Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wayne McGarrity All Stud Team/Stud of the Year

Here it is folks, the last awards given of the season. The Official All-Stud Team. Remember not only do stats count but overall affect on this specific fantasy league. Also I will select the Wayne McGarrity Stud of the Year. Without further ado....

QB-Cam Newton (Hoosier Daddy)
4,051 Yards Passing, 21 TD Passes, 17 INT's, 706 Rushing Yards, 14 Rushing TD's
Total Fantasy Pts Scored: 369
Overall Rank: 3
The Rookie Of The Year, Waiver Wire Pickup of The Year, and now on the All Stud Team. Yes Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees had statistically better seasons, but 14 rushing TD's and 700 rushing yards for a QB?? Also, I'm not gonna retread the whole story, but Cam Newton saved Ryan's season and because of him Ryan placed and trophied this year. Kenny and my Dad were both knocked out of the 1st round in the playoffs, so Cam gets the advantage there. In this league, Cam Newton was slightly more valuable to the team he was on so he gets the nod as the QB on the All Stud Team.

WR- Calvin Johnson (Channel 4 News Team)
1681 Receiving Yards, 16 Receiving TD's
Total Fantasy Points: 254 Points
Overall Rank: 8
Megatron started the season on fire, and despite a mini dry spell, finished the season on fire. The #1 ranked receiver in the game, Calvin and Matt Stafford had excellent chemistry as evidenced by the 1600 receiving yards and 16 TD'S. He was a big reason why Albert successfully defended his title.

WR- Jordy Nelson (Shredders)
1263 Receiving Yards, 15 receiving TD's
Total Fantasy Points: 210 Points
Overall Rank: 16
Here's a huge surprise. Nelson was actually the 2nd highest wide receiver for fantasy scoring. With so many mouths to feed in that system, it's amazing that Jordy Nelson did what he did, especially on a team that includes Greg Jennings. It was a down year fantasy wise for top tier receivers, but Nelson managed to take everyone by storm and put it elite numbers. A must on this squad.

WR-Victor Cruz (The Bad Robofies)
1536 Receiving Yards, 9 Receiving TD's
Total Fantasy Points: 198
Overall Rank: 21
Victor Cruz came from nowhere to become one of the most elite receivers in fantasy football. He even eclipsed Hakeem Nicks as quite possibly the best receiver on his team. Dad smartly snatched him up off waivers and he became Dad's best WR. He's the 4th best receiver in fantasy, not bad considering he wasn't a starter at the beginning of the season.

RB-Ray Rice (RuggedRaymontHarris)
1364 Rushing Yards, 12 rushing TD's
704 Receiving Yards, 3 receiving TD's 
Total Fantasy Points: 283
Overall Rank: 6
Trading for Ray Rice was the biggest move I could make and it paid off big time. A dual threat in the running and passing game, Rice had over 2,000 total yards and 15 TD's (he even threw for one for fun). The highest running back ranked and 6th overall best fantasy football player.

RB-LeSean McCoy (RuggedRaymontHarris)
1309 Rushing Yards, 17 Rushing TD's
315 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving TD's
Total Fantasy Points: 270
Overall Rank: 7
The 2nd half of my two headed RB monster. I drafted McCoy at #10 and he paid off big time. How I lost with these two in tow is beyond me. McCoy was a TD MONSTER, with 20 total touchdowns. Imagine what he can do if the Eagles committed even more to the run.

TE-Rob Gronkowski (The_Twin_Killers)
1327 Receiving Yards, 17 TD's
Total Fantasy Points: 233
Overall Rank: 9
 What more can be said about Gronk? He was above and beyond the best Tight End in the game and set a couple tight end records as well. Jimmy Graham was awesome as well, but Gronk was definitely the more dominant tight end.

Like I stated, it's all about team impact. Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees were better, but both teams they led didn't place in the top 3. Ryan didn't have a top 3 team without Cam and that's huge. With Cam, Ryan was not only competitive but got a bye and had a shot to win it all. He finished 3rd, but no doubt without Cam Newton, Ryan probably wouldn't even make the playoffs.

