The Redskins' fantasy football offense
There have been dozens of jokes in the past few days about how the Redskins are amassing a killer offense, if this were 2006 and if they were playing fantasy football.The joke, I guess, is stale. It's certainly not original.
But the thing is, it's sort of true.
Check out the numbers. To make things easier, I'm just sticking with the SI.com rankings, which are easy to find. Here's how the current dream team stacks up, based on preseason fantasy rankings.
1. Larry Johnson, 8. Clinton Portis, 26. Santana Moss, 36. Donovan McNabb, 55. Willie Parker, 58. Chris Cooley.
That's six of the first 58 picks! That really is a 2006 fantasy football juggernaut.
3. Larry Johnson, 6. Willie Parker, 28. Clinton Portis, 47. Donovan McNabb, 51. Santana Moss, 87. Chris Cooley.
Still holding strong with five of the first 51 picks. Not enough 2007 fantasy football juggernaut jokes! C'mon, world!
11. Clinton Portis, 12. Larry Johnson, 32. Willie Parker, 53. Donovan McNabb, 69. Chris Cooley, 77. Santana Moss.
Hell, still holding strong! Six of the top 77 picks is still far more than the league average might suggest.
13. Clinton Portis, 41. Larry Johnson, 55. Willie Parker, 58. Donovan McNabb, 60. Santana Moss, 135. Chris Cooley
Well, that's a slide. So to summarize, Johnson's ranking has moved down three straight years. So has McNabb's. Parker's has moved down the past two years. Only Santana Moss had a higher fantasy football ranking before the 2009 season than he did before the 2007 season.
And the average ranking of these six skill guys has seen a steady decline, even before 2010. In 2006, the average was 30.7. In 2007, it was 37.0. In 2008, it was 42.3. And in 2009 it was 60.3.
(Yes, this is fantasy football. No, that doesn't have much to do with the real thing. Yes, I stole this idea from the Wall Street Journal. No, I didn't bother to check where Antwaan Randle El was ranked. Yes, I'm finally going to play Canadian fantas-eh football this year.)
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