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Today, we tackle the difficult case of Evan Engram‚Äôs questionable ‚ÄĒ nay, downright criminal ‚ÄĒ acquisition of a top-five ranking in fantasy football. The defendant‚Äôs spokesman, the esteemed Matthew Betz, will likely cite Engram‚Äôs incredible rookie season as evidence of his innocence. And I admit, the evidence appears strong: the man had 64 receptions for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns, truly revelatory stats for a first-year talent at the position.
Yet, 2017 in MetLife Stadium was much like London and Paris at the beginning of Charles Dickens‚Äô A Tale of Two Cities. Namely, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the spring of hope for Engram and his young, blossoming career, but it was also the winter of despair (read: ‚Äúinjury‚ÄĚ) for everyone else in New York.
As such, if it pleases the court, I will attempt to show why Evan Engram‚Äôs suspect possession of 115 targets in 2017 was the direct result of his inflated fantasy production and why said production will dip considerably in 2018, robbing drafters of their championship dreams.