While the NFL Playoffs are at their pinnacle as we head into Conference Championship Week, the Fantasy Football season has come to a close. Champions have been crowned, dreams dashed and Shiva blasts have echoed the streets.
So since were heading into our fantasy off-season, it is time for the end of season awards. Enjoy!
MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
There isn’t all that much to say here. The guy scored more Fantasy points than any other player in the NFL, most people drafted him in the second half of the first round of drafts, and in the 15 games he played in, his season low was 17 points. Next year he will be the first quarterback taken in most drafts and will most likely be a top 5 pick in most drafts.
Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Newton put up one of the most statistically impressive rookie campaigns in recent memory this season, passing for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns, along with running for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns. Newton went undrafted in many leagues and ended up being tied for the 3rd highest scoring fantasy player alongside Tom Brady. For this reason I was very close to making Newton my fantasy MVP as a rookie, but his day will come…very possibly next year.
QB: See MVP
RB: Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
I was very close to having LeSean McCoy in this spot, but I decided to go with Rice, and here’s why: Playoffs. In the final two weeks of the season McCoy scored 4 points in week 16 and didn’t play week 17, meaning that McCoy owners in the playoffs were without their best man. Whereas Rice got his two-dud games out of the way by week 12, and scored 18 points in week 16, and 31 points week 17, single-handedly propelling some owners to a championship victory.
WR: Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
I know I’m going to catch some flack for not having Megatron here, and believe me, it was hard not putting him here, but I think Nelson was the most valuable wideout this season for a couple reasons. First off, he didn’t get drafted until the second half of most drafts this year and finished as the second-highest scoring fantasy wideout. Also, in week 17, championship week, Nelson gave his owners a season-high 34 fantasy points. So, while Megatron did put up more total points and definitely had a season for the ages, Nelson gave owners, by far, the most bang for their buck, considering Megatron went in the first round of most drafts this year.
TE: Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
This season was the year of the tight-end as players like Gronk, fellow Patriot Aaron Hernandez, and basketball star Jimmy Graham of the Saints busted onto the scene. In his second season, Gronkowski caught 17 touchdown passes and became an integral part of one of the best offenses in the NFL. Also, he outscored the next closest tight end, Jimmy Graham, by 46 fantasy points.
Sleeper: Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
While my preseason prediction, Beanie Wells did have a very good season, I couldn’t put him here instead of Cruz. Wells was a pretty well-known player heading into this season, while the majority of NFL fans had never heard of Cruz coming into this season. Cruz ended the season as the 4th highest scoring fantasy wideout and produced five 20-plus point performances, two of which came in the heat of fantasy playoffs, weeks 16 and 17.