Well, it's the offseason, and you can thankfully pull the plug on all of your fantasy football addictions.
Or can you?
Because once upon a time, all you had to worry about in the offseason was keeping Najeh Davenport out of your closet. Now, if you want an edge over your competition you're going to have to work for it.
So lets take a look at what's coming up on the NFL horizon.
March 2nd: Prior to 4 p.m. ET, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
How does it affect you? Well, you get a first look at player movement. You get to see what teams are prioritizing certain areas. Will that new coach focus on building his O-line or does he get a linebacker locked up? Nothing major, but clues as to how franchises will operate.
March 10th: 2015 league year and free agency period begins (4 p.m. ET)
We're technically still in last year. March 10th is when everything goes buck wild. It's the end of business for the 2014 season at 3:59pm. Here's what needs to be done:
Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2015 salary cap prior to 4 p.m. ET
Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation
Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2014 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit
Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2015 on all players who have option clauses in their 2014 contracts
All 2014 player contracts expire at 4 p.m. ET
What does this mean for you? It means Fantasy Football Season is underway again, baby! One of the things that separates the men from the boys is watching offseason movement. How are GMs building their teams? Which big name free agent lands where, and how can you extrapolate those moves to make your fantasy team better?
Just look at the guys last year that guessed wrong on Eric Decker.
Or remember when Robert Meachem was the next big thing in San Diego?
Or remember the people that said Emmanuel Sanders was a speed guy and not a big-body Eric Decker overlay and, thus, wouldn't amount to much in Denver?
Yeah, you don't want to be one of those guys.
It's the offseason, so you don't have to go crazy with your homework, but it's still a good time to keep one ear to the ground.
After all, you never know where the next Samkon Gado will come from.