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  • Season Review: WRs

    Photo Credit: Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports MVP: Justin Jefferson There is little discussion to be had about Jefferson other than that he is the best WR in football. He led the league in targets. He led the league in receptions. He led the league in receiving yards. He scored 8 touchdowns this year, which tied for the 5th most amount of touchdowns. Most importantly though, he led all fantasy WRs in scoring. JJ has never landed outside the top 10 WRs in scoring, and in just his 3rd year he was able to take the WRs scoring title. On top of the season mark, he was also able to lead all WRs in scoring from weeks 14-17, which are key fantasy playoff weeks. JJ is going to be a fantasy football gem for many years to come. HM: Devante Adams Biggest Bust: Keenan Allen It is hard to blame Keenan for this, but unfortunately he was ranked as the 12th WR in ADP coming into this year... and landed as the 53rd. Injuries and age held Allen back as he was unable to put up an 1000 yard season for the 2nd time in the past 6 years. Hopefully Allen will be able to come back next year fully healthy and return to the Justin Herbert led Chargers offense in full force. HM: Diontae Johnson Best Sleeper Pick: Christian Kirk Many people laughed at the Jaguars for signing Kirk to a hefty 4 year 72 million dollar deal, but he sure put those questions to rest after an impressive career year with Trevor Lawrence. Kirk was a big reason the Jags were able to enter the preseason, putting up career highs in receptions (84), yards (1,108), and touchdowns (8). His connection with Lawrence allowed him to land as the 14th highest scoring WR, outperforming his expectations by fantasy experts (avg. rank was WR40). The Jags put up an impressive season, and many are expecting more good things to come with Calvin Ridley joining Duval next year. HM: Tyler Lockett Waiver Wire Hero: Christian Watson At the start of the year, many would laugh at the thought of a rookie WR on the packers landing as a top WR in fantasy. Looking at Watson's stats may surprise many as well. He only caught 41 receptions for 611 yards and 9 touchdowns. He landed as WR28, but that does not do justice to what he was able to do throughout the season. In the back half of the season (about weeks 8-17), Watson was the WR9 in scoring, an impressive stretch for the young WR. Specifically, in Weeks 10-13, Watson did not score under WR6. When Watson got more involved in the offense, he flashed some explosive abilities, which should hopefully carry into next year. HM: Zay Jones The "It" Factor: Mike Evans There was no bigger moment for fantasy managers than the fantasy championship. Mike Evans had been inconsistent throughout the year, but because of his explosive ability, he was a must start every week. In Week 17 (most leagues championships) Evans put on a show. Anyone that started him in Week 17 most likely won, as Evans put managers on his back with a 10 reception, 207 yards, 3 touchdown game that landed as the WR1 in scoring, obviously. Evans inconsistency was instantly forgiven with that performance. It will be interesting to see what Evans can do next year, with speculation of Tom Brady's departure. HM: Devante Adams Rookie of the Year: Garrett Wilson A lot of rookies showed up this year. Chris Olave, Christian Watson, Treylon Burks, Johan Dotson, just to name a few. But the leader of the pack was the Jets Garrett Wilson. Despite QB issues all year long, Wilson was able to put up an 1000 yard campaign and land as the WR21 in scoring. He was able to outscore notable names such as Gabe Davis, Jerry Jeudy, Deebo Samuel, Michael Pittman Jr., Keenan Allen, and many more. The Jets future is bright, and with some more offseason improvements, it will be exciting to see the young stud continue to progress into an elite fantasy WR. HM: Chris Olave

