Friday, January 18, 2008

FANTASY FOOTBALL WINDS DOWN-FANTASY BASEBALL HEATS UP

The 2007 fantasy football season seemed to fly by in a blink of an eye with championship games held weeks ago. Some of you are competing in NFL playoff fantasy leagues, but it's still not quite the same as the NFL regular season competition with the focus now turning toward the Major League Baseball season in less than three months.
The legacy of the past fantasy football season will certainly be the injuries to elite players that effectively ruined many teams' chances for championship glory. Most of the players drafted in the top six spots had limited or very little impact. Larry Johnson, Steven Jackson, Shaun Alexander and Frank Gore were among the top running backs who ended up injured. Jackson was the only one who made an impact late in the season.
On the flip side, with so many injuries new stars emerged and that should make next season's draft very interesting. Running backs Adrian Peterson, Ryan Grant and Earnest Graham along with receivers like Anthony Gonzalez and Santonio Holmes made surprising impacts last the season.
Baseball is in the limelight now with most Web sites like cbs.sportsline.com, ESPN.com and yahoo.com signing up teams for baseball.
The baseball season also looks interesting with many players changing teams and some, like Alex Rodriguez, staying with their 2007 team.
Pitching looks interesting with veterans Dan Haren moving to Arizona and Dontrelle Willis heading to the Tigers.
One of the intriguing rookies to key on is outfielder Kosuke Fukudome of Japan. The Chicago Cubs picked him up and he's already being tabbed to hit in the No. 2 spot behind Alfonso Soriano.
Goodbye fantasy football, hello fantasy baseball.

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