Social (Fantasy) Network: Lesson plans

Alas, we have come to the end.

It’s been 16 weeks of triumphs, defeats, inspirations and frustrations. Now we boot up the Social (Fantasy) Network one last time to talk about all that we’ve learned here together. That’s right, it’s like those hokey, last-day-of-school pseudo-essays your teacher makes you write as a de facto evaluation of your time in class. The difference here is that this is actually fun. And it’s only 140 characters.

As always, I’ve culled some of your many tweets and tried my best to distill them down into a handful of important fantasy life lessons that you can take with you into the future. This is where I’d normally include a Dr. Seuss quote and something about blazing your own individual path, but then I’d be less likely to be invited to any fantasy graduation parties.

So…what is the biggest thing you’ve learned this fantasy season?

We picked Mathews for this one, but you could replace that with Darren McFaddenChris Johnson or any other fantasy player that has repeatedly failed to live up to his potential. Eventually, we’ll learn to look past the names and realize that a Nutrition Extractor is just an overpriced blender.

Consider this an extension of the previous lesson. You may forever have a soft spot in your heart for Larry Fitzgerald, but after he takes over the NFL lead in watching passes bounce at his feet it’s okay to cut the cord.

Adam Rank has taught you well, grasshopper. There’s a reason guys rise to the level of fantasy football stud. There’s also a reason you drafted them highly. Trust in your early round talent and (more often than not) you’ll be rewarded.

This has been a common refrain from Michael Fabiano in recent weeks. It’s cliché to call the NFL a quarterback’s league, but it’s the truth. That also means you can find a quality passer in the third round and beyond. But finding a top notch fantasy back in the middle rounds? You’ll have an easier time completing the Cinnamon Challenge.

Every part of this tweet speaks for itself.

This is an underrated part of fantasy football. Being able to take advantage of soft spots in the schedule while avoiding players who are facing tough stretches could be the difference between a winning streak and a losing streak. But if you’re talking about some of your studs, well…see above.

Yes. Yes you should.

I put these two together because they are the essence of fantasy football. We do our best every week to give you sound advice based on matchups, statistics and trends. But when kickoff occurs your feeling is the one that matters most. Study hard, but trust your intuition. And always remember…it’s called the No Figure League for a reason.

Usually, I give the final word to one of you. But this week, indulge me a bit of selfishness as I keep it for myself. I’d like to thank my bosses for allowing me a space every week to step out of the start ’em/sit ’em box that all of us here occupy for the majority of the week. It’s been a blast this season to geek out about topics as varied as beer and cartoons. Hopefully it’s been as fun for you to read as it has been for me to write.

Finally, a huge debt of gratitude goes out to all of you who participated each and every week. I literally could not have written this without all of you. Well, maybe I could have…but it wouldn’t have been nearly as good. It’s been fun interacting with so many of you. My only regret was that I couldn’t include more of your tweets every week. Believe me, they were quite entertaining. So, simply and sincerely — thank you.

Wow. It got kinda dusty in here.

Anywho … if there’s a fantasy football lesson that I failed to include, hit it in the comments section. While this is the final Social (Fantasy) Network of the season, we’re certainly not finished. Keep an eye out for plenty of new content all during the offseason. And don’t be afraid to stop by just to say hello once in awhile.

— Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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