This year’s New Orleans Saints

The Saints last year really caught the NFL and fantasy world by surprise. This was a team known for its underachievement, despite the presence of superior talent. Their emergence was hard to see given their recent history, and especially since they had a new and younger coach who was entering his first season as the head guy. Making matters even more complicated, they had a new QB coming off a serious shoulder injury. Yet, despite all this, they were one of the best teams in the NFL.

I think the 2006 Saints were indicative of the NFL we now follow; many times, conventional wisdoms – like the ones that call for lowering your expectations when injuries are involved and new systems are installed – is disproved. Planets can align quickly at times, so teams like the ’06 Saints will continue to surprise us.

So the question now is: which team or teams will be this year’s version of the 2006 Saints?

I think a case can be made for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins were a sexy pick to make a big splash in 2006, but they fell on their faces, and are now severely under the radar. But there was a reason [...]

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