Randy Moss Personified Fantasy Football

Minneapolis Star Tribune

For a generation of football fans, fantasy football has shaped how we understand the game. It forces us to keep track of more than just our favorite team, it gives us a tangible way to appreciate the best players in the league, and it brings the game to life for tens of millions of fans each week. More than anything, it gives us a vested interest in guys we'd otherwise ignore.

Of course, "fantasy" football is actually rooted firmly in reality. One player's highlights may dazzle us more than another, but the raw numbers tell us that someone like Arian Foster is every bit as valuable as someone like Chris Johnson. Fantasy football turns us all into GMs, which is really just a nice way of saying it turns us all into cynics. Instead of...

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