It’s the beginning of a new year, and the beginning of a new decade.
Could this be the year of the Chinstrap Ninja? The decade of the Chinstrap Ninja?
Who knows? In either case, we put out some posts this year. Actually, a lot of posts. Based on our site statistics program, readers liked some better than others.
These were the most read Chinstrap Ninjas posts of 2009:
– Thanks in large part to it’s posting at Bleacher Report and eventually Fox Sports on June 2, this post took the top spot by more than 120 views.
-In the heat of the just birthed fantasy baseball season (April 11) jzak released this gem of a trade list featuring a Chinstrap Ninja favorite, Reds 1B Joey Votto, in the headline.
– Well, those rankings were awful – Matt Forte second and Steve Slaton 10th? Feel free to make flatulence noises with your mouth, armpit or hand. Still, in preseason, every opinion on every player can make your decision easier, and there were some opinions here. Be sure to check the readers/contributors lists in the comments. (From Aug. 6)
– While simultaneously reiterating his man-crush on Matt Schaub, Jzak – ninja he is – whipped up a little love for Matt Ryan. I was totally with him on the argument, too. (From Aug. 22)
– I believe it’s painful for jzak to click the “decline selected” box on trade screens, and his admission of tradeaholicism in this article from Aug. 6 is all the proof I needed. Also, it’s got some great advice for all the other tradeaholics out there.
– Looking back on the July 23 rankings, you have to scan down to No. 9 before you find a QB that didn’t help you put up some big numbers this year. But Roethlisberger 18th? Favre 20th? Isn’t it fun to reminisce.
– With fireworks as a backdrop on July 4, a bleary-eyed jzak, talked about sleep and how three players were poised to wake from their slumber. He nailed two of them. Check it out.
– Some time ago, I reckon, jzak got burned by drafting a kicker way too early (I’m guilty myself – rookie Sebastian Janikowski! Ugh). His disapproval of selecting kickers early is an evergreen post that should be re-posted and re-read. Every. Year. I know fantasy football is over for most of you, but remind yourself why you should punt kickers. (From Aug. 14)
– As much as jzak dislikes kickers, I dislike strength of schedule hype. On Aug. 2, I presented my relatively unscientific – I’m no scientist or statistician by trade – proof that using predicted strength of schedule as a basis for ranking fantasy players is a crapshoot.
– The 10th-most read story this year was written by SockoNFL. He doesn’t work in our office – if we had an office – and he’s not on the payroll – pfffsshhh, like we have payroll – but SockoNFL is a Chinstrap Ninja. His June 30th article provided a running back strategy based on sound statistical analysis. Unfortunately, this season presented a handful of outliers into the equation. SockoNFL has promised to provide a post-mortem in the near future. I’m looking forward to it and, like any other contributions he’s willing to make in 2010, readers should too.
There it is, folks, our most read, most beloved (or hated!) articles of 2009. Hopefully, you all imbibed responsibly and had a great time ringing in the New Year. Expect more year in review, decade in review and prognostications as we barrel headfirst into this 2010 thing.