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Run 'N' Shoot: 10 Things to Watch During the Preseason

Mark Stopa

Mark Stopa

Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.

I love the NFL. From the moment I was five years old, when I chose to go to a Bills game with my grandfather instead going to watch Star Wars (and spent the game screaming from the stands for Joe Ferguson not to hold onto the ball so long), I've always loved the NFL. For nearly as long, though, I've hated the preseason. It's boring. A tease. Almost completely irrelevant. Remember those four straight seasons the Bills made the Super Bowl? They won a total of two preseason games those four seasons. What better evidence could there be that the preseason means next to nothing?

In recent years, as fantasy football has become mainstream and fantasy football advice columns proliferate the internet, my beliefs in these regards have only increased. Every year around this time, it's the same stories. "Player X is in the best shape of his life." "Player Z lost/gained 10 pounds." Then you have the coachspeak. "We want to give Player A 8-10 touches per game." Blah, blah,

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