I think it's definitely the mentality to havein fantasy football. Once the season starts, you have to forget about where you drafted players and instead about what they can do for you this week and the rest of the season. Team situations and injuries change the face of the NFL landscape week to week. Players values are variable and do not reflect the static value that they had at the start of the season.
I think it does matter quite a bit for trade value. If a player is drafted high, but you can see that he's really becoming worthless you now it is definitely worth your while to shop him around instead of dropping him outright.
People do remember which players were high draft picks and can overvalue them because of it.
On the other hand, you have to remember WHY that player was so highly coveted before the season started and if those reasons are still valid. You have to think twice before making a move with such players.
In the NFL, this mentality is great in theory, but in practice the coach gets pressure to get his highest paid players on the field. There are a LOT more politics involved in real life. It's a smart philosophy, but unless you are a future hall of fame coach, you can't take it too far without having to compromise for the GM, the owner, or the fans.
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