The 2nd Annual Fantasy Football Award Show by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Another great season is in the books. Some of us are hoisting trophies, while others are anguishing over some of their early decisions like drafting QB Andrew Luck in the 1st round (against my pre-season advice) As always, the NFL gives us a gamut of personalities and surprises, which must be celebrated in our 2nd Annual Fantasy Football Award Show
Onto The First Award……
• The “I Got This” Award goes to: The Running Back Class of 2015!
In 2014, the Wide Receivers Class of 2014 tore onto the NFL scene with such names as- Odell Beckham Jr, Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, Brandon Cooks, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Matthews, Martavis Bryant, Marqise Lee, Davanta Adams, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief, and John Brown. This year it was the RBs that shined, with such names as Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Jeremy Langford, Javorius Allen, Matt Jones, Cameron Artis-Payne Cobb, Karlos Williams, Ameer Abdullah, TJ Yeldon, Duke Johnson, Jay Ajayi, Tevin Coleman and David Cobb
• The “WTF” Award goes to: The Indianapolis Colts
….for selecting WR Philip Dorsett in the 1st round of the 2015 NFL Draft. A “TY HIlton” clone at 5’10”, 185 pounds, the 1st rounder was never going to be an impact on this team, and by drafting him, the Colts ignored their weak O-Line. We saw what happened to QB Andrew Luck, and to the Colts 2015 season because they did
• The “Jimmy Smith/ Keenan McCardell” Award goes to: Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns
The Jacksonville Jaguar wide receivers had 80/1400/14 Tds – 64/1030/10 TDs respectively for the 2015 season, making one of those prolific WR combos in the NFL- the pair are first teammates to have at least 600 yards receiving and six touchdowns through the first eight games since Randy Moss and Wes Welker did it for the New England Patriots in 2007
• The “Trent Richardson” Award goes to: SD RB Melvin Gordon
A preseason favorite and an often very high draft pick for fantasy football owners back in September, Gordon had the ideal situation and did NOTHING with it. He averaged a pathetic 3.4 yards per carry, and had ZERO TDs this season. ZERO!
• The “Charlie Brown…I Got A Rock” Award goes to: DEN TE Vernon Davis
One of the hottest “Waiver Wire” pick ups for Week 9 was TE Vernon Davis going from San Francisco to Denver. Up until Week 8, Davis only had 18 receptions for 194 and zero TDs. He now was in the high powered Bronco offense and the sky was the limit. WRONG
• The “I would have lost that bet” Award goes to: DAL Darren McFadden
I know that the Cowboys have the best O-Line in the NFL, and that your mother and my mother could run through the holes that were made in 2015 ( and for DeMarco Murray in 2014), but McFadden has been an unhealthy, unmotivated player for years. If someone had told me in September that he would play all 16 games this season ….I would have said “how much do you wanna bet?”
• The “I would have won that bet” Award goes to: Ex-Philly HC Chip Kelly
This guy is an arrogant nut, and getting rid of “talent” like he did ( because they wouldn’t kiss his butt every day ) isn’t a recipe for success in the NFL. ( nor is leaving a defense on the field for 3/4 of a game) ….If someone had told me in September that Kelly would have the same success in 2015, as he did in 2014….I would have said “how much do you wanna bet?”
• The “Coolest Dude” Award goes to: ARI HC Bruce Arians
First, the man knows how to coach and has been a success ever since getting his first head coaching position. Having a “cool guy coaching you” has to be big bonus for the players in Arizona
• The “Hot & Cold Faucet” Award goes to: the St. Louis wide receiver Tavon Austin
A monster for fantasy stats WHEN he does something. However, knowing when to Start/Sit this guy is the definition of futility
• The “Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde” Award goes to: Seattle Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin
Many Fantasy Football Championships were won this season with a Week 10 Waiver Wire pick up of this Seahawk. In the first 8 games, Baldwin had a 31/345/2 TDs stat line. In the final 8 games, Baldwin had a 47/724/12 TDs stat line. We know that losing RB Lynch and TE J Graham had a lot to do with this….but still
• The “Hitting Gold Early” Award goes to: ATL RB Devonta Freeman
Back in September, Freeman was just another running back to give you fantasy options, especially during the upcoming bye weeks. Instead, he was the top RB through the 1st 6 weeks, he ended the season with the 7th most rushing yards and tied with the most rushing TDs (11). If Freeman had not gotten injured in Week 9, he may have ended 2015 as the top running back in the NFL
• The “Oneders” Award ( “That Thing You Do” reference) goes to: IND Ahmad Bradshaw
On Oct. 14th, the Colts re-signed RB Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year contract. With RB Frank Gore playing at less than 100%, RB Bradshaw was slowing being incorporated into the offense, and in Week 11, he burst into fantasy relevance with 52 total yards and 2 receiving TDs. RB Bradshaw immediately became a “Week 12 Waiver Darling”. He would only touch the ball 7 more times in 2015 and on Nov. 30, 2015, the Colts placed him on IR, a place the poor guy’s been for three-straight years
• The “Miranda Rights” Award goes to: ex-DAL RB Joseph Randle
In Week 3, RB Randle had 105 total yards and 3 touchdowns in the Cowboys win over the Atlanta Falcons. Fantasy football owners thought they had their newest weapon to win a championship with. He never touched the ball after only 2 carries in Week 7, and on Nov. 25th, RB Joseph Randle was arrested at a Kansas City casino
• The “Butter-Fingers” Award goes to: TB WR Mike Evans and GB RB James Starks
WR Evans tops the NFL with 11 drops ( vs 2 others with 10) but what makes his more egregious is that many of his came in the endzone. 3 running backs actually had more fumbles than RB Starks, but Starks constantly frustrated the heck out of fantasy football owners, who thought he was about to take over running duties in Green Bay. Then he would fumble. ( GB WR Davante Adams also deserves a mention here, for this award)
and our final Award…..
• The “Johnny Immaturity” Award goes to: Johnny Manziel…for the 2nd straight year!
This imbocile, who probably should be starring in “Animal House 2″ rather than another NFL game…kept up his immature antics throughout 2015, and obviously thought he was in a “Refill Center” rather than a “Rehab Center”.
( Even into Week 17, reports surfaced that Manziel showed up to the Browns’ facility “disheveled and inebriated” )
We hope you enjoyed the show, and the entire 2015 NFL season. Can’t wait for the encore!