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June 23, 2014

Fantasy Football Fix: Take another look at last year’s heartbreakers

It’s summertime, and once again we feature a series by writer Eric Harris about how to get the most out of your fantasy football selections for the upcoming season.

Back before the world had been exposed to its first Corona-induced fantasy football draft party, Mark Twain made a statement: “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.”

Well Mark, much has changed since you gave birth to your famous words. People still hand their hard-earned money over to the government year after year, until their time on this big marble runs out. You were right about that.

But some 160 years later, a third certainty could be added: With enough time, people — even prideful fantasy football owners — inevitably forgive and forget.

It happens every year: “can’t-miss” fantasy ballers prove everyone wrong and miss, often without so much as a half-hearted swing. That doesn’t mean you should discard their names from your draft board the following season, though.

In fact, the slump can tarnish their names enough to keep them around a little longer than their talent would suggest. This presents owners with great value picks that can make all the difference on a roster.

While you are trash-talking your buddies about the ridiculous amount of Cheetos they have consumed at this year’s draft party, remember to let the past go. Forgive these men for losing their way last season.

ARIAN FOSTER, Houston RB: This guy definitely broke some hearts in 2013. Foster had finished the three previous seasons ranked no lower than fourth among running backs. As his Texans found themselves in the cellar of the league last year, Foster followed suit and fell out of relevance in the fantasy world, due in large part to injuries. But with Ben Tate no longer there to take touches away, a healthy Foster should get back to his old ways in 2014. Likely place in a 12-team draft: Round 2

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