Welcome to the Pack to the Fantasy’s Midseason Awards! We’re at the halfway point and I’d like to honor those who have bolstered (or dishonor those that hindered) our fantasy squads so far in 2018! As far as the voting, for the first set of awards, it was done informally via Twitter, so thanks to all of you who graciously gave your input! Before we honor those getting awards in the first half… let’s look to those we lost in the 1st half (and training camp/preseason)…
THOSE WE’VE LOST TO INJURY OR INJURED RESERVE IN 2018
TE Hunter Henry, LAC… RB Fozzy Whittaker, CAR… RB Derrius Guice, WAS… RB Robert Kelley, WAS… RB Jerick McKinnon, SF… TE Delanie Walker, TEN… TE Zach Miller, CHI… TE Tyler Eifert, CIN… WR Marqise Lee, JAX… QB Jimmy Garoppolo, SF… WR Albert Wilson, MIA… RB Rex Burkhead, NE… RB Jeremy Hill, NE… WR Ted Ginn Jr., NO… RB Shane Vereen, NO… RB Jay Ajayi, PHI… RB Marshawn Lynch, OAK… RB Bilal Powell, NYJ.. WR Will Fuller V, HOU… and a special salute to S Chris Conte (stiff arm), TB…
So without further adieu…
🏆 Fantasy MVP of the 1st Half 🏆
RB Todd Gurley, LAR – 17 votes
Also receiving votes: Alvin Kamara & Adam Thielen
He either went #1 or #2 in almost every draft, and you were expecting top level production. But quietly, Todd Gurley is on pace to reached 2,300 yards from scrimmage and 30 touchdowns. THIRTY. There’s only one player who has achieved both marks in a single season, that being LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006. Simply put, Gurley delivered everything expected of him and then some toting the ball for arguably the best offense in the NFL.
🏆Fantasy Rookie of the 1st Half 🏆
RB Saquon Barkley, NYG – 18 votes
A unanimous pick, and with good reason. Saquon Barkley was a consensus 1st round pick in fantasy drafts as a rookie and has done nothing but produce for a terrible Giants team. Barkley is 2nd in rushing yards among rookies and tops among rookies in receiving yards on the season. With paces leading him to 1,000 yards for BOTH rushing and receiving, Barkley has been well worth his draft slot and easily the best rookie so far in the 1st half.
🏆 Biggest Fantasy Breakout of the 1st Half 🏆
QB Patrick Mahomes, KC – 14 votes
Also receiving votes: Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, Mitchell Trubisky, Adam Thielen
Patrick Mahomes has some questions about how well he can do in Year 1 as the Chiefs’ starting signal-caller. Those questions have stifled, as Mahomes has answered the call and is leading the NFL in passing yards (2,526) and passing touchdowns (26). With such a diverse offense around him, along with the cannon of an arm that Mahomes possesses, the sky is the limit and is flirting with being the 1st quarterback taken in fantasy drafts next season if he continues with this run he is on.
🏆 Biggest Fantasy Disappointment of the 1st Half 🏆
RB Le’Veon Bell, PIT – 7 votes
RB Dalvin Cook, MIN – 6 votes
Also receiving votes: Jay Ajayi, Jordan Howard, Royce Freeman, Derrick Henry, Devonta Freeman
From the injury category, Dalvin Cook was taken in the front end of the 2nd round in most drafts, sneaking into the 1st round in some, and has just been incredibly unlucky so far in 2018. His hamstring flareups have frustrated and annoyed fantasy owners and caused many to bench or even get rid of him. He could be a name to watch come fantasy playoff time if the Vikings hold true to their plan of resting him until he is 100%.
As for Le’Veon Bell, who knows. This is a situation that nobody can predict, but for owners who selected him as a first rounder, all you can do is sit and wait until there is some resolution or concrete details regarding his return to the Steelers. If he does at all.