This is the final posting for this season. Congrats again to Albert for repeating as  champion. We'll see you next year!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

All Draft Day Steal Team/Draft Day Steal of the Year

It happens every year. Players outperform their draft position big time. You go back and look and go "wow I can't believe this guy was taken in the 10th round" etc. Here are the players who had a way bigger impact than their draft position would have indicated.

QB-Eli Manning (Dr. Wily's Robots)
Drafted: 11th Round (101st Overall)
# of QB's Drafted Ahead: 13
QB Rank: 6
Overall Rank: 12
Ironically, Eli was Matt's QB last season, but this season he was supposed to only serve as a backup to 3rd round pick Philip Rivers. Rivers' early season struggles led Matt to make a switch to Eli and Matt never really looked back. Eli enjoyed a tremendous season and considering he was drafted after the likes of Josh Freeman and Sam Bradford, this was hands down the QB Steal of the Year.

WR-Jordy Nelson (Shredders)
Drafted: 11th Round (109th Overall)
# of WR Drafted ahead of Nelson in 11th round alone: 4
WR Rank: 2
Overall Rank: 16
Danny Amendola, Mike Sims-Walker, Lee Evans, Hines Ward. Those are just a few names drafted over Jordy Nelson. Hell in the 11th round alone, 4 receivers were drafted before him. Kenny originally drafted him, but threw him in a package for Peyton Hillis. Big mistake. Only Calvin Johnson produced more fantasy points at the receiver position, and Nelson finished 16th overall. Not bad for waiting for 108 players to be drafted over him.

WR-Steve Smith (Salt & Vinegar Chips)
Drafted: 11th Round (105th overall)
Two Receivers taken right before him: Danny Amendola, Lee Evans
WR Rank: 6
Overall Rank: 28
This came as a huge surprise as many thought Steve Smith's fantasy usefulness was over. Originally Albert's pick. He was performing so well he was able to flip him in a deal for Tom Brady. Smith never let up and thanks for Cam Newton, he had a career resurgence and finished #6 in all receivers and was a top 30 player overall. This old dog still had a thing or two to show the world, and who knows maybe he'll do it again next year.

WR-A.J. Green (Dr. Wily's Robots)
Drafted: 13th round (121st overall)
Two Receivers Drafted Right Before Him: Johnny Knox ,Davone Bess
WR Rank: 14
Overall Rank: 54
You're not supposed to get a rookie wide receiver who contributes immediately, but Matt sure did. After Kenny Britt went down, A.J. Green slid in with no problem in Matt's lineup and never looked back. He not only led all rookie wide receivers in fantasy scoring, but finished 14th overall at that position and 54th overall.

RB-Fred Jackson (Dr. Wily's Robots)
Drafted: 12th Round (120th Overall)
Players drafted before him in the 12th round: Detroit Defense, Kyle Orton, Daniel Thomas
RB Rank: 14
Overall Rank: 41
Matt really cleaned up in the later rounds eh? Rounds 11-13 were FANTASY GOLD. This had a big chance to be steal of the year, but Jackson ended up missing 6 games due to injury. He still finished 14th overall at the RB position and 41 overall in fantasy scoring. Not bad for someone who supposed to be part of a platoon with C.J. Spiller.

RB-Marshawn Lynch (RuggedRaymontHarris)
Drafted: 10th Round (93rd Overall)
# of Running Backs Drafted Ahead of Him: 32
RB Rank: 5
Overall Rank: 19
Criminally underused and actually DROPPED by Cindy. Another candidate for steal of the year, but I only used him once (and he went off against the Eagles) because I had both LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice on my team. Beast Mode went INSANE this year and despite being drafted after 32 backs were off the board, he managed to defy expectations and finish with a RB rank of 5 and overall rank of 19. 

