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Even after 15 years of playing fantasy football, I'm still learning. I plan on fixing my mistakes next year. Hopefully you'll be a better fantasy player in 2013, too. Here's what I learned this season:
One-hit wonders don't always develop into stars.
Did you pick up Kevin Olgetree after he exploded for Dallas in Week 1? Did you think Brandon Myers was the next Rob Gronkowski? Were you convinced Bryce Brown, after two great weeks, was the second coming of Adrian Peterson? All these players had one or two great games, then fizzled.
I realize NFL teams know how to adjust, so there are no surprises over an extended period of time. If a player is really good, he will be a good fantasy player. I learned not to be sucked in if someone has one or two good games.
These rookie quarterbacks are really good fantasy players.
I am like an old-school NFL coach when it comes to playing rookie quarterbacks: I need to see them play for a year before I jump on the fantasy bus. But this year Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson were outstanding. I learned if a rookie QB is really good, don't wait— play him right away.
50-yard field goals are now the norm, not the exception
Most fantasy leagues give bonus points for field goals of 50 yards or greater, so kickers are more valuable than ever. I learned to draft a kicker a round or two higher next year as those fifty yard field goals are so valuable, it could mean a couple of wins during the year.
Draft Adrian Peterson or Peyton Manning in the first round
I was skeptical of Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning having success after major injuries. Oh how wrong I was. I learned that if a team says a player is healthy and ready to play, you should have no problem drafting him. Even though Peterson's status was up in the air until the season opener, we had every indication he would play early in the season. Based on that, one should have had no problem picking him right away.
RedEye special contributor Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on 670-AM for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." Disagree with him? Tweet Dan @danrichmanffl.
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