’s in a (Nick)Name: Why Russell Gage is the Right Caliber

Gage has the opportunity to do the former, with the Atlanta Falcons having the most vacated targets to fill at a whopping 258 (39.3%) and a not-insignificant 1285 air yards vacated. Many, including myself, expect Calvin Ridley to see a substantial uptick in targets this year. The additions of Hayden Hurst from the Ravens and Todd Gurley from the Rams will eat up a good portion of those homeless targets. That still leaves a healthy amount likely to go to the primary slot receiver, Russell "83" Gage.

King of the North: Team Breakdown of the NFC North

Kicking off the NFC North is last year's division champ and NFC title game runner-up. Matt Lafleur came in and immediately turned a stale franchise into a 13-3 home-field-advantage playoff team. However, with an improved and efficient defense, the typically offense-centric Packers failed to top 350 yards per game for the season. Outside of a monster year for Aaron Jones, the rest of the offense was mainly pedestrian outside of a few big games