It's all over now. You came, you saw, you got a buzz going and drafted. And you might've overreached a bit on a couple guys. But it happens. The question is: How bad did you empty the vaults and how overrated are the players you sprang for? With that in mind, the following are 15 extremely talented, super-good-at-football players who also happen to be the most grossly over-fawned fantasy quanitites owners have hitched their wagons to for the 2016 season. You're not wrong for picking them up, you're just not right.
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A decent fantasy option who comes with a STERN Boston Bro tax hike come draft time. Edelman was bid up by owners in auction leagues and drafted way too early in snake formats by the guy who owns “Make Harambe Alive Again.”
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Excellent talent. Primed for a breakout year. Still went for wayyy too much in auction drafts considering the Los Angeles Rams are the St. Louis Rams: Fievel Goes West edition.
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At this point you’re either on the Ertz Express or you’re not. But if you’re on the wagon, Ertz is facing an uphill battle with a rookie quarterback at the helm and the dazzling run relief of Ryan Mathews’ six-pack of hyper-aggressive carries per game.
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Mark Ingram is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the NFL backfield, and historical data suggests you must approach any New Orleans running back you encounter like a man trying to sell you clothing in an underpass.
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If you got Tom Brady for nickels on the dollar last year, you felt like Nostradamus crossbred with Usain Bolt on top of a mountain — and you should hold on to that feeling eternally. Brady was the gambler's golden cow for owners who went in early and hard on position players and took the late gamble on a then-suspended Touchdown Tom. Now that’s all over. Forever. Because even with his four-game suspension being definitely super-on, a subsection of ardent Brady believers in your league still overpaid/overreached on him as their eventual starting QB this season. You might’ve been able to get a value pick on him in snake formats, but if you were in an auction league you dropped too much for a guy who’s cheated natural law thus far and must eventually regress. (God, he’ll still be solid this year I can feel it in my bones.)
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By season’s end, Jim Irsay will dump what’s left of Frank Gore’s 300,000-mile used Subaru body into a vase for his gardenias.
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He ran at Kam Chancellor! TOP THREE BACK ALL-TIME!
Rodgers is extremely good, but if your brain tries to tell you he’s worth $45-plus or a third-round pick, bear-mace yourself and run through the nearest sliding door. Rodgers went for $67 in my two-QB auction league, and I had to wash my face just to keep going.
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Some jerk in your league took the Denver defense way too early. and I hope you threw unripe pears at him.
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The cutest thing about every auction draft I saw this year was the delicate pomp and ballet around Dez Bryant — a weird tiptoeing owners did around the Cowboys wide receiver that belied a deep and abiding conviction shared that Bryant is going to wreck house with Dak Prescott in Dallas. It started with the nominating — everyone avoided Bryant like they weren’t willing to fax their car title directly to Yahoo! for him. When the bidding did start, it was awkwardly slow for 15 seconds then boom — like a marlin hitting in deep water, you’re at 50 bucks and losing line for a Romo-less, DeMarco Murray-less, Jerry-ful Dez. He was overrated by our very attempts to falsely underrate him. If that makes sense.
He’s primed to hit his stride this year! Mariota’s got weapons now, and if the line holds up and DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry can help take some pressure off him he’ll be — [talking fades, the camera spins into darkness. “The Sound of Silence” begins to play].
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Cam went for above market value in a lot of drafts, and if you believe in the resurgence of Ted Ginn Jr. and Newton’s ability to vulture back some of those short-yardage, red zone touchdowns he hands out like turkeys to Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, he might be worth it. But you would find better ROI in a cheap, second-tier quarterback.
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Fun Fact: At any given time there are at least 12 Charles Sims playing backup running back for different teams around the league, and science has yet to explain it.
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The thought of getting a steal on a suspended Bell and unleashing him at full strength in Week 5 is the most narcotic fantasy football dream of 2016, and there’s a good chance there were several gamblers in your league hoping to make off in the night with arguably the NFL’s best back stashed on their roster for later. This thinking was founded on the idea that the combined speed bumps of last year’s knee injury and Bell’s four-game suspension would tank his stock like Enron, but as you saw: There is fantasy heroin on the table here, and Bell’s price/draft position did not dive off a cliff. He was taken early, and all I can say is overreaching on Bell was the hallmark of someone chasing the dragon and probably drafting inebriated. (It was me.) -- Dan is on Twitter pursuing the fantasy Falkor.