As Don Banks of SI.com writes, fantasy football seems to get more popular each year. It has become an important part of the NFL's business and important decisions are being made to cater to fantasy-minded fans.
Players seem to realize this as well.
Last month, for example, Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler was talking with reporters about how he went from a pass-catching tight end with the Falcons to more of a blocker with the Titans.
“As long as I had a role that was communicated to me, I was totally fine with it," he said. "I think it only hurt the feelings of the people that had picked me in fantasy football."
As for where Patriots players rank ...
WR Randy Moss (10th overall, 2nd receiver)
QB Tom Brady (25th overall, 4th quarterback)
RB Laurence Maroney (78th overall, 33rd running back)
WR Julian Edelman (104th overall, 39th receiver)
RB Sammy Morris (121st overall, 46th running back)
WR Wes Welker (134th overall, 56th receiver)
Welker would obviously be much higher if not for his rehabilitation from surgery of a torn ACL, and his status figures to be a question mark for fantasy football owners preparing for drafts. How high do you draft him if you're not sure he starts the season on the active roster?