The problem with names in fantasy football is that they’re completely meaningless, which becomes even more true right now as the playoffs begin.
Name value is a phenomenon which exists due to historical precedent after a player has established a pattern of consistently high production. It’s debunked through a simple thought: what happened in the past is not destined to repeat in the future.
Generally this is understood, but right now during the fantasy playoffs when each roster decision is vitally important, you’ll stubbornly stick with the star players and star names, even if there are better options and matchups available elsewhere. And you’ll do that because it feels right, safe, and comfortable.
Which brings us to this question which I promise is very real and legitimate, and not at all a joke: who should you start between Tom Brady and Josh McCown?