Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Year End Awards: Wane McGarity All Stud Team/Wane McGarity Stud Of The Year

The last awards given out are the most prestigious awards given out. The players who made the most impact in our league make the elusive All Stud Team. Also, the most impactful player of the season will be named the Stud Of The Year. So without further ado....the 2015 Wane McGarity Bowl All Stud Team

Aaron Rodgers (Rocket Man)
QB Rank: 1
Overall Rank: 1
1st Selection To All Stud Team
4,428 Passing Yards, 40 Passing TD's, 7 INT's, 369 Rushing Yards, 4 Rushing TD's, 2 2PT Conversions, 4 Fumbles Lost, 423.52 Fantasy Points
Green Bay Packers v Detroit Lions : News Photo 
Once again he was the anchor for Eugene's team, leading them to a 2nd place regular season finish and a bye. Had Eugene's team not falling apart, there would've been a solid chance Eugene would've made the Finals. Surprisingly, this is Rodgers first nod to the All Stud Team. Even when he was "slumping" in real life, he was nothing but money in the fantasy world. He was by far the best QB this season and it's long overdue he gets a chance to make this squad.

Antonio Brown (Bigger Balls)
WR Rank: 3
Overall Rank: 30
3rd Selection to All Stud Team
106 Receptions, 1,284 Receiving Yards, 12 Receiving TD's, 254.30 Fantasy Points
Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers : News Photo 
The ranking is skewered because he sat out Week 17 and still only finished 2 points behind Jordy Nelson for best receiver this season. Antonio Brown once again proved just how good he is, helping Mayra get to the playoffs and making his record tying (with Gronk and Calvin Johnson) 3rd All Stud Team. This was even considered a "down" season for Brown who still finished with over 1,200 receiving yards, double digit TD's, and over 100 catches. Guy is money year in and year out.

Odell Beckham Jr. (Woe Is You)
WR Rank: 4
Overall Rank: 31
2nd Selection To All Stud Team
101 Receptions, 1,367 Receiving Yards, 10 Receiving TD's, 1 Fumble Lost, 246.10 Fantasy Points
NFL: DEC 22 Giants at Eagles : News Photo 
On paper, with all the injuries he suffered, there was no way Mike should've made the playoffs. With Odell Beckham on his squad though, he was able to sneak into the playoffs. Beckham once again had a terrific season, after a slow start, finishing with over 1,300 receiving yards, double digit TD's, and 100 receptions. It's the second time he's made the team and was well worth the 3rd pick overall for Mike.

Jordy Nelson (Light's Broken Bots)
WR Rank: 1
Overall Rank: 28
2nd Selection to All Stud Team
97 Receptions, 1,257 Receiving Yards, 14 Receiving TD's, 1 Fumble Lost, 256.20 Fantasy Points
Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers : News Photo 
It was hard deciding the 3rd Wide Receiver for this team. I typically like to pick guys who played on teams that made the playoffs, but sometimes players have seasons too good to ignore regardless of what team they are on. This was a coinflip between Nelson and Mike Evans, but since Matt's squad finished higher and Evans kinda slumped at the end of the season, I'm giving the nod to Jordy. Jordy made the inaugural 2011 squad and 5 years later, he's back! What a story. After missing all of last year with a ACL injury, Nelson came back with a vengeance this season and proved to everyone just how elite he really is. He finishes as the #1 receiver in fantasy football. Matt had a lot of problems with injuries that lost his season, Jordy did his best to keep it afloat. At the very least, there's no doubt Matt's keeping him again as a 10th round keeper.

Ezekiel Elliott (Hoosier Daddy)
RB Rank: 2
Overall Rank: 8
1st Selection to All Stud Team
1,631 Rushing Yards, 15 Rushing TD's, 32 Receptions, 363 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving TD, 1 Fumble Lost, 309.40 Fantasy Points
NFL: DEC 26 Lions at Cowboys : News Photo 
For a guy who had sooooooo much hype coming in to the season and EXCEED expectations is beyond amazing, but that's exactly what Zeke did this year. Not only has he been a vital part to the Cowboys Super Bowl run this year, but he helped Ryan have his best ever finish in his 7 years playing. Ryan finished as the highest league scorer, the best regular season record, and carried Ryan's team on his back to get Ryan to his first ever finals. He also did his very best to complete a comeback in the finals, but of no fault of his own, was benched in the 4th quarter of the meaningless game against the Lions when the game was out of hand. He led the league in rushing (even with missing Week 17) and Ryan was rewarded big time for taking a chance on him with the 2nd overall pick. Don't be surprised if he's a mainstay on this team in the foreseeable future.

