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The strange and unusual 2008 fantasy season

Of the preseason top-12 based on ADP (Average Draft Position), only one finished in the top-12 in this year's scoring - Adrian Peterson.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The season is over, the awards have been handed out, now it's time to take a quick look back at the 2008 NFL fantasy season. We will do more in depth studies in the future.

The first thing that strikes me is how unpredictable the season was. It started when the best quarterback in the league, Tom Brady, lasted less than one quarter before his season ended with a knee injury and finished with LaDainian Tomlinson finally doing what was expected of him in Week 17 against Denver (a week which didn't count for most owners) after disappointing them for most of the first 16 weeks.

Of the preseason top-12 based on ADP (Average Draft Position), only one finished in the top-12 in this year's scoring - Adrian Peterson. In fact, only Peterson and Brian Westbrook (14th overall) finished in the top-20.

Three of the five quarterbacks who led fantasy football in scoring, were drafted after the sixth round (Jay Cutler ADP 83, Philip Rivers ADP 117, Kurt Warner ADP 127).

Despite nine of the 12 first-round picks in your league likely having been running backs, four of the top-five scorers at the position were drafted in the fourth round or later (DeAngelo Williams ADP 84, Michael Turner ADP 43, Matt Forte ADP 70, Thomas Jones ADP 35).

Three of the top-five wide receivers were drafted in the third round or later (Roddy White ADP 65, Anquan Boldin ADP 37, Steve Smith ADP 29).

Basically what this says is that we as fantasy owners, didn't do a very good job of drafting in the first few rounds. We had better all study more, or begin using different theories, as we approach next season.

NameADP Top-12Scoring Wk 1-Wk 16Rank Wk 1 - Wk 16
LaDainian Tomlinson1.420925
Adrian Peterson2.42528
Brian Westbrook2.823214
Joseph Addai4.7102145
Steven Jackson5.216851
Tom Brady5.83454
Marion Barber6.920030
Randy Moss8.620030
Frank Gore9.218642
Clinton Portis10.421422
Terrell Owens11.619038
Marshawn Lynch11.819434

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