  • Season Review: RBs

    Photo Credit: Icon Sportswire/Getty Images MVP: Austin Ekeler It is hard to argue with Austin Ekeler in this pick. Josh Jacobs put up a fantastic season but Ekeler was just unstoppable. He was the RB2 in standard, RB1 in PPR, and RB1 in half PPR. Ekeler ran for 881 yards on only 193 carries, while leading RBs in receptions, pulling in 103 for 686 yards. Ekeler also led the league in rushing + receiving touchdowns, scoring 18 times throughout the year. Ekeler was ranked as a top 3 back coming into the year, and he lived up to it. Ekeler might have been a pro bowl snub, but he has more than earned his fantasy football MVP. HM: Josh Jacobs Comeback POY: Cristian McCaffery A lot of people doubted CMC's ability to stay healthy going into this year. McCaffery's stellar 2019 year has kept his ADP high, but two consecutive years playing less than 8 games have shattered the trust of owners everywhere. CMC shattered that narrative by landing as a top 3 RB in all scoring settings this year. McCaffery rushed for 1,094 yards and 8 touchdowns, and tacked on 82 receptions for 707 yards and 4 touchdowns. The biggest factor for this bounce back was the midseason trade to San Francisco. Since his arrival at San Fran in Week 7, CMC averaged 17.3 fantasy points per game, which is ranked 3rd out of all RBs. CMC had a stellar campaign, and next year he will be on top of everyone's draft boards. HM: Saquan Barkley Best Sleeper: Josh Jacobs Josh Jacobs came into the year ranked as the 22nd best RB. Everyone had doubts on his ability to perform in a contract year. He exploded past that expectation by landing as the RB1 in standard scoring. Jacobs ran for a career high 1,608 with 12 touchdowns. Even though he was dominant on the ground, Jacobs was also able to add on a respectable 51 receptions for 395 yards. Jacobs was the clearcut lead back for the Raiders, and will likely earn himself another contract with his stellar performance. His career year set him atop the leaderboard in fantasy rankings for next year. HM: Tony Pollard Biggest Bust: Jonathon Taylor Theres no other way to put it. JT was the consensus number 1 overall pick. He ended as the 33rd RB in scoring overall. He was the 16th RB in points per game. There was a lot of factors into the decline of Taylor including bad coaching decisions, poor offensive line play, and poor QB play. That being said, JT was disappointing after a stellar season. JT is a talented enough back who should be able to turn it around, but there is going to need to be some more production before he can return to favor with fantasy managers. HM: Najee Harris Playoff MVP: Jerrick McKinnon Nobody would have been able to predict this with CEH and Pacheco ranking ahead of him at various points in the year, but McKinnon made a splash when it mattered. In the playoff weeks (15-17), McKinnon ranked 1st in PPR and Half PPR (second in Standard). During that time, McKinnon only rushed for 85 yards and 1 touchdown, but he made a huge impact in the passing game. McKinnon caught the most receptions over that period (23) had the most receiving yards (265) and the most receiving touchdowns (6). To compare, the next closest receiving yards was 172 yards and no other back had more than 2 receiving touchdowns. In Weeks 14 and 15 McKinnon was ranked RB3 and RB1, respectively, and the championship game (Week 17) he landed as the 7th highest scoring back. McKinnon was only rostered in 86% of leagues, which made him a valuable asset for anyone who payed enough attention to pick him up. HM: Christian McCaffery Waiver Wire Hero: Jamaal Williams Who will lead the league in rushing touchdowns? Most people would probably have guessed Derrick Henry, Jonathon Taylor, or Nick Chubb to start the year. If anyone would have bet Jamaal Williams they would have brought in a lot of cash. Williams ended the year as the RB9 despite having less than 1,100 total yards. To put that into perspective the only other back to not have more than 1,100 total yards in the top 15 is Zeke Elliott (RB15). Williams managed to do that by scoring 15 times. Williams landed as a top 5 RB finisher in 4 different weeks throughout the year, all of those games having multiple touchdown runs. Williams had the most attempts in the red zone out of any back, getting 7 more carries than the next closest back (Williams 53 - Ekeler 46). Williams was originally ranked as the 52nd RB in fantasy, the 145th overall player. He blew past that and was a big factor in what made the Lions a top 5 offense in the NFL. HM: Ken Walker III What Could Have Been: Breece Hall I had to include Breece Hall because he could have had an insane rookie year. The rookie back that led this year was Ken Walker, who was fantastic, but Breece Hall was bound to have a breakout. Breece Hall had his season end in Week 7 (torn ACL), but before that he was putting up insane numbers for a rookie. He had rushed for 463 yards, 4 touchdowns, and also added 218 yards and a touchdown in the air. In Weeks 5 and 6, Hall was on pace to be the sleeper back of the year, landing as the RB3 for 2 consecutive weeks. Week 5 was particularly special, as he rushed for 97 yards, but also had 100 yards receiving. On top of 197 yards off scrimmage, he also scored in that game as well. Hall was the RB8 in fantasy points per game in standard and Half PPR, and RB7 in PPR. It will be fun to see him come back healthy for the 2023 season. HM: Khalil Herbert