TE-Rob Gronkowski (The_Twin_Killers)
Drafted: 13th Round (124th Overall)
Patriot drafted before him in this round: Stephen Gostkowski (Kicker)
TE Rank: 1
Overall Rank: 9
Gronk had the best season a TE has EVER had and he was drafted in 13th round?!? I drafted MERCEDES LEWIS over him?? Wow, unbelievable. He finished as the all time leader in TE Touchdowns and Yardage, and was of course the #1 tight end in fantasy and 9th overall at any position. A TIGHT END finishing in the top 10 overall is nuts. 10 tight ends were taken ahead of him. That sure as hell will never happen again.

Draft Day Steal Of The Year
Rob Gronkowski
Yep, no brainer here.

Monday, January 2, 2012

All Waiver Wire Team/Waiver Wire Pick up of the Year

Waiver Wire Pickups are essential in fantasy football. Team are constantly scouring free agents looking for the next gem to help ride their team to a fantasy championship. Every year a handful guys break out from fantasy irrelevance to fantasy superstardom. Here's the best of this year's crop.

QB-Cam Newton (Hoosier Daddy)
Acquired: Free Agency on September 11th
 Is there any award Cam won't win? Hands down the best QB waiver wire pickup of the year. If you follow the league you know the story by now, Ryan autodrafts an injured Peyton Manning with Joe Flacco as his only backup, sees Cam Newton's 1st game was great, the rest of the league snickers, but Ryan with nothing to lose picks him and boom, you have the #2 overall scorer in fantasy football. Thanks to Cam, Ryan got a first round playoff bye, and 3rd place overall. No brainer here.

WR-Victor Cruz (The Bad Robofies)
Acquired: 1st September 27th by Leland (dropped for Nick Novak)
2nd: October 25th by Dad
 How this guy was a two time pickup is beyond me, but I guess Leland didn't believe in Cruz, as he dropped him for a kicker. Dad used his waiver claim immediately on him, and it paid off big time. Victor Cruz ended up being dad's best receiver, and helped dad to a 9 win season. 

WR-Laurent Robinson (Take Dat Wit Chu)
Acquired: November 6th
Here's a guy who came out of nowhere to become the Cowboys best receiver. While Miles Austin was out with an injury, Robinson stepped up and proved to be valuable for the Cowboys and Kenny. Kenny's decision NOT to play him in the playoffs, cost him a chance to advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

WR-Nate Washington (Salt & Vinegar Chips)
Acquired: September 25th by me (traded to Mike later in the season)
 When Kenny Britt went down with a season ending injury, I pounced on Nate Washington, knowing he was gonna be the receiver to benefit the most. He didn't last on my team long, but he was good enough to help land me Greg Jennings and on Posey's team he helped strengthen Posey's WR core. Washington finished as the 16 best reciever and 58th overall player. Not bad for a free agent pickup.

RB- Michael Bush (The Bad Robofies)
Acquired: November 2nd 
 I'm gonna give Dad credit, he did an excellent job on the waiver wire as this is his 2nd pickup to make the team. As soon as Darren McFadden went out with an injury, Michael Bush became the man and totally rejuvenated Dad's running back situation. Bush was by far Dad's best running back, and lucky for Dad, McFadden never came back and Dad was able to ride Bush all the way to the playoffs. Despite a late start, Bush still finished 30th overall in fantasy.

RB-DeMarco Murray (Take Dat Wit Chu)
Acquired: October 17th
 Even in his limited time, he was a difference maker and hadn't not been for a season ending ankle injury, no doubt he would given Kenny a solid chance at winning fantasy gold. He established the Cowboys all time rushing yards in a game record, and looked like he was the real deal. Kenny thought he had solved his RB problems, and he had, albeit only for a couple weeks. Still, when he used him, he got RB1 value.

*No Tight End met the qualifications to be included

Waiver Wire Pick-Up Of The Year
Cam Newton-QB
 Yup, like I said No Brainer