By: Mike Fanelli @MikeSports22
Mike Fanelli’s 2017 Fantasy Awards
With Superbowl 52 wrapped up, the 2017 NFL season has officially come to an end. For fantasy owners the fantasy fun never ends, as we all started to prepare for the 2018 season as soon as week 17 ended. But, let’s all take a moment and look back at the 2017 fantasy season and give out some awards.
For the 2017 fantasy awards, I will be giving out five awards. Most valuable player (player who provided the best draft value). Rookie of the year (rookie who provided the most consistent production). Sophomore of the year (sophomore who provided the most consistent production). Best waiver wire addition (best player that wasn’t drafted in most leagues). Biggest bust of the year (player who failed to live up to his draft value the most). So without further suspense, let’s get started.
Most Valuable Player
Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints: This can’t be a surprise. Kamara was drafted as the RB59 and 170th player overall according to fantasyfootballcalculator.com. Yet despite being third on the depth chart till week five, and spitting touches with Mark Ingram, who finished as the RB6 himself, Kamara finished as the RB3 in PPR scoring. Since Adrian Peterson was traded in week five, Kamara scored 11 or more fantasy points in every game he finished for the rest of the season. Furthermore, Kamara scored 20 or more fantasy points in eight games this past season. Entering 2018 drafts, Kamara is a lock for a top ten selection in PPR scoring leagues.
Rookie of the Year
Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs: This award could easily also go to Kamara, but I like to share so Hunt is the winner. While Hunt wasn’t as big of a draft day steal, he was still taken on average as the RB15 and 28th overall player, but finished as the RB4. Hunt started off the season averaging 32.3 fantasy points per game over the first three games of the season. After coming back down to earth over his next four games averaging 15.6 fantasy points per game, he struggled for the next five weeks averaging just 8.7 fantasy points per game. However, when the fantasy playoffs rolled around, Hunt showed up, averaging 27.7 fantasy points per game from week 14 through 16. Entering 2018 drafts, Hunt should be considered a top five to seven pick as his workload should only increase with Patrick Mahomes taking over under center.
Sophomore of the Year
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles: Prior to tearing his ACL and MCL in his knee in week 14, Wentz was the favorite for NFL MVP. Wentz wasn’t drafted in most leagues and when he was, he was drafted as the QB18 on average; behind players like Eli Manning and Andy Dalton. During his 14 games this season, Wentz scored 16.5 or more fantasy points 11 times. Despite missing the last three games with the injury, Wentz finished as the QB5; scoring more fantasy points than quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger. Entering 2018 drafts, Wentz will be a double edge sword. If he is healthy and ready to go week one, then he should be drafted as the QB2 behind only Aaron Rodgers. However, if he misses the preseason or starts the season on the PUP list, fantasy owners will have to decide if taking him early is worth the risk.
Best Waiver Wire Addition
Jaguars D/ST: Despite spending big money in free agency and plenty of draft picks on the defense the past two seasons, many fantasy owners disregarded the Jaguars D/ST when drafting. On average they were the D/ST15 drafted, behind the Falcons, Eagles and Giants D/ST. Yet, the Jaguars D/ST scored 36 more fantasy points than the second highest scoring D/ST this season. Furthermore, they averaged 13 fantasy points per game, that is more than Derek Carr, Demaryius Thomas and Mike Evans. Entering the 2018 season, the Jaguars D/ST should be the first D/ST selected and maybe as early as the 11th round in 12 team leagues.
Biggest Bust of the Year
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Redskins: Fantasy owners who saw what Pryor did in Cleveland with all those horrible quarterbacks were jumping with joy when he signed with the Redskins and was working out with Kirk Cousins. However, that never panned out. Pryor scored 12.6 fantasy points in week one and 16 in week four but scored just 21.4 fantasy points in the other five games he played in. An ankle injury landed him on injured reserve in week 10, ending his season. Pryor was drafted ahead of wide receivers like Alshon Jeffery, Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams; all who finished as WR21 or better, while Pryor finished as WR106. Needless to say Pryor won’t be back with the Redskins and will need to take another one year prove it deal, this time for around $2 million dollars. Entering 2018 drafts, Pryor shouldn’t be viewed as anything more than a late round flier, depending on what team signs him.
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