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Topic: 2008 NFL Scouting Combine: To Pay Attention or Not?
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 02/23/08 07:16
So it's February and you're already jonesing for some sort of fantasy football news months before the 2008 NFL season gets started. Furiously pouring over the internet looking for early fantasy football rankings as you look to fill the hunger you already feel for our favorite hobby you find that the main things going on are the beginning rumblings of the 2008 NFL Free Agency period and a much hyped thing called the NFL Scouting Combine. The official start of the NFL's free agent frenzy doesn't start for another week so you're left with the scouting combine.
But how much can you glean, from a fantasy owner's perspective, from the combine? Not much, really. It's a lot of weights and measures and some drills, but otherwise, it offers up little of actual fantasy football help to us fantasy freaks, right now. That will change in the coming months though. What these college kids do in Indianapolis now affects where they get drafted, and who will draft them. That in turn will affect how they place in the 2008 fantasy football rankings in a few months. Right now, all rankings are just educated guesses, but they will change once these rookies find a home in the NFL. 40 yard dash times will be the stat most paid attention to by most fantasy freaks, but otherwise, what is going on isn't something the fantasy community will pay much attention to. Nor do they really need to. It's fun to watch and read about. It fills the void left behind by the conclusion of the prior season while we wait for the next really big event: the 2008 NFL Draft (which will provide a lot more fantasy football tips on individual players than the combine will). But the overall significance in terms of needing to learn about players of the NFL Scouting Combine is negligible for fantasy players.
I can't wait for something more tangible like free agency or the NFL Draft to come along. And they'll both be here soon. Very soon.
On any given Sunday any fantasy team can beat another, only to still lose Monday night.
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