The FFL Season in Review

Updated: January 3, 2005, 4:12 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
Well, the 2004 fantasy football season is now in the books. And while some might be depressed following the end of our season, combined with the conclusion of the holiday season, there's one thing we all have to look forward to: The NFL Playoffs!

But before we consider those cherished January matchups, which will begin later in the week, or start thinking ahead to 2005, let's take a look back at the eventful year that was 2004. Presenting the top 10 stories of this fantasy football season:

10. Sink, don't swim: Let's kick off the list with the first significant story of the fantasy football season -- Ricky Williams' unexpected, shocking retirement from the NFL. Williams' decision to call it quits took everyone by surprise, from football fans to the Miami Dolphins organization to fantasy owners who immediately lost their first-round pick and received nothing in return. If you thought losing a player to a broken leg or something similar in Week 1 would be painful, imagine how owners felt when they knew by the end of July that their best player was already out for the year? Fortunately, many owners could find solace in the fact that Reuben Droughns, Jerome Bettis, Nick Goings, Derrick Blaylock and Larry Johnson -- who all finished in the top 30 at their position in FFL points -- were all likely available as free agents during the season. Miami didn't have a fallback option like that -- the Dolphins sagged to 4-12, their worst record since the 1969 merger.