Any fantasy analyst who is even kind of competent will tell you it is important to watch the games. You can learn a lot about a player from watching games and hearing what the broadcasters have to say about him. That applies to all sports, but I think it is especially important for fantasy football.

No matter how hard we try, we have not developed any stats that are able to accurately portray a player's performance independent of his teammates. The only way to get a somewhat accurate picture of a player's actual talent and skill is to watch the games.

It is extremely important to get an idea of how good these players are, because of two related factors.

  1. Player's situations change drastically from year to year, not to mention during the season. And on top of that…
  2. We are terrible at predicting what situations are good before the season starts.

Remember at this time last year, when everyone thought the Bears were going to be the new Rams, and set the world on fire?...