Year of the Outliers
Every NFL season and hence every fantasy season is unique, but the top of 2013's player pool presented an interesting pattern - one that held up across all the key positions: there was a dominant player at the top, followed by distant second-best and then another drop-off to everyone else.
For example, Peyton Manning (5,211 passing yards, 51 pass TDs) might turn out to be the most productive fantasy quarterback ever. But after Manning, there's Drew Brees (4,781 and 35), and a fairly condensed group after that.
In fact, the difference between Manning (31.2 FPPG) and Brees (26.4) is bigger than the difference between No. 3 (Matt Stafford, 23.5 FPPG) and No. 23 (Carson Palmer, 18.8 FPPG). Put differently, if you didn't get Manning or Brees, it really didn't matter what quarterback you had, and mixing and matching was better than sticking with anyone else. Moreover, there was a huge difference between Manning and Brees.
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