NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to expand the regular season from 16 to as many as 18 games, possibly in time for the 2011 season.
If this brilliant idea comes to fruition, it would eliminate two preseason games and possibly move the start of the regular season into August.
It would also mean at least one more week of fantasy football action.
In most traditional formats where six teams reach the postseason, the fantasy regular season would last 14 weeks with the postseason starting in Week 15 and running until Week 17, which would become the new fantasy championship week.
Imagine playing fantasy football from July (when more drafts would occur) to December or January — you’ve got to love it!
The one negative to this scenario is the increased risk of injuries to prominent fantasy players, which would make the waiver wire even more important.
Furthermore, more NFL teams would utilize multiple backs in prominent roles.
Backfield committees have caused owners major headaches (if you owned Willis McGahee in 2008, you know exactly what I mean), and the addition of two regular-season games would make this concept even more popular across the league.
That would make one of the most-notable draft strategies, the backfield handcuff, even more important in that quest for a championship.
Overall, though, fans should applaud Goodell for this idea. The more NFL and fantasy football, the better if you ask me!