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Saying Thanks – 10 Articles to a Primetime Title

jamaalcharles About a month ago I was fortunate enough to win 1st and 2nd Place in the National Fantasy Football Championship and take home in excess of $200,000. There’s obviously a lot of luck involved in owning the exact right roster combination when going against other elite teams, but where skill was a factor, a lot of credit goes to the RotoViz community. We wrote hundreds of articles in the run-up to the 2013 season. Not all of them were oracular. Some of the least prescient were probably written by me. But a lot of the work was truly incredible, and this is my piece where I try to recognize a few of those articles and say thank you to my fellow RotoViz scribes for the difference their work made in my season. These were the 10 pieces that helped change my life. They’re the pieces that helped shape my specific championship teams, but this is by no means an exhaustive list of the great work done by my friends here. I’ve heard from many readers that they also won championships as a result of these and other great RotoViz articles. I hope your season was a similar success. 10. Is Zac Stacy the Best SEC Workhorse? by Jon Moore By the time the PFF Dynasty rookie draft occurred last summer, I was so high on Zac Stacy that he was No. 2 overall on my board. Stacy had a ridiculous Agility Score, he fit a late round profile similar to Arian Foster, and his advanced college stats showed far more explosiveness than anyone was willing to give him credit for. Fortunately, Jon bothered to break down his regular college stats and show how he was an elite runner in the brutal SEC. Stacy led the conference in 2011-2012 in 10-plus carry games, finished behind only Marcus Lattimore in percentage of games with a touchdown, and behind only Knile Davis and Eddie Lacy in rushing yards per game. Here’s what Jon had to say after looking through all of the data:
It’s interesting that the two names above and two names below Stacy are the ones getting all the credit.  Meanwhile, there is Zac Stacy with no character concerns or major injuries to his name.  He’s a proven producer and a fantastic athlete that has drawn comparisons to Ray Rice here at RotoViz.  Where will he get drafted?  Who knows.  What I do know is that this skill set will make some NFL franchise very happy.
Needless to say, he made the Rams very happy indeed – after they realized what they had in him. He was also the difference-maker for my second place squad. While I prefer to use a WR in the Flex, this team ended up light at the most crucial position after I employed the unusual tactic of drafting both Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. Gronk was my Flex, but in a puff of bad injury luck, he was gone. The third running back behind Charles and Bell, Stacy ended up as an elite Flex for this squad.

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