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Stating the Obvious

The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say – because they were too obvious.” – Andre Gide

Traps are being set everywhere. Fantasy owners are falling in to those traps by the hundreds. The smeared peanut butter of those traps include works like “sleeping giants” and “outsmarting the competition.” They are grand words that please the eye and put a wrench in to the obvious.

“Omaha, Omaha…New York Bozo…The Beacons are Lit.”

Aaron Rodgers will be the safest quarterback selection of 2015. Over the last three full seasons, Rodgers has averaged the following numbers – 4,439.66 passing yards, 40.66 touchdowns, 6.33 interceptions, 261.66 rushing yards, and 2.33 touchdowns on the ground. The most obviously glaring stat is his low interception rate. Meanwhile, perceived first overall quarterback Andrew Luck has an interception rate more than double that rate at 14.3 in three full seasons.

Thankfully, I’m lucky enough to be able to eat ice cream. I’ve got to have my cookies and cream! But I work out a lot, so I burn a lot of calories.”

Adrian Peterson will come back with a vengeance and be a top-three running back in fantasy again. Yes, his off the field troubles bother me, especially as a father of two. However, there is no mistaking the fact that he is just on another level in terms of individual talent; hence why the Vikings did not succumb to the pressure and part ways with their end-zone beast. Yeah, another 1,400+ yards and double-digit touchdown-season is obviously in the cards.

Wait, wait, wait… When did this happen?!?”

Antonio Brown will be the top wide receiver, hands up? Odell Beckham may grab another Eli Manning bomb with three fingers, but Antonio Brown will be the best wide receiver for fantasy owners in 2015. He can catch, run, pass and kick, and his stock line is trending towards Apple levels. It will be hard for him to best 129 receptions, 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns, but it will also be hard to bet against a scrappy Brown, who seems to get better every year.

Best dancer? I mean, since I’m the only one who really whips out my dance moves, I’d have to go with myself.”

Rob Gronkowski is worth a late first round selection, even if he does not stay healthy. I never thought I would say this about a tight end, especially about one who defines and expresses every aspect of the song “Uptown Funk.” I just cannot ignore the whole package Gronk brings to the gridiron every time he laces up the cleats. He is an unstoppable force at times who is surrounded by Patriot mediocrity at the wide receiver position, and he still gets it done with style. “…Julio, get the stretch!”

“I play right side outside, right now, but I’m continuing to learn conceptually the whole deal, because that is how we work here. It’s by formation and different people will be in different formations. And that’s how we sugar coat what we do…That’s just the game of football nowadays. It’s about window dressing some of your staple concepts and that’s what we’ll do.” – NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor will be the most impactful player among rookies in fantasy. Before the draft, I had Agholor ranked as one of the top five players who can pick up on any system and be a force in his first year. Now, he jumps in to a starting role formerly occupied by Jeremy Maclin, in an uptempo offense, and continues to talk like a 10-year veteran. If you are looking for a close comparison, look no further than Isaac Bruce in his first year as a starter in 1995.

As you can see, if you can walk, talk, and chew bubble gum, then you can play fantasy with the big boys. You just have to know the obvious, so that you can be smart about the not-so-obvious.

Eric Huber is a contributing writer for Fantasy Sharks.

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