FANALYTICS: With samples this small, you can't even trust your own eyes

Our fantasy games have come a long way from the days of manually-compiled standings drawn from the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of USA Today. The web-enabling of our games has brought a multitude of benefits to our hobby, but also some drawbacks. And the biggest of those drawbacks may be the ready availability of league standings in the early days and weeks of the season.

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