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Which player did you used to hate, but came to appreciate through fantasy?


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#1 Savatage79

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:51 AM

Was talking with my wife about this tonight, I was the worlds biggest hater of Tom Brady. I finally caved one year and picked him up... Was back in about 08 or 09, and I finally just accepted his greatness and rode to some nice cash with him on my teams. But I've come to just like Brady in general, wasn't a fan in the early 2000s and mid 2000s.

That is one thing that is awesome about fantasy is it allows one to get to know other plays a lot more and appreciate them.

Who are players you guys hated but come to love?

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:55 AM

Randy Moss.

Hated that he took so many plays off, so yappy, etc, but owning both ends of the Brady to Moss connection in 2007 as well as a then rookie Adrian Peterson was one of the more amazing things I've seen in fantasy football.
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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:57 AM

Eddie Lacy, but I suppose I didn't like him because of college football. Got me AJ Green though, so it all worked out. Really like all my guys though.

Edited by jbshaw, 19 November 2013 - 12:57 AM.

Touched By A DeAngelo 10 team Standardish

Draft Waiver/FA Trade

 

QB Ryan Tannehill, Bryan Hoyer, Brock Osweiler

WR Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson

RB Lamar Miller, DeAngelo Williams, Tevin Coleman, Antonio Andrews, Jay Ajayi, Karlos Williams

TE Jordan Reed

K Josh Brown

Def Broncos

 

Gone but not forgotten:  Arian Foster, Dion Lewis, Justin Forsett


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:01 AM

As a Steelers fan, I wasn't a fan of Ray Rice until I drafted him at the tail end of the 1st round this year (refused to own him in the past).

Now I still hate him, but for a very different reason. Namely for sucking, hard. Then having a rebound game a couple weeks after I trade him.
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12 Team Standard PPR league: QB, 2RBs, 2WRs, TE, R/W/T Flex.
Week 15 (Playoffs!):
QB: Kaepernick,
RBs: Stacy, Murray, L. Bell,
WRs: A. Brown, Garcon, K. Allen, Gordon, Patterson
TE:,J. Thomas, Pitta
K: Hartley
DEF: CAR/KC/BUF

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:03 AM

As a Steelers fan, I wasn't a fan of Ray Rice until I drafted him at the tail end of the 1st round this year (refused to own him in the past).

Now I still hate him, but for a very different reason. Namely for sucking, hard. Then having a rebound game a couple weeks after I trade him.


Same here man, rice is my second player on this list.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:08 AM

Romo, Dez, Brady, Welker

I'm an Eagles fan and always hated the Patriots yet ended up with Welker and Romo last year and Brady, Romo, and Dez this year.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:09 AM

as a Giants fan, Shady...

CBS 12 Team H2H Weekly League:

 

C: Wilson Ramos

1B: Anthony Rizzo

2B: Jonathan Schoop

SS: Francisco Lindor

3B: Kyle Seager

OF: Bryce Harper

OF: Jackie Bradley, Jr.

OF: J.D. Martinez

DH: Evan Gattis

 

SP: Chris Sale, Yu Darvish, Steven Matz, Mike Clevinger, Nick Tropeano

RP: Roberto Osuna, Hector Rondon

 

Bench: Rougned Odor, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Martinez, Rick Porcello, Marcus Stroman, Rugby De La Rosa, Jeremy Hellickson, Devon Travis (DL)

 

 


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:17 AM

I don't tend to have players on my teams that I hate. Case in point, I drafted and promptly dropped Big Ben.
12 person (2QB auction league)
QB: Eli Manning (NYG), Alex Smith (KC), Jason Campbell (Cle); Scott Tolzien (GB); Ryan Fitzpatrick (Ten)
WR: Jordy Nelson (GB), Michael Crabtree (SF), Riley Cooper (Phi); Rishard Matthews (Mia); Jericho Cotchery (Pit)

RB: Giovani Bernard (Cin), Shane Vereen (NE); Rashad Jennings (Oak)
TE: Tony Gonzalez (Atl)
K: Stephen Gostkowski
DEF: Carolina



12 person (standard league)
QB: Mike Glennon (TB); Russell Wilson (Sea)
WR: Demaryius Thomas (Den), Calvin Johnson (Det), Brandon Marshall (Chi), Keenan Allen (SD)
RB: Zac Stacy (StL), Steven Jackson (Atl), Andre Ellington (Ari), Andre Brown (NYG); Rashad Jennings (Oak)
TE: Rob Gronkowski (NE), Julius Thomas (Den)
K: Stephen Gostkowski
DEF: Houston

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:24 AM

Vincent Jackson comes to mind.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:26 AM

I don't tend to have players on my teams that I hate. Case in point, I drafted and promptly dropped Big Ben.