🏆 OTHER AWARDS 🏆
Best WR in a Supporting Role (Team’s WR2)
WR Tyler Boyd, CIN
Currently WR12 in fantasy, Tyler Boyd has been a revelation this season, giving Andy Dalton a second big time target along with A.J. Green.
Best RB in a Supporting Role (Team’s RB2)
RB James Conner, PIT
Does James Conner count? He counts… right? He was supposed to be the RB2, but with Le’Veon Bell’s contract situation, the RB2 becomes the RB1 and hasn’t looked back. So far, he’s been dynamite in the early going with RB5 or better weeks in 4 of the 7 weeks he’s played, including 2 RB1 finishes. The only thing stopping him is the Le’Veon Bell situation. Stay tuned.
Most likely to save your Fantasy football season (Fantasy options/trade targets with best 2nd half schedule or opportunity)
QB’s Drew Brees (NO), Russell Wilson (SEA), Case Keenum (DEN)
RB’s Philip Lindsay (DEN), Chris Carson (SEA), Mark Ingram (NO), David Johnson (ARI)
WR’s John Brown (BAL), Jordy Nelson (OAK) David Moore (SEA), Courtland Sutton (DEN) Tre’Quan Smith (NO)
TE’s Jack Doyle (IND), Ben Watson (NO), Jimmy Graham (GB), Jared Cook (OAK)
D/ST: Carolina, Washington, Seattle
These are a smattering of names that could help you in the 2nd half towards a playoff push/championship.
Most likely to turn your team into a pumpkin (Most likely to bust in the 2nd half)
RB Adrian Peterson, WAS
33 year old Adrian Peterson has been a great story, finding the fountain of youth so far (RB14). He’s been playing injured for the last few weeks with various knee/ankle/shoulder ailments, and at his advanced age, could be worrisome as the Redskins continue to surprise. He already gets very little work in the passing game, so if the Redskins were to take a backslide, Peterson would be off the field for the most part. A great story, but I’m having a bit of trepidation as the season continues.
The “Keeping The Faith” award
TE Greg Olsen, CAR
Anybody at the tight end that has a pulse and roster has considering for your tight end slot. After a 3 week absence, Greg Olsen wants you “Keeping the Faith” in him as a top 12 fantasy option, as he’s
Most Likely To Ghost Your Team
RB Carlos Hyde, JAX
Well.. it looks like he just may have already done so. Carrying mid-range RB2 value with the Cleveland Browns, Carlos Hyde was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars to shore up their run game. When Leonard Fournette finally comes back, I’m not so sure that Carlos Hyde will have any sort of defined role within the offense, other than to spell Fournette. That does not equal any sort of fantasy goodness to me.
The “Frank Gore” Award (Because he’s old… or something.)
RB Frank Gore, MIA
He’s STILL going. At 35, Frank Gore is still shouldering the load, now in Miami, where he starred for U. of Miami some 14 years ago. Leading the Dolphins in carries and rushing yards, Gore is actually due for some positive regression as far as touchdowns go. He’s had 8 red zone carries and 5 inside the 10 yard line. The only touchdown on the season for Gore was a receiving touchdown which just seems odd considering the running back roles of Gore and Kenyan Drake. Gore is a low end flex option for the rest of the season barring a Drake injury, but you rarely ever see running backs at his age getting even sporadic carries.
The “Name You Can’t Pronounce” Award
WR Key’vantanie “Keke” Coutee, HOU
I got the last name, I’m not going to even try with his actual first, so thank God it’s shortened to “Keke”,
The “Todd Heap” Award (Who I am NEVER drafting again)
WR Demaryius Thomas, DEN/HOU
The days of Demaryius Thomas as a highly sought after fantasy option are likely over. He’s on the wrong side of 30, he took a backseat to Emmanuel Sanders in Denver and now takes a backseat to Deandre Hopkins in Houston. He could be a solid hand as a secondary target, but he’s definitely not the Thomas of old.
And there you have it! Thank you all for reading! Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em will be out on Friday night! Make sure you follow @ktompkinsii!