Le'Veon Bell (SCLSU MudDogs)
RB Rank: 3
Overall Rank: 21
2nd Selection to All Stud Team
1,268 Rushing Yards, 7 Rushing TD's, 75 Receptions, 616 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving TD's, 1 2 PT Conversion, 1 Fumble Lost, 279.90 Fantasy Points
Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers : News Photo 
He missed 3 games due to suspension, and sat out Week 17 and STILL finished as the #3 back in fantasy football. Bell proved once again that he's one of the best backs in the league, when he's not acting like an idiot and getting suspended for stupid shit. That was the worry that came with drafting him this year. It's why Mayra reluctantly let him go. He was going to miss 3 games off the bat. Alex though, took that chance and he rode Bell all the way to his first ever Fantasy Football Championship. Bell is such a huge threat in both the running and passing game that it's impossible to contain him. Proof? Look at his playoff run. Nearly 50 points in Round 1, and nearly 30 points in the most important game of the season, the Wane McGarity Bowl. He was big time when it mattered, and was the #1 reason Alex beat Ryan this year. Scary to think what kind of monster stats, Le'Veon Bell with a full season could put up.

Travis Kelce (Rocket Man)
TE Rank: 1
Overall Rank: 61
1st Selection to All Stud Team
85 Receptions, 1,125 Receiving Yards, 4 Receiving TD's, 1 2 PT Conversion, 180.50 Fantasy Points
BRONCOS-CHIEFS week 16 : News Photo 
Tight End seemed REALLY BAD this in point, Kelce finished as the #1 Tight End in scoring this year...overall he's ranked 61. Regardless, we've been waiting for Kelce to breakout for a couple years and he just never got the real opportunity...until now. Kelce finally was more involved in the offense and took advantage of the opportunity catching 85 balls and going for over 1,100 receiving yards. The TD's were kind of lacking, but the yardage was there to more than makeup for it. It's a shame injuires stripped away any chance of Eugene making a real playoff run this season. I think a team led by Aaron Rodgers, with a healthy Julio Jones, Melvin Gordon and then having the #1 tight end in the game, Travis Kelce, could've definitely contended with both Ryan and Alex. Just a shame we'll never know what could've been.

David Johnson (No Soup For You)
RB Rank: 1
Overall Rank: 4
1st Selection to All Stud Team
1,239 Rushing Yards, 16 Rushing TD's, 80 Receptions, 879 Receiving Yards, 4 Receiving TD's, 1 2 PT conversion, 3 Fumbles Lost, 367.80 Fantasy Points
Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams : News Photo 
You can point all the fingers you want on why Leland's team underachieved so much, but one guy who did his job and more was David Johnson. There's no way he CAN'T make this team, and if this was a general award, and not league specific, David Johnson is hands down the MVP of fantasy football. All the guy did was lead all non QB players in scoring (by a WIDE margin), score 20 TD's and have over 2,000 yards rushing and receiving. It blows my mind that Leland wasn't able to make the playoffs with this guy on his roster, but he did win the Michael Wiley Loser Bowl, which means he gets to pick wherever he wants and get David Johnson some help for next season. The crazy thing about it? David Johnson is a 14th round keeper. Even if he regresses a little bit, there's no risk at all. Leland will be a force next season, and David Johnson will be the centerpiece of that team.

Wane McGarity Stud Of The Year
Ezekiel Elliott (Hoosier Daddy)
Detroit Lions v Dallas Cowboys : News Photo
  This was tough...really tough..I even thought about going Co-Studs Of The Year, but I'm really not a fan of splitting the award. Bell was beyond amazing this season and when it counted, Bell came though in the clutch big time...but so did Zeke...and Zeke had to do it in the two biggest games of Ryan's fantasy football career. Unfortunately, though Zeke came though in the Wane McGarity Bowl, Ryan still came up less than 5 points short, but he wouldn't have even been that close if hadn't been for Zeke. No, he can blame shitty Thomas Rawls and Kenny Britt for his loss, not Zeke. Overall, Zeke helped Ryan to the 2nd best regular season record in league history, and scored 30 more points than Bell (thanks to Bell's suspension, which also played a part in this decision). It's by the smallest of small margins, but Zeke gets the nod by a hair and is this year's Wane McGarity Stud of The Year.

And now this will officially wrap up Season 7 of the Wane McGarity Bowl! I hope everyone had a great time. It flew by fast and before you know'll be June again and time for Season 8!! Thanks again to everyone for playing, the league only runs, because you guys chose to play and play the right way! See yall next season!

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