That's the best way to describe the swift evolution of the NFL over the past five years.
This isn't your father's or even your older brother's league. It's a new time, a new era. Spread schemes, once widely accepted gimmicks peddled by Don "Air" Coryell in the 80s and used sporadically during the 90s and early 2000s, are now ordered in bulk. Even the most conservative teams have embraced it in some way. Last year's 229.7 per team per game passing yards average, the highest in history, is a product of that.
No shock, the paradigm shift has greatly impacted how fantasy owners draft, manage and succeed in the virtual game. Not long ago, if you reached for Peyton Manning in Round 1, endless ridicule was bound to follow. Unless the beneficiary of an incredible stroke of luck, you were widely considered the "dead money" dude of the league. However, last year, three quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Tom Brady, were cornerstones on championship rosters, each ranking inside the top-12 among Yahoo! MVPs. Saints rock Drew Brees and mid-draft marvel Matt Stafford were also indispensable.
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