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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.

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QB: Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Michael Floyd, Terrance Williams, James Jones, Aaron Dobson, Kenny Stills
RB: Montee Ball, Demarco Murray, Zac Stacy, Lance Dunbar, Knile Davis, Terrance West, Lamar Miller
TE: Jordan Cameron, Heath Miler
K; Stephen Gostkowski
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LB: Jerod Mayo, Karlos Dansby, Derrick Johnson, Daryl Smith, Jerrell Freeman
CB: DeAngelo Hall, Cortland Finnegan, Corey Graham
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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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WRs: A. Brown, Garcon, K. Allen, Gordon, Patterson
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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...
(2) 14 team 0.5 PPR:

QB: Matt Ryan
RB: Eddie Lacy, Joique Bell
WR: Dez Bryant, Roddy White, Keenan Allen
TE: Dennis Pitta
FLEX: Jeremy Hill
K: Dan Carpenter
DST: New Orleans
Bench: Kendall Wright, James Starks, Markus Wheaton, Darren McFaddden, Travis Kelce

QB: Matt Ryan
RB: Matt Forte, Bernard Pierce
WR: Antonio Brown, Randall Cobb
TE: Dennis Pitta
FLEX: Joique Bell
K: Dan Bailey
DST: Baltimore
Bench: Ben Tate, Donald Brown, Steve Smith, Larry Donnell, Buffalo DST
RES: Josh Gordon

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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



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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.


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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.
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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...
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WR: Megatron, Cruz, MIchael Floyd
RB: Ball, Ellington
TE: Graham
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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.

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QB1: Peyton Manning QB2: Tony Romo
RB1: Montee Ball RB2: Andre Ellington RB/WR: Darren Sproles
WR1: Antonio Brown WR2: Brandin Cooks
TE: Rob Gronkowski
LB: DeAndre Levy DL: JJ Watt DB: Morgan Burnett D/ST:Colts
K: Dan Carpenter
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RB1: Eddie Lacy RB2: Shane Vereen WR/RB: Andrew Hawkins
WR1: Jordy Nelson WR2: Pierre Garcon
TE: Antonio Gates
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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.

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Primary - 6th Year Keeper, H2H, Expanded 12 Team Standard League
QB: Tom Brady
RB: CJ_K;A.Peterson
RB/WR:C.Ivory
WR: D.Bryant;C.Johnson
TE:R.Gronkowski
D/ST:Stream (Week 11:Jets)
K: Dude
Bench: D.Davis;D.Johnson;Panthers D/ST;C.Patterson;T.Gerhart;

Keepers: CJ_K (Draft-2007), AP (Pre-draft traded previous keeper Ray Rice and Percy Harvin-2012).
2013 Draft Order: L.Fitz, C.Ivory, A.Bradshaw, D.Richardson, L.Bell, J.Gordon, J.Cutler, Z.Sudfeld, P.Harvin, S.Bradford, C.Patterson, Broncos D/ST, Kicker. ($100 WA Budget - $20 remaining)

Week 2 - A.Bradshaw+K.Winslow (WA) + J.Cutler --> T. Brady (Owner with Eli/Ryan)
Week 3 - L.Bell+D.Richardson --> V.Jackson (Owner with A.Brown and T.Smith, lost Vereen to IR)
Week 5 - V.Jax + KC D/ST (WA) + A.Ellington (WA) --> Calvin Johnson
Week 6 - J.Blackmon (WA) --> K.Britt (Drop post Deadline)
Week 6 - J.Gordon+D.Woodhead (WA)+C.Clay (WA) --> R.Gronkowski (Owner with Gates)
Week 11 - L. Fitzgerald+P.Harvin+S.Vereen (WA)+C.Ogbonnaya (WA) --> D.Bryant (Owner lost Foster, has Rice and Stewart as other RBs)

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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 - 6th Year Keeper, H2H, Expanded 12 Team Standard League
QB: Tom Brady
RB: CJ_K;A.Peterson
RB/WR:C.Ivory
WR: D.Bryant;C.Johnson
TE:R.Gronkowski
D/ST:Stream (Week 11:Jets)
K: Dude
Bench: D.Davis;D.Johnson;Panthers D/ST;C.Patterson;T.Gerhart;

Keepers: CJ_K (Draft-2007), AP (Pre-draft traded previous keeper Ray Rice and Percy Harvin-2012).
2013 Draft Order: L.Fitz, C.Ivory, A.Bradshaw, D.Richardson, L.Bell, J.Gordon, J.Cutler, Z.Sudfeld, P.Harvin, S.Bradford, C.Patterson, Broncos D/ST, Kicker. ($100 WA Budget - $20 remaining)

Week 2 - A.Bradshaw+K.Winslow (WA) + J.Cutler --> T. Brady (Owner with Eli/Ryan)
Week 3 - L.Bell+D.Richardson --> V.Jackson (Owner with A.Brown and T.Smith, lost Vereen to IR)
Week 5 - V.Jax + KC D/ST (WA) + A.Ellington (WA) --> Calvin Johnson
Week 6 - J.Blackmon (WA) --> K.Britt (Drop post Deadline)
Week 6 - J.Gordon+D.Woodhead (WA)+C.Clay (WA) --> R.Gronkowski (Owner with Gates)
Week 11 - L. Fitzgerald+P.Harvin+S.Vereen (WA)+C.Ogbonnaya (WA) --> D.Bryant (Owner lost Foster, has Rice and Stewart as other RBs)




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