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Preseason: Coming to an End

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The start of the regular season is just around the corner. All of my drafts are complete so now I can focus on Week 1. There are a few preseason games yet to be played and I am surprised that some teams will allow some of their key starters to suit up. With some of the injuries and close calls we’ve had during the preseason, I can’t believe that any coach would risk playing key guys. I will hold my breath that none of the guys I’ve drafted get hurt. Like I wrote about in my previous article, there is nothing worse than starting the year with one of your early draft picks hurt or gone for the season.

The preseason for fantasy generates a ton of hype and rumors about players. One guy gets practice reps or starts in a game over another and the forums and social media are buzzing with that player’s name. Hear about a guy missing practice or he leaves a game with an injury and the storm of panic sweeps the fantasy nation. When it is all said and done, what matters is who will be suiting up for Week 1 of the regular season.

Don’t let preseason statistics fool you. Many of the players that are listed in the top 10 during the preseason sometimes don’t even get to sniff the field during the regular season. There are some gems to be found like last season when Alfred Morris and Stevan Ridley were playing well in the preseason but the majority of the guys never amount to much. Last preseason, guys like William Powell, Nate Eachus and Keith Toston were unknown players that played will in preseason but were irrelevant during the regular season. Other players such as Anthony Dixon, Justin Forsett and Robert Turbin received the preseason hype of players that could be sleepers and see some playing time. Some of these guys went drafted in leagues only to find their way back to the waiver wire. How many of you wasted a draft pick on players like Isaiah Pead, Lance Ball, Mike Goodson, Alex Green, Taiwan Jones or Evan Royster?

There were receivers too that were deemed sleepers but didn’t pan out. Players such as Jon Baldwin, Jerome Simpson, Taiwan Jones, Dexter McCluster, Titus Young, Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris all made it to rosters but didn’t pan out.

It makes me wonder about this season’s crop of players that are on the hype train such as running backs Isaiah Pead once again, Stepfan Taylor, Knile Davis, Zac Stacy, Joseph Randle, Christine Michael and Johnathan Franklin. Wide receivers such as DeAndre Hopkins, Kenbrell Thompkins, Michael Floyd, Rueben Randle, Aaron Dobson, Robert Woods, Kenny Stills and Brian Quick are all expected to produce this year.

This season for the most part, I have very few rookies that I am counting on. Players such as Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy and Tavon Austin did not make it to my roster. I ended up dodging a bullet with Bell as he will miss games at the start of the season due to injury.

As I wait for next week to begin, setting my lineups and making any last-minute tweaks, I decided I wanted to do something different in 2013 and that is play some of these daily/weekly leagues that are becoming so popular these days. I joined FanDual and will include my experience with these types of leagues periodically in my articles.

The first contest I entered is the Week 1 $100,000 Sunday Bomb. It awards $15,000 for first place and awards prizes to 400th place. It only cost $25 to join. That is not a bad way to start the fantasy season if I can get a win.

For anyone that is interested, new users who use the promo code SHARKS when they sign up will get a 100 perccent deposit bonus up to $200.
 
This is the link to the $100K Sunday Bomb

Next week it’s back to business as usual for the Brew Crew Corner. I look forward to 2013 and hope to help you along the way.

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