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Has Fantasy Football Really Killed the Vet?

by: JamieD On  Thursday, April 23, 2009

Antonio PierceTotal Pro Sports -  So I was watching Best Damn Sports Show Period a while back and heard an interesting claim made by Giants Linebacker Antonio Pierce.  When discussing the veteran players who were being released this off season, he stated his beliefs that because of fantasy football, and its emergence in recent years, many people have come to forget the value in a great veteran player.

I thought about this for a bit and I must say that, the man has a point.  He brought up the case of Amani Toomer and how a guy like him, although his numbers are down, still holds a great deal of value on any team as he can help younger receivers develop and you know you can always count on a guy like Toomer.

In the present context, I guess Torry Holt can be a great example, as he was let go by the Rams and has found it hard to find a home in the league, until recently signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.  It seems as though the value of the vet on the market has taken a big hit.  The bottom line now is the stat line, but when young talent needs to emerge, who will be there to teach them?  It will be interesting to see if the Jags go for Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin and use Holt to bring them up as the star receiver Jacksonville has been missing for too long.




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