People used to watch football games to watch their favorite teams perform on the field. Now Fantasy Football has transformed the 21st century into an “all stats and numbers game with players” by internet users.
A typical conversation of today’s football watching generation.
“Too bad our team lost today.”
“What are you talking about, my fantasy team won?”
“No, I meant the Jaguars.”
People are watching and tuning into games just to see how the player they “drafted” is doing. Kids, teenagers, and even adults these days are losing interest in having a favorite team. Cowboys fans have Robert Griffin lll as their quarterback, Vikings fans have Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback, and hey maybe Ravens fans have the Steelers defense. Why have a favorite NFL team when you can have a fantasy team, right?
Probably the biggest flaw with fantasy football is that it does not take into account garbage stats and clutch performance.
First, let’s look at garbage stats time. A good specific example comes from the Washington Redskins-Greenbay Packers game in week 2. Griffin had 320 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Great game right? Wrong! The Packers led the Redskins 31-0 in the third quarter and went into a prevent defense. But fantasy players around the world will argue relentlessly that Griffin had the “game of the century” because of his numbers. Newsflash: It’s not hard to pass against a prevent defense in the second half when you’re losing by 31 points. Fantasy football doesn’t take this into account.
Then, of course, there’s the clutch factor.
Quarterback A has 300 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Quarterback B has 300 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. According to fantasy football, these quarterbacks played exactly the same game from start to finish.
Sorry, but it doesn’t work like that. Quarterback A could have played great with a game-winning drive with less than a minute to go. Quarterback B could have thrown an interception on his final drive of the game. But again it doesn’t matter, late game heroics mean absolutely nothing; it’s all about what the final box score is with today’s viewers.
Previous Hall of Fame quarterbacks, such as John Elway, Troy Aikman, Joe Namath, and Terry Bradshaw, didn’t always put up great “fantasy numbers,” but they performed great when it mattered most.
General managers, scouts, and fans used to use the eye test and watch the games to see what players performed the best when it mattered most. Now Fantasy Football is king.
Aside from the above major flaws, there are also more mistakes within the game itself. Points awarded to the defenses are stressed more on turnovers than yards and points. Who cares if a defense gets a lot of picks and fumbles? In the end, points win games and that’s what should determine fantasy rankings. Then, of course, there’s the whole “I scored the second most points this week but I still lost” thing.
Philadelphia Eagles must be excited and loving life. They have the fourth best quarterback in the NFL, according to fantasy football.
Both Rex Grossman and Mark Sanchez have a higher career passer rating than Terry Bradshaw. John Elway has the 63rd highest passer rating in NFL history and Philip Rivers has the 6th best ever.  Well, there you have it; Sanchez and Grossman are better than Bradshaw and Philip Rivers is the sixth best quarterback ever. Unfortunately for Elway, Fantasy Football logic has you placed as the 63rd greatest quarterback of all time.
The bottom line is stats don’t always equal performance.