Every football season is filled with surprises and new trends to watch out for the upcoming season. In this article, I will touch upon the top three takeaways from the 2016 football season that should be a trend to watch for in this upcoming 2017 season.
RB’s are alive and well.
Going into the 2016 season, all the buzz was around wide receivers (WR’s). Almost every football-based article, blog, and television show was anointing either Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown as the overall number one pick to take in fantasy football drafts. Even yours truly, said it was a “no-brainer” to take Antonio Brown with the first overall pick.
There were 12 different RB’s who surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark in the 2016 season. 10 different RB’s had 10 or more combined TD’s for the 2016 season. But more importantly, there were 22 different RB’s that combined for over 1,000 total yards on the season.
Kickers are more important than you think.
Most people wait until the last couple of rounds of their fantasy football draft to pick up a Kicker. That should be a trend to change in the upcoming football season. There were 138 missed field goals last season, and 68 missed and/or blocked extra points for the 2016 season. There was ONLY one team that did not miss a single field goal or extra point in 2016 – that team was the Baltimore Ravens. Now think back to your fantasy team last year. Did you lose any games by less than 3 points? Imagine to yourself if you had snagged a more consistent Kicker in round 9, instead of who was leftover in round 14. How many more games would you have won last year? Would you have made the playoffs? Hell, it might have even cost you a championship.
The Atlanta Falcons will not recover from their meltdown.
There are a lot of “sexy” fantasy sports names on the Atlanta Falcons. Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, and Taylor Gabriel were all fantasy breakout stars last season. Some were consistent all season, while others were plug-and-play matchups. The Falcons looked as if they were going to blowout the New England Patriots in the biggest game of the season. That was until Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots woke up in the middle of the third quarter of the game and did not look back.
Not only did the Falcons lose their guru Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, but Julio Jones also suffered yet another foot injury. This is something to monitor since Jones has had countless foot injuries over his short career. I am expecting the Falcons to struggle without one of the best OC in the game, as well as shake the hangover from the brutal loss in the biggest game of the year.