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Before we start thinking fantasy baseball, lets hand out a few awards to those deserving players who helped you win your fantasy football championship.
MVP - It's a no-brainer. Michael Vick scored more in 12 games than Aaron Rodgers did in 15 and Tom Brady in 16 games. His 300 points were second overall to running back Arian Foster. The key to his winning the award is his legs. While he did throw for 3,018 and 21 touchdowns, he ran for 676 yards and nine scores. Those nine rushing touchdowns were spread over eight games so that Vick scored at least 20 points in every game he played except the Washington Redskins contest where he was injured in the first half.
Runners up: Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers
Best Bargain - On August 31st, a week before the NFL season began, Vick had a RapidDraft ADP of 316. In a 12-team league with 20 rounds, that's 240 picks. Obviously, Vick was likely not selected in your draft. He was, however, a pickup after Week 1 when Eagles starter Kevin Kolb went down with a concussion. The rest is history.
Runners up: Josh Freeman, Kyle Orton
MVP - Arian Foster is actually the easiest pick of this entire list. He opened the season with a 33-carry, 231-yard, three-touchdown performance worth 43 points and was the top running back for most of the season. His 356 fantasy points were No.1 overall in 2010, 93 points ahead of Adrian Peterson and 99 points better than consensus No.1 pick Chris Johnson.
Runners up: Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson
Best Bargain - When summer camp began, Peyton Hillis was buried on the Browns depth chart, behind rookie Montario Hardesty and Jerome Harrison. But Hardesty had ACL surgery in early September and Harrison failed to secure the job as the primary ballcarrier. When Harrison suffered a thigh injury, Hillis seized the spot and became the Browns primary offensive weapon. Hillis ran for 1,164 yards and 11 scores and also caught 60 balls for 474 yards and two scores. Considering he was a free agent pickup around Week 2, his sixth-place finish with 248 points is remarkable. Not bad for a guy with a RapidDraft ADP of 416.
Runners up: Darren McFadden, BenJarvis Green-Ellis
MVP - Roddy White was Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan's favorite target from Day 1 and that never changed over the course of the 16-game schedule. He was the top receiver in terms of targets with 179, and finished first in receptions (115) and second in yards (1,389). He edged out Brandon Lloyd for the wide receiver scoring title.
Runners up: Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe
Best Bargain - When the season began, the Denver Broncos passing game was a huge question mark. Starting quarterback Kyle Orton had never produced much and the team just drafted rookie Tim Tebow. They had a No.1 running back in Knowshon Moreno, but the receiving corps looked like a committee effort with Jabar Gaffney (ADP 120), Eddie Royal (124), rookie first-round selection Demaryius Thomas (142) and Lloyd (259). But Orton got off to a quick start, aided by the absence of Moreno from the lineup which forced him to throw early and often and Lloyd emerged from the pack as his favorite target. Lloyd ended up leading the league in receiving yards and finished second in fantasy points. Not bad for someone who in August was listed below wideout Eric Decker (who?).
Runners up: Mike Wallace, Mike Williams (Tampa Bay)
MVP - Jason Witten outlasted Antonio Gates for the tight end scoring title. Gates had a huge lead after getting off to an outstanding start, but Witten and backup quarterbacks John Kitna and Stephen McGee worked well together. While Gates played just two games after Week 8, Witten had 52 of his receptions, 540 yards and six touchdowns in that time span. Witten finished the season with 94 receptions for 1,002 yards and a league-leading 188 fantasy points.
Runners up: Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis
Best Bargain - At the start of the season, he wasn't even the No.1 tight end on his team, at least according to fantasy owners, that went to fellow rookie Aaron Hernandez. But as the season wore on, Rob Gronkowski became a factor in the Patriots passing game and finished the season sixth in tight end points with 122. Considering his ADP of 309, he was the best bargain at his position.
Runners up: Marcedes Lewis, Ben Watson
MVP - Kickers are almost impossible to predict from year to year, which is why most fantasy owners wait until late in the draft to pick one. Rob Bironas had the highest ADP at 188, but Sebastian Janikowski finished at No.1 edging out David Akers because of his big leg. Janikowski hit four kicks of 50-or-more yards to post a position-high 144 fantasy points.
Runners up: David Akers, Adam Vinatieri
Best Bargain - Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant was the 14th kicker off the board with an ADP of 238, but finished fourth among kickers with 130 points.
MVP - While the Arizona Cardinals defense led the NFL with 10 touchdowns (eight defensive, two kick returns), it was the Pittsburgh Steelers defense/special teams which grabbed the scoring title edging out the Patriots 179-173. Pittsburgh used a league-leading 48 sacks and 35 turnovers to beat out New England.
Best Bargain - The New York Jets were the first team off the board at No.130, but the best value for your fantasy choice was the Patriots at No.226. They were not very good early on but head coach Bill Belichick got them playing together down the stretch. They scored double digits in their final five games. The Patriots were just the 14th team off the board, or a backup defense when the season began.
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