by: God (as told to his humble servant John Holler)
Editor's Note: Below you will find THREE of the TEN Fantasy Demandments for 2018 (they change every year). If you'd like to read all ten, please click HERE to order our 2018 Pre-Season Draft Guide.
"In the beginning, He that is God created fantasy football. He looked and said it was good." Genesis 17:52
For many years, He has parted the clouds and imparted wisdom to those who serve as his vessel to convey His message. A couple thousand years ago, it Moses who came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments – a guide to life that some, but far from all, still live by.
It may seem a tad sacrilegious for Him to have chosen John to impart His wisdom – some feel it is akin to a talking donkey or a squirrel that water skis – but, regardless of how improbable to the delivery point of His message is, the wisdom He wants you to know is sincere. Obey these simple rules and your chances of winning a championship will greatly increase.
The First Demandment
Thou Shalt Not Worship the Chosen Prophets – There was a time just a couple of years of ago that if you wanted to get an elite quarterback, you had to be prepared to jump quickly, because there were only three or four quarterbacks viewed as can’t-miss locks at the position. In just the last three years, the NFL has added Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Jameis Wintson, Marcus Mariota, Dak Prescott, Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes – not to mention a rookie class that included five first-round picks. For leagues that allow for long-term carryover at an increased price each year, this may be one of the best years to invest in a quarterback later on in the draft in hopes of grabbing the brass ring. For leagues that don’t allow players to be retained, this is the year to let them slide and don’t be the first to take a quarterback…or the second…or the third. This may be the best year in a long time to bide your time and find a pairing of quarterbacks that can be easily interchanged. The QB landscape is changing and He wants you to be aware of the tectonic shift before it is in full swing.
The Fifth Demandment
Thou Shalt Anoint the Righteous – There was a time less than five years ago that the running back cupboard was as bare as it had ever been. It had gotten to the point that running backs were even being selected in the first round because their collective value had dropped to the point that the position was viewed as disposable and starters or key role players could be found in the final two days of the draft without a significant investment. Since 2015, the NFL had added Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, David Johnson, Jay Ajayi, Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Jordan Howard, Alex Collins, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt and Marlon Mack – not to mention a 2018 draft that included Saquon Barkley, Rashaad Penny, Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, Ronald Jones, Kerryon Johnson and Darius Guice in the first two rounds. In the span of less than four years, the running back position has been completely overhauled. As such, there is still going to be a rush for the top guys in the first round, but the depth is deeper as it has been in a decade and value can be had throughout the draft. This may be the year to stockpile running backs because the depth of the class is so pronounced.
The Tenth Demandment
Thou Shalt Resist Temptation – There have been owners who have made a run at a title by overloading on one team. It hasn’t been unusual for owners to load up on Patriots or Steelers or Saints or the combination of two high-powered offenses. There has been a lot of empirical evidence to show that rosters laden with one of two teams can win divisions, but they almost never win championships. They can have a lot of strong weeks along the way, but, when you get to the playoffs, you’re required to have them come through for you every week. One misstep or low-scoring defensive battle dictated by cold, snow or wind can take an epic season and throw it away in the span of six hours on a December Sunday. The idea of having Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Stephen Gostkowski in the same lineup is tempting and will win you your share of games during the regular season. But, if you’re thinking it’s going to bring you to a championship, too many burned owners can testify otherwise.
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