10 Things to be Thankful for this Fantasy Football Season
Thanksgiving is one of the most special holidays of the entire year. Families from all over the country come together to give thanks and share a special meal with the people closest to them. Family members take flights from all ends of the US, while other spend countless hours traveling in a rental car just to get a bite of grandma’s sweet potato pie.
The chefs spend hours on end preparing turkey, countless pie, cranberries, mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits, stuffing, and even ham. However, the other thing associated with the yearly gorging of turkey and pie has always been the hard-hitting sport of football.
Fantasy football has become the most popular fantasy sport, so it is obvious that a holiday that revolves around the sport will be a thorn in the side of any fantasy wife.
Not to mention that there is now three games each Thanksgiving Thursday, which only gives us fantasy junkies another reason to obsess about the holiday. There are some amazing games this year, all of which feature some pretty spectacular fantasy talent.
Besides the amazing slate of games this Thursday, there are also several other things to thankful for this Thanksgiving. The NFL has seen several young stars enter the game, like Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, and Doug Martin.
The 2012 fantasy season has also had some veterans, like Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson, return to fantasy dominance after some serious injuries
So while stuffing your belly with turkey and biscuits this Thanksgiving, make sure to check out my top-10 things to be thankful for this fantasy football season:
10. Some True Fantasy Studs will be Playing on Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving there is going to be some true fantasy studs taking the field. Below is a quick glimpse at the fantasy talent that will be ripping it up on Turkey Day:
QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots – It doesn’t get any better than one of the best quarterbacks against one of the worst defenses.
QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – RG3 has already proven to be a fantasy stud in just his first season.
QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – After a slow start, Stafford has thrown four touchdowns in his last two games.
RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans – Foster is hands down the best running back in the game.
RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins – Morris is currently ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing.
WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans – Johnson hauled in a ridiculous 273 yards and a game-winning touchdown last weekend.
QB Tim Tebow, New York Jets – That’s right, I went there.
9. There is Always Next Season
With the fantasy football season already entering Week 12, there is a large population of owners that are already thinking about next year. It may seem a bit cliché, but there is always next year. There is no shame in throwing in the cards for next season if you are already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
8. There was Some Great Waiver Wire Pickups This Year
This season there have been dozens of successful free agent pickups. Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris is currently fifth in the NFL with 869 rushing yards, and the rookie went undrafted in a large number of leagues.
Also guys like RB Stevan Ridley, WR James Jones, WR Randall Cobb, WR Golden Tate, and TE Heath Miller have all put together strong seasons despite not being drafted in the majority of fantasy formats this summer. These players are having career seasons and were added to millions of fantasy rosters by a simple click of the mouse.
7. Terrell Owens is Still Unemployed
Six-time Pro Bowl receiver, Terrell Owens, was on the Seattle Seahawks this preseason, but the team parted ways with the receiver just before the 2012 season kicked off. Owens is still talking about playing and looks to be in playing shape, but teams have always been hesitant to sign him due to his attitude. Since he is about to turn 39 years old, it may be time to for Owens to start focusing on his acting career.
6. A. J. Green's Monster Season
Green had a strong rookie campaign last season, as he finished the year with 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns. However, Green has greatly surpassed all expectations in his sophomore season, as he has haled in 10 touchdowns through the first 10 games of the season. Green has matured into the most consistent fantasy football receiver in the game and has carried his share of fantasy teams this season.
5. Fantasy Emergence of Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III has taken the fantasy world by storm this season, as he averaged 315 all-purpose yards over his first three games and scored seven touchdowns. He has since leveled out, but is still putting up spectacular fantasy numbers on a week-to-week basis. RG3 has earned a starting spot in fantasy as a rookie and will anchor many fantasy teams down the stretch this season.
4. Real Referees Came Back
The replacement refs were even worse than advertised, as they seemingly blew call after call. It was an utter disaster, evident by the publicized Fail Mary on Monday night, so the season would have only gotten worse if the real refs did not come back. Just be thankful that the replacement refs are a distant memory this Thanksgiving.
3. Peyton Manning is Healthy
Very few fantasy owners’ thought that Manning would return to his former MVP-form following yet another off-season neck surgery, but he has quickly put all doubt to rest. Manning has thrown for 24 touchdowns and 2,975 yards this year and is once again an elite fantasy option.
2. Arian Foster's Fantasy Production
Foster has proven to be the only top-5 running back from this past year’s draft that has lived up to his hype. Foster has scored 12 touchdowns (10 rushing and 2 receiving) through the first 10 games of the 2012 season and is leading the position in total fantasy points. Foster is also ranked fourth in the NFL with 949 rushing yards. He is putting up the numbers that everyone thought he would and it is nice to see that at least one first round running back is living up to his draft value.
1. Family, Friends, and Fantasy Football
Many people may automatically associate Thanksgiving with a couple extra football games to watch, but it is also about family and being with the ones that you care about most. So enjoy the football, but also enjoy the company of your surrounding loved ones.