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2014 Fantasy Football: Tempering Expectations

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AP disappointed after a historic 2012 season, although some of that was due to unforeseen injury. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
AP disappointed after a historic 2012 season, although some of that was due to unforeseen injury. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With just a few days left before the NFL Draft, the season is very near. We've still got a few months before most fantasy drafts take place, but for true fantasy fanatics there is no offseason - just a "less-busy" season. With that in mind, I want to take a look at some of the quarterbacks and running backs who have or will generate significant hype heading into 2014.

Some of these player options are proven, some are not. They've all got massive expectations heaped upon themselves heading into the year, and I'm here to slow that thought process down somewhat. I just want you to keep your expectations in check, as imaginations tend to run wild around this time of year.

Case in point: Adrian Peterson had a ridiculous 2012 season, which was one of the best for running backs ever in the NFL. Heading into last year most of us believed he'd go out and do it all over again in 2013, but that was not to be the case. There is no denying that 2012 was magical, but those type of seasons rarely repeat.

As you read this, realize that projections don't always meet the unrealistic expectations that we fantasy owners often set for some players. It's okay to keep those types of players on your draft board, just make sure to take step back in your player evaluations.