The 2012 NFL Fantasy Football season is now three weeks old. If you have been paying close attention, some of the stats thus far from players who have been perennial first or second round picks have simply been mind blowing. It almost resembles bizarro world.
Players who went as top picks have been huge disappointments. Players who were not even drafted have climbed up their team’s depth charts and into fantasy team’s starting lineups. Turn everything upside down, and the fantasy football landscape has been even more difficult to predict than the erratically wrong calls by the replacement referees.
If you don’t believe me, just take a look at these quick hits as it relates to statistics from standard fantasy football scoring leagues.
* Aaron Rodgers was the overall No. 1 pick in many fantasy football drafts, including by me in one of my leagues. He was viewed as perhaps the safest pick at the top of any drafts. After three weeks, Rodgers is the No. 20 highest fantasy scoring QB. He is behind the likes of Andrew Luck, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton, Alex Smith and Jake Locker.
* In terms of other extremely disappointing QBs, Matthew Stafford is No. 19, Tony Romo is No. 22 and Philip Rivers is No. 26.
* As for RBs, I barely even feel the need to talk about Chris Johnson. He is so painfully bad that it is not even worth discussing the fact that he is the No. 52 RB with just 8 points. He is behind the likes of Jorvorskie Lane, Curtis Brinkley, Bilal Powell, Daryl Richardson, Joicque Bell and Andre Brown.
* Between injuries and ineffectiveness, RBs have always been a risk, but this year is so up and down it is almost impossible to rank players.
* As for the WRs, many of the top players are where you would expect them to be at this point. But not many people would have had Lance Moore, Jeremy Kerley, Andrew Hawkins and Kevin Ogletree ahead of Roddy White, Greg Jennings, Brandon Marshall and Larry Fitzgerald.
* Sticking with the WRs, how many people would have guessed that Cecil Shorts would have been ranked higher at this point than Wes Welker and Jordy Nelson? Or that Armon Binns has more points than Dez Bryant and Marques Colston?
If you were fortunate enough to have predicted all of this and then some, you must be sitting pretty so far in your fantasy football league.
If you were like me and drafted players such as Rodgers, White, Nelson and Marshall all in one league, a record of 0-3 is not all that surprising.