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Exploiting the Matchups: New Year, New Running Backs

Luke Hoover

Luke Hoover has covered fantasy football for Rotowire.com since 2011 and is most proud of recommending Victor Cruz as a starter in his breakout game against the Eagles. He's a lifelong fan of Notre Dame, the Packers and, unfortunately, the Knicks.

This year marked the second time in the nine-year history of my favorite home league that I failed to make the playoffs. One of my favorite aspects of our keeper format, however, is that teams that miss the playoffs continue to play for the top draft spots for the next season. Although my team barely missed the playoffs (seriously, I can attribute three losses to a grand total of four decisions), I really didnít like my chances of winning the Leonard Fournette sweepstakes, a.k.a. the first pick. After all, a team with David Johnson, Jordan Howard and Jay Ajayi also came up just tie-breaking points shy of the playoffs. So yeah, I wasnít feeling too good about things when last weekend I had to face him for the right to draft what Iíve deemed is the mythical love child of Eric Dickerson, Bo Jackson and a centaur mixing DNA.

Quick side story: the owner of said loaded team had perhaps the most epic fantasy freakout meltdown of all time when a new rule enacted prior to our draft c

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