Start your studs is one of the slogans in fantasy that needs to go. Not because you should overthink and potential avoid weekly matchup for the elite players in the NFL, but because this often leads to a complacent way of think, or just not thinking.
We fantasy players often assume we know too much, when in reality, the players we can truly count on from week-to-week start evaporating earlier in drafts than we think. Oftentimes, we draft with the confidence that we're securing every-week assets throughout the single-digit rounds. In all reality, we're acquiring multiple weekly options, not players we're locking in as starters the majority of weeks as soon as even the fourth round. Chaos coming in waves, whether it be underperformance or injuries, and the influence of weekly matchups makes the thought that we are rather laughable.
In some cases, the reality that these players may not be sure bets week-in-and-week-out hits as early as Week 1. There are at least four players going in the first four rounds in ADP (Fantasy Football Calculator) who, for one reason or another, I'm nervous about deploying in the first week of the season.
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