2019 Fantasy Football Awards!
One of my favorite things to do for Fighting Chance Fantasy is our annual awards article and podcast. It's always fun to look back on the season and the see who kicked ass, who laid an egg and everything in between.
We've expanded a bit (a lot) this year, so with such a large staff, I wanted to out-source the awards in print and get everyone else's take on who they would give the awards to. Myself, Ryan and Jen Smith from The Fantasy Authority (@TheOnlyJenSmith) will be giving our winners on the Thursday Night Podcast, but I am now revealing our staff picks right here.
If you agree or disagree, make sure to let them know...especially if you disagree!!!
I encourage you to follow all of our award contributors on Twitter:
Ryan Hallam - @fightingchance
Kacey Kasem - @thekaceykasem
Kevin Tompkins - @ktompkinsii
Polka Pat - @polkapat
Brian Drake - @drakefantasy
Kari Thomas - @12ozcurlsports
Mike Riggall - @coachriggall
Gary Haddow - @garyhaddow1
Kacey Kasem - Travis Kelce, TE Kansas City
Kevin Tompkins - Patrick Mahomes, QB Kansas City
He's gonna win the NFL MVP, but he's easily the fantasy MVP as well. Mahomes finished 62 points ahead of QB2 Matt Ryan, en route to a 50 touchdown season. Not bad for a guy with an ADP in the low-100's.
Polka Pat - David Johnson, RB Arizona
There’s numerous bombed picks of disappointment this season. Kareem Hunt was all good until he went UFC on a teenage girl. Devonta Freeman, Dalvin Cook and ODB were all huge softies as well. When it comes to busts though, it’s down to two. LeVeon Bell would win, but was too greedy to even play, so the winner was a top six pick in David Johnson after he screwed many over after missing an entire season with a hand injury....2020, buyer beware.
Brian Drake - Le'Veon Bell, RB Pittsburgh
Le'Veon Bell was taken in the first round of all drafts and never played a down.
Rookie of the Year
Kari Thomas - Nick Chubb, RB Cleveland
From a dynasty perspective, Nick Chubb was a top notch pick. He performed and developed later in the season but was worth a late round pick in any fantasy draft.
Mike Riggall - Nick Chubb, RB Cleveland
Due to his ADP, if you were able to snag Nick Chubb in the later rounds, or in some cases pick him up off waivers, he most likely helped propel you into the fantasy playoffs as he carried the ball 18 or more times in seven of ten games after taking over the starting job, and added six rushing touchdowns.
Comeback Player of the Year
Gary Haddow - Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis
After a "will he play/won't he play" 2017 due to shoulder surgery, Andrew Luck finally returned to the Colts after a summer of up and down news and took back his place on the Fantasy Mantel of Elite Quarterbacks ,en route to throwing 4593 yards with 39 touchdowns and finished as fantasy's QB 4 or 5, depending on scoring.
Ryan Hallam - Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis
Steve loved to point out all year that I ranked him 30th among QBs in August. However, his shoulder looked great and the offensive line was even better. Luck was an absolute monster this year after missing all of 2017. (Editor's Note...I did love pointing that out and I did it often on our podcast.)
Best Waiver Addition of the Year
Ryan Hallam - Nick Chubb, RB Cleveland
I considered Phillip Lindsay, George Kittle and even Eric Ebron here, but Chubb is the winner. Once the Browns traded away Carlos Hyde, Chubb steamrolled through defenses all year long and nearly had a 1,000 yard season despite not starting until the middle of October. The future is so bright for this kid.
Kacey Kasem - Phillip Lindsey
Fantasy Playoffs MVP (Week 14-16)
Brian Drake - Chris Carson, RB Seattle
Four touchdowns in the playoffs and in a half-point PPR, he gave you 15, 23, and 23 points.
Kari Thomas - Christian McCaffrey, RB Carolina
Christian McCaffrey was an MVP from the get-go this season. He played up to his draft price and beyond.
Most Devastating Injury of the Year
Gary Haddow - Jerrick McKinnon, RB San Francisco
Jerrick Mckinnon was expected to be the new stud running back for offensive guru, Kyle Shanahan's 49ers ala Devonta Freeman in years past. However, his September 1st ACL tear ruined the 2018 second or third round pick as many fantasy drafts had just been completed in the days prior to his injury.
Polka Pat - Dalvin Cook, RB Minnesota
My most devastating injury was most likely Jerrick McKinnon if you drafted him before his injury, as he killed me in our Experts Shootout when my first four picks were Auto-Draft when I was out fishing. My pick though was a second/third round pick in Dalvin Cook. Most of us had high hopes in SKOL land this year as they were my preseason Super Bowl pick on the site and Dalvin Cook was quite a let down.
Best QB/WR Stack of the Year
Kevin Tompkins - Deshaun Watson/DeAndre Hopkins
I mulled over some combos like Ryan/Julio, Ben/AB, and Mahomes/Hill but ultimately, landed on QB4/WR2 in Watson and Hopkins. Hopkins was spectacular all year with no recorded drops and 115 catches. Watson fulfilled his expectations after a practice injury ended his 2017 season prematurely. This combo should be poised to be at or close to the top of the fantasy leaderboards for the next 5-7 seasons.
Mike Riggall - Patrick Mahomes/Tyreek Hill
Honorable Mention: Dak Prescott/Amari Cooper
On the high end, Pat Mahomes and Tyreek Hill were without a question the best QB/WR stack for the season, but on the lower end, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper proved to be a solid stack because after the Cowboys acquired Cooper via trade, Dak ascended, scoring multiple touchdowns in all but two games while Cooper averaged 80.5 yards per game and scored 6 touchdowns in the 9 games he played for Dallas.