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15 Fantasy Predictions Everyone Is Making (That Are Totally Wrong)

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Where do we go when we die? 

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Let me take a step back.

In writing, one of the most effective ways to make a point is to begin with a universal statement. Something that everyone can agree with, like “breathing is essential for good health,” or “beer is best served in a chilled glass.” Then, bit by bit, the writer shows how this general statement relates to his or her much more specific point. So, rest assured, fantasy football strategy is intrinsically connected to my spiritually ponderous opening statement…

So, where do we go when we die?

We don’t have any evidence related to the answer for this question. Yet, if you were to ask the average Earth person, they would give you a definitive answer. More than half the people in the world would even insist that their statement on the afterlife is correct, even though many of these statements directly contradict the firmly believed statements of others. How does that happen? How does our speculation on a future situation become, in the minds of many, an incontrovertible fact?

It all starts with an event, or a school of thought.

Frequently, someone witnesses what they believe to be a miracle, and that becomes the foundation for a belief. Others hear of this miracle, and subscribe to the belief even though they themselves didn’t witness the miracle.

Other times, someone comes to a firm belief based on a set of logical rules. For instance, if we desire nothing, the afterlife will not be disappointment since we have no desires to become unfulfilled.

The key thing these have in common is the element of hope. It is human nature, when confronted with pure ambiguity, to be inclined to believe in a school of thought that provides hope. This is true whether we are talking about the afterlife or fantasy football.

Before the football season begins, all we have is ambiguity. No one knows for sure how the season will play out, statistically. So it is only natural that we should crave some sort of event or system of rules that gives us hope. A player makes a miraculous preseason play, which gives us hope for a breakout year, even if we didn’t witness the play ourselves, but heard about it from someone else. Or someone comes up with a rule that brings order into the swirling miasma that is the speculative fantasy football landscape. This is how we get ideas like “Derrius Heyward-Bey isn’t a complete waste job of a fantasy pick,” or, “zero-RB is always the best strategy this season.”

But, as the preseason drags on and news gets slow, people tend to conglomerate toward a few schools of thought, a few reasons for hope. After a few weeks of watching third stringers play football with less gusto than my three-year-old twins have when they put cardboard boxes on their heads and run full speed into each other, people need their hopes to become true, lest they go crazy. This is how these amazing plays and new-era strategies make the leap from optimistic speculation into unfounded certainty.

With that in mind, I took a look at 15 currently popular fantasy football opinions that made the leap from theory to popular certainty for no other reason than the formula of small sample sizes plus time increases unjustified feelings of confidence.

For more great galleries, click these links while egotistically relating the biggest questions of the universe to your own hobby:

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