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Fantasy GMs that lean heavily on draft capital and recent production for their roster decisions are playing the odds. This is an important part of managing a fantasy football roster because it gives you a macro-level understanding of the ebb and flow of talent.
It limits avoiding errors rooted in ignorance. When leaned on exclusively, it also limits fantasy GMs from being ahead of the curve on players that can help you win games at a minimal cost.
The more homework you do to understand the factors that can lead to a player's emergence, the better you get at finding players who can help you before your peers recognize their value. The most important lesson that most people know but don't embrace: Every player who has earned consideration from an NFL team is talented.
For example, on the Audible's live podcast of the first round of the NFL Draft a few years ago, I stated that Daniel Jones was a fraud. The implication is that Jones was a fraud as a potential franchise starter worthy of a first-round selection, not that he lacked the talent to be in the league.
However, like most entertainment professions, fans have been conditioned to view talents from an all-or-nothing lens. They are great or they aren't worthy of the league. Another package of disposable commodities of pop culture. If the corporate machine isn't touting them, they are worthless.
This week, I'm sharing an exercise I undertake at least 2-3 times a year and that's generating players who are not in the collective consciousness of the fantasy community who are worth monitoring. When you operate on the presumption that every player who has earned consideration from an NFL team is talented, you are poised to embrace a second important lesson: player fit can have a huge role in elevating or diminishing the viability of talent.
Here's a list of 20 players below (or on the margins of) the collective fantasy radar. I'm listing them in ascending order of my level of interest over the next 6-12 months.
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