How much (if any) stock do you place in concerns about players mailing it in during late-season games? Do worries about teams "quitting" affect your rankings?
I do not worry about players giving up during late season games. They are professionals and if nothing else should be trying for the best stats for their next contract negotiation. Some may take plays off but those players will do so whenever during the season, not just at the end. My rankings are more likely to reflect a downgrade for a player on a team that will clinch early and rest star players (think IND the past few years).
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Sam Hendricks is the author of Fantasy Football Guidebook, Fantasy Football Tips, Fantasy Football Basics and Fantasy Football Almanac 2010, all available at his website, http://www.ffguidebook.com/, at all major bookstores, and at http://www.amazon.com/. He is a 20-year fantasy football veteran who regularly participates in the World Championship of Fantasy Football (WCOFF), National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC) and finished 7th and 16th overall (out of 228 top players) in the 2008 and 2009 Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC).
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