Stripe Hype Fantasy Football Preview

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Jan 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; The NFL shield and Nike swoosh at the Super Bowl XLVII Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls and children of all ages, proudly presents to you your first fantasy football preview of the summer! Please try to hold your applause until the end of the article. I’ve got a whole lot to say about everything that took us by surprise last season and the implications last year’s results may have this year in fantasy football. Being that this may take a while, I’m going to go ahead and get right into it.

Starting from the end of last season there are a few trends that need to be addressed as potentially fading or the next real deal in fantasy football.

1. The Era of the QB/TE fantasy draft is dead….. for now

After all of the hype before last season about a possible conclusion from the new passing era in the NFL being that QB’s and TE’s would become the new value picks in the first rounds of your fantasy drafts, it quickly dissipated after last season. Only 2 TE’s finished with enough points to be considered  in the top 20 WR’s. The new conclusion going into this season has to be that Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham are the only two TE’s worth drafting in the first four rounds. While the trend for QB’s is still on the rise and we may continue to see more QB’s taken in the first round again this year, TE’s should still largely be considered irrelevant in fantasy football and not be drafted until the latter part of your drafts this fall.