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Last Year's Bums: That Guy Killed Me Last Year

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

Last Year's Bums - NFL Style

This is a variation on a theme. We're always looking for an angle to find an underpriced asset in the market - call it a sleeper, or a buy-low, or someone under the radar. One such approach is to find players that performed below expectation last year, but don't have the conditions that caused that player to finish poorly this year. Our friend Gene McCaffrey from>WiseGuy Baseball created the term "Last Year's Bums" for this category of a player. He's found that more often than not, a player with an established level of performance that underperforms that level in a given year is likely to bounce back in the subsequent season. While Gene applied that theory to baseball, I think it works in almost any fantasy sport. To that end, I'm hoping to find a class of players to invest in that could bring you good returns based on the cost.

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