That's called thinking with your heart and not your brain. The objective is to win.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:05 AM

Julio Jones & Vincent Jackson.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:37 AM

just because I use someone as a fantasy player doesn't mean I don't hate them. Take Djax/Vick/Anyone dealing with Sean Peyton for example, just because I start them on my team cause they might put of points doesn't suddenly mean they aren't really crappy people.

in general I would say fantasy has only made me change a few times. Gronk and Roddy are ones that come mind.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:47 AM

I hated Marshawn Lynch for underachieving his first few years, but I drafted him a couple of years ago right before he broke out merely as a value pick that low in the draft. Turned into a beast halfway through the year and now he is money.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:10 AM

I never hated players before fantasy, so I feel quite opposite regarding this post. I can say without a doubt that I hate Darren McFadden (not from this year but years past), and there is no one I hate more than Phillip Rivers. I would draft him late the last 2 years and watch how bad he could play, only this year I don't drink the koolaid and the bitch starts to play like a top 5 qb all over again...I sometimes feel like there is a curse on me.
10 Team Standard (Passing TDs 6 pts)
QB - Aaron Rodgers
RB - Eddie Lacy, Doug Martin, Terrence West
WR - Keenan Allen, DeSean Jackson, Golden Tate, Terrence Williams
TE - Zack Ertz, Dennis Pitta
DEF - Cardinals
K - Dan Bailey

Fantasy Football the only game that implores 1% skill and 99% luck, and yet we spend long hours reading news and updates around the NFL from multiple outlets (ignoring our girlfriends/wives/children) hoping to improve our luck with that 1% of skill.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:29 AM

easy one for me: Cam Newton.

kid's hit the big time now, in both fantasy and reality fooz-ball. legit top tier talent/game, no matter how ya slice it.

he's actually making the dreck they've surrounded him with look good. that's a big hurdle to clear, and the kid has done it.

Make no mistake, he will be reckoned with deep into the playoffs this year. that team is all HIS, and the confidence being built up is amazing.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:30 AM

Eddie Lacy, or any packer player that does well on my team for that matter...

Dez Nuts (11-1)

12 Team 2 QB standard scoring

QB: Newton, Ryan

WR: Antonio Brown, Alshon, Dez

RB: Rawls, Freeman

TE: Kelce

W/R: Maclin

W/R/T: Gore

D/ST: St. Louis

K: Josh Brown

BN: Zach Ertz, Sam Bradford, Diggs, Lynch, Chris Thompson, Ajayi


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:10 AM

As a Jets fan I never draft Patriots, just can't bring myself to do it. Plus, if they work out I HAVE to like them? Cruel world.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:36 AM

DeSean Jackson. I used to think he was an arrogant douche. He's grown on me a lot - the skills are obvious and he seems to have matured.

Edited by LukeIV, 19 November 2013 - 09:36 AM.

12 Team Standard Scoring - "The Brady Bunch" (6-1) (1st place)

QBs: Tom Brady*,

RBs: TJ Yeldon,  Devonta Freeman*, Justin Forsett*, Giovani Bernard, Ronnie Hillman, LeGarrette Blount
WRs: Demaryius Thomas*, Larry Fitzgerald*, Dez Bryant, Jarvis Landry, Stefon Diggs
TEs: Delanie Walker*

DEF: Panthers* 

K: Robbie Gould*

(* denotes starters)


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:42 AM

Easily Arian Foster. Even though I've never had him on any of my teams

Following college football, I used to think that he was a big hindrance to the UT roster until Hardesty became the lead back.
Then in the NFL, him winning over Ben Tate in camp also made me dislike him that year.Then followed the attitude and the random twitter chastising.

But over time, his work-ethic and his selfless play was reflected in his numbers and I've come to admire him even if it is begrudging.

Edited by qu1xand, 19 November 2013 - 09:42 AM.

Primary - 8th Year Keeper, H2H, 12 Team Custom ESPN League

QB Aaron Rodgers K - Trade (Wilson, Blount, & Crowell for Rodgers & Perriman)
RB Ronnie Hillman - Draft
RB Chris Johnson - WA
WR Odell Beckham Jr. K - Keeper
WR Tavon Austin - WA
TE Tyler Eifert - Draft
FLEX Thomas Rawls - WA
D/ST Broncos - Draft
 
BENCH
Christine Michael - Draft
Dorial Green-Beckham - Draft
Duke Johnson Jr. - Trade (Duke Johnson, Jordan Reed, for Calvin Johnson)
Derek Carrier - WA
Ahmad Bradshaw - WA
Chris Givens - WR
 
IR
Jordy Nelson* WR
Davante Adams*
($100 WA Budget - $70 remaining)

 


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:43 AM

Seconded on DeSean, his teammates love him; the inteviews following the return against the Giants are testament to how much they do.

Primary - 8th Year Keeper, H2H, 12 Team Custom ESPN League

QB Aaron Rodgers K - Trade (Wilson, Blount, & Crowell for Rodgers & Perriman)
RB Ronnie Hillman - Draft
RB Chris Johnson - WA
WR Odell Beckham Jr. K - Keeper
WR Tavon Austin - WA
TE Tyler Eifert - Draft
FLEX Thomas Rawls - WA
D/ST Broncos - Draft
 
BENCH
Christine Michael - Draft
Dorial Green-Beckham - Draft
Duke Johnson Jr. - Trade (Duke Johnson, Jordan Reed, for Calvin Johnson)
Derek Carrier - WA
Ahmad Bradshaw - WA
Chris Givens - WR
 
IR
Jordy Nelson* WR
Davante Adams*
($100 WA Budget - $70 remaining)