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Who Were the 5 Top-Owned Players on ESPN Championship Teams? A Look at Consistency in Fantasy Football

We take a look a the players that appeared on the most Fantasy Football championship rosters in 2014.

An interesting tweet popped up a couple months ago from @ESPNFantasy and it had to do with ownership levels of players on Championship teams.

Basically, the tweet shared which players were owned on the most Fantasy Football championship teams on ESPN.com in 2015.

CBSSports.com used to publish these too, but Jamey Eisenberg hasn’t posted his article about it just yet — but he promises that it’s coming, according to David Gonos.

The numbers might not seem incredibly useful, but in reality, it’s more of an interesting anecdote. One thing it absolutely does prove, however, is that Fantasy Football leagues can be won with the right waiver-wire pickups!

So with out further ado let’s break that down.

Most Popular Players on ESPN 2015 Fantasy Football Championship Teams

We examine not just how well a certain player did last season, but what we can expect from him in 2015 — and what his draft value might be this summer.

1. Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, N.Y. Giants: 31 percent

Look, I prefer the initials ODB, that being said…”Hey, hey you, baby I got your money don’t you worry!”  ODB was lights out for the last half of the season. The biggest hurdle you had was hanging on to him while he missed the first four weeks of the season. Perhaps he was a free agent in your league, and if you grabbed him off of waivers, well congrats. It’s really no shock that about a third of championship teams had him on it. He was practically unfadeable in DFS.

My prediction is that ODB will be drafted in the first round in 2015 PPR Drafts and late first round to second round in non-PPR Drafts.

2. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh: 22 percent

There wasn’t a more consistent Fantasy Football player in ’14 than Antonio Brown. Brown was first in catches, yardage, and he was second in TD receptions. Expect his ADP to skyrocket in 2015.

My prediction is that Mr. Brownstone will be a Top 5 pick in PPR leagues and a first-round pick in standard Fantasy Football leagues. He ranks as one of the top wide receivers once again.

3. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver: 22 percent

I’m kind of surprised to see C.J. Anderson on this list. Not because he wasn’t solid throughout the year, but his Fantasy playoff numbers were very, very average unless you had a championship in Week 17. I’m not entirely sure what will happen to Anderson in 2015. We know Peyton Manning will be back, so that means the running game will thrive and so will the WR corps, but who will run the ball for the Broncos? Will it be “Rugged” Ronnie Hillman? Will it be Anderson? Maybe Juwan Thompson gets in the mix because of injuries.

My prediction is that C.J. Anderson will be an early second to mid-third round pick. This all hinges on training camp news and preseason depth charts. If he is the clear-cut man I expect his ADP to rise to the end of the first.

4. DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas: 22 percent

Murray was head and shoulders above all running backs in ’14. He was tied for first in TDs. He was first in yardage and attempts, and he was absolute money in the playoffs. His reward? UNEMPLOYMENT. While it won’t take long for him to get scooped up in the free agent market, he will not be running behind the same line.

My prediction is that Murray ends up in Indianapolis and if that happens I would expect him to be drafted mid-second round in 2015.

5. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh: 18 percent

2015 Fantasy Football Rankings
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Bell is expected to miss the first two weeks in the NFL (because of a suspension) in 2015. However, I still expect him to be the No. 1 overall pick. Bell was unstoppable in ’14 and I would expect that to continue in ’15. Not only does he get rushing attempts, he also gets catches and lots of them. He is the epitome of PPR gold.

The biggest thing missing from this list is quarterbacks. Which tells you that Mark Sanchez was probably on some of the championship rosters. With NFL free agency starting, it will be worth keeping an eye on of some of these players especially DeMarco Murray and C.J. Anderson. The list also tells us that consistency is key. While the average Fantasy footballers will continue to reach for upside in their drafts, I’ll be looking to draft with more consistency in Fantasy Football.

Odell Beckham Jr. Photo Credit: Hooman Tehrani

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