By: Carlos Parrilla @themayor31
My 2017 Fantasy Awards
Biggest Letdown – David Johnson (RB ARZ)
This one hits home for me as well as a lot of hopeful GM’s this year who were preparing to ride the wave of one of the leagues brightest stars. A rare number one tailback that in just his second year in 2016, and first full season as a starter went for over 2,100 total yards and 20 TDs. More impressive than the obvious stats for fantasy purposes were the 80 catches at a clip of 11 yards per grab. To lose a guy like that after being fortunate enough to roster the guy let alone take him overall one can only be classified as a monumental disappointment.
Fantasy Rookie of the Year – Alvin Kamara (RB NOS)
If you’re reading this you don’t need me to justify my choice, but just in case, here are the main reasons why this was a no-brainer. The third rounder not only put up big numbers for a non-featured back, over 1,500 total yards for 12 TDs, but also provided plenty of home run plays including 16 plays going for over 20 yards. Had it not been for the inept play calling and almost disappearance in the middle of the Chiefs run, this may not have been such an easy choice, especially since Kareem Hunt led all backs in rushing this season.
Biggest Bust of 2017 – The Seattle Backfield
This award could have easily gone to a number of disappointments in the world of fantasy this year. Guys like Julio Jones, who disappeared within the red-zone, WRs like Dez Bryant or Mike Evans, who didn’t quite live up to their billing and full potential. Instead of picking a single player who had us regretting a pick or waiver addition; I go with a backfield that showed more than anything, that numbers don’t lie. 1,629. That’s the total number of rushing yards amassed by the Seattle Seahawks this year. Four. The number of TDs totaled as a team. Russell Wilson accounted for 586 of those yards and three of those TDs, leaving the group effort of Mike Davis, Eddie Lacy, Chris Carson, J.D. McKissic, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Procise to rack up 994 yards (a few WRs added a total of 49 yards) and one score. Combined! Yes, Lacy is a perennial under achiever, and yes Carson hit the IR shortly after taking the reigns, and yes, Rawls couldn’t stay healthy, those are all valid points. But for a unit that turned up on everyone’s “must-add” boards week after week, this squad was a total bust.
Comeback Player of 2017 – Todd Gurley (RB LAR)
This award as well as Fantasy MVP could go to either of two young stars who put on a show seemingly week after week. After a more than impressive rookie year in 2015, Gurley could only rattle off 805 yards and six touchdowns during his sophomore campaign. Add a new coach with a new system and you get 2,093 total yards, 19 scores and one brilliant stretch over three games that brought eight touchdowns to clinch championships for almost anyone fortunate enough to call him their “RB1″.
Fantasy MVP – DeAndre Hopkins (WR HOU)
Now to play devil’s advocate and go against the norm. Putting a different twist to a highly opinionated subject, I give you my 2017 fantasy football MVP. Again, who could argue if you leaned towards Todd Gurley for this honor? But you can hardly blame someone for taking “Nuk” either. Putting together a season that would propel him to comeback player of the year status after a forgettable 2016, which only saw him reach the end zone four times, it can also be remembered for the highlight reel catches and toe taps you would find in just about every game. The best receiver in the game not named Antonio Brown caught 96 of a ridiculous 176 targets, and also notched double digit touchdowns. Staking claim for one of these awards with his on-field heroics, you also have to keep in mind the QB carousel filled with sub-par play, and injury he had to endure which to me, only added to that dream season you want from your WR1.