The Impact of the CBA/Lockout for Fantasy Football in 2011

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to roll two of your favorite holidays into one day? Whichever holidays you choose, you can be assured it would be exciting, frenetic and chaotic all at the same time. Well with the NFLPA ready to ratify the new CBA this week, the NFL 2011 season will be thrust upon us in much the same fashion with free agency and camps opening all at the same time while new deadlines come and go at record speed. This will not be a time for the faint of heart as the pace of condensing several months of a typical NFL offseason into a couple of weeks will test all of our ability to keep up with the latest information. So with that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the anticipated effects that this lockout shortened offseason will have on fantasy football for 2011. Keep these thoughts in mind as fantasy seasons start to quickly return to the business of fantasy football:

1) Free Agency: There are many good players that are going to be available for Free Agency this year. Some of them we know like DeAngelo Williams but others we may not be so ufabet ติดต่อ sure of under the new CBA rules. That will take some time to figure out over the next two days however, with that being said, I do not anticipate a lot of movement in Free Agency this season. Sometimes we forget that these players that we love to root for or against are not machines but are regular human beings who often have families that they need to take care of. When you think about it that way, it may be awful tough for many of these guys to find out where they are going to be playing in the next week or so and then relocate their family to another part of the country, find a house, register the kids for school, etc. This is a practical problem that may cause many free agents to consider that the grass may not always be greener on the other team’s turf. This is one main reason why I believe you will see a lot of current free agents stay with their former teams, particularly if they are coming back to the same coaching staff and offense/defensive scheme they are accustomed to and have been successful in previously. Picking up and moving your family, meeting and getting familiar with a whole new team and playbook, all in a short amount of time is likely not to end well, especially when we consider that many free agents on a typical season take a year to adapt to all the change that comes with switching teams. In addition, most of the coveted free agents are used to being wined and dined but there most likely won’t even be enough time for Danny Boy to fire up his private jet in D.C. to run the numerous free agents that he is inevitably looking to sign this year. That will be a blow to their egos and make them strongly consider staying where they are instead of risking having to overcome all of these obstacles in their first year on a new team. The conclusion is, don’t expect an enormous amount of free agent movement like everyone anticipates and for those that do sign with new teams, realize that this type of acquisition is starting from a disadvantage in a normal offseason. Proceed with caution when looking to acquire one of these pl