  • Season Review: QB's

    Photo Credit: Allen Kee / ESPN Images MVP: Patrick Mahomes II - Kansas City Chiefs Hard to argue much with this pick. Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts both deserve nods for their performances this year but the biggest performer was by far Patrick Mahomes. There were people who doubted Mahomes could take the top spot for QBs when he lost Tyreek Hill, but Mahomes squashed that idea as he led all QBs with 413.4 fantasy points this season. Not only did Mahomes throw for a career high 5,250 yards but he also threw his second most TDs. Not only was Mahomes stellar in the air, but he was also put up his second most rushing yards and a career high 4 TDs on the ground. Mahomes was not only the fantasy football MVP, but also the favorite for the NFL MVP as well. Honorable Mention: Jalen Hurts Regular Season Slinger: Jalen Hurts - Philadelphia Eagles If Jalen Hurts was able to finish out the regular season he likely would have been both the NFL MVP and the fantasy MVP. Coming into the season Hurts was ranked as the 5th QB, but Hurts was able to exceed expectations by scoring the most fantasy points per game. Hurts put up career highs all across the board with 3,701 passing yards, 35 total touchdowns, and a career high 3.67:1 passing TD:INT ratio. Hurts was the leading candidate for MVP all season long, and was on pace for the highest scoring player in all of fantasy, which outranked his 55 ADP at the beginning of the year. Honorable Mention: Patrick Mahomes Biggest Surprise: Geno Smith - Seattle Seahawks Nobody thought going into 2022 that Geno Smith would lead the Seattle Seahawks into the playoffs while Russ Wilson and the Broncos gift-wrapped Seattle with a top 5 pick. Nobody thought that Geno would land in the top 15 fantasy scoring QBs, let alone as the QB6. Geno revived his career in 2022 by destroying all his personal bests in yardage and touchdowns, as well as throwing only 11 interceptions. People may have wrote off Geno, but lucky for fantasy managers, he did not write back. Honorable Mention: Justin Fields Biggest Letdown: Justin Herbert - LA Chargers Justin Herbert was still a fantastic QB this year, dealing with inconsistent supporting casts, unfortunate injuries to skill players, a gate flood of a defense, and questionable coaching decisions, and still managing to bring the Chargers to the postseason. Unfortunately for Herbert owners, those variables do not get reflected in fantasy. Herbert was drafted as the 2nd QB in most leagues, yet failed to land in the top 10 QBs. He threw for the third most passing yards, yet threw for less TDs than Derek Carr, Tua Tagovailoa, and Aaron Rodgers. Herbert will be a prime candidate for a bounce back QB next year, as he will enter the season with healthy players, and hopefully some improvements on both ends of the ball. Honorable Mention: Russell Wilson Rising Star: Trevor Lawrence - Jacksonville Jaguars T-Law bounced back from last season, and it had much to do with a Doug Pederson led coaching staff. The front office made an investment in helping Lawrence's progression by spending some cash on Christian Kirk, Evan Engram, and Zay Jones, all of which contributed significantly to the quick breakout for Trevor. Travis Etienne emerged as the Jaguars lead back, and is going to make a jump next year as well. Lawrence beat out all of his rookie stats with 3,901 yards 24 passing TDs and only 8 interceptions, along with adding 5 touchdowns on the ground. The Jags are likely to invest in some more help for Lawrence in the draft (maybe Jaxon Smith-Njigba?), and will get Calvin Ridley back from suspension. Lawrence proved he is on the way to be a superstar QB this year, and he is ready to take that jump in 2023. Honorable Mention: Justin Fields Waiver Wire Savior: Daniel Jones - NY Giants Daniel Jones was a great pickup for most fantasy managers. He helped fantasy managers lead deep playoff runs with almost no draft capital for managers. He was available in a lot of leagues, only being owned in 64% of leagues, despite ranking 7th in fantasy scoring amongst QBs this year. Brian Daboll was able to work his QB magic on Danny Dimes, by guiding him to a new personal record for passing yards. He also set a new personal low with only 5 interceptions on the year. The so called "Vanilla Vick" was able to run for over 700 yards (More than Cam Akers, Leonard Fournette, and D'Andre Swift) as a QB and 7 touchdowns (More than Najee Harris, Joe Mixon, Rhamondre Stephenson, Travis Etienne, and more) in an impressive campaign. If Daniel Jones is still in the big apple next year, expect more big things from him. Honorable Mention: Jared Goff Playoff Performer: Tom Brady - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Brady had to overcome a lot of adversity this year, but at the ripe young age of 45, Brady was once agin able to lead a late season charge. Brady threw for the most passing yards and second most passing touchdowns in the span of weeks 14-17, all of which are key playoff weeks. In Week 17, a championship game for most leagues, Brady scored a league high 38 fantasy points. Brady is known for his clutch performances, so when it comes to crunch time, playing Brady is always a smart move. Honorable Mention: Kirk Cousins.

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