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Fantasy Football 2012: Post-Season Awards

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2012 Player Awards

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As a fun way to cap off another fantasy football season, we will take this time to hand out awards to the individuals that made 2012 such an exciting season. For me, the only thing that outdid the excitement was the number of surprises that we witnessed in 2012. We will reward those who exceeded our wildest expectations and those who performed at the highest level. The winners for each award are named in the subsequent slides.

The first award to hand out is Most Valuable Player. The nominees are the players that weren’t necessarily the top scorers but provided the most value to their owners. Selection was based on average draft position paired with performance. With that said, the nominees are: Robert Griffin III, Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris and Doug Martin.

Second, we will take the opposite perspective and name the Least Valuable Player. Similarly to how we measured MVP, this award goes to the player that held an early draft position but failed miserably to meet expectations. The nominees are: Darren McFadden, Larry Fitzgerald, Ryan Mathews and Greg Jennings.

Next we will award the player that performed at the highest level by naming him Most Outstanding Player. This award considers one thing and one thing only and that is fantasy production. The nominees are: Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Adrian Peterson.

Our fourth award acknowledges those who came back from serious injuries to perform well for their owners. As you probably expected, this award is Comeback Player of the Year. There were many doubts surrounding these players on draft day but they went on to be some of the best players overall. The nominees are: Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning and Jamaal Charles.

The final award is my personal favorite and a very prestigious one in the world of fantasy football. That award is the Waiver Find of the Year. The expectations were so low for these players entering 2012 that they went undrafted. Not only do they provide great value but these players are often the key components on championship teams. The nominees are: Russell Wilson, Knowshon Moreno, Danario Alexander, Cecil Shorts and James Jones.

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Most Valuable Player: Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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Alfred Morris was the epitome of value for fantasy owners in 2012. He went undrafted on almost every occasion but when he was selected, he averaged as the 60th running back taken. That saw him sandwiched between Ronnie Brown and Bernard Scott. From there, Morris went on to finish as the seventh highest scoring running back on the season. Not only that but Morris provided for his owners down the stretch, accumulating either 100 yards and/or a touchdown in his last five games.

Final Vote Standings: 1. Alfred Morris, 2. Adrian Peterson, 3. Robert Griffin III, 4. Doug Martin

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Least Valuable Player: Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders


Darren McFadden receives this coveted award by not only confirming how fragile he is but failing to prove himself as a top running back when on the field. McFadden averaged as the fifth running back selected on draft day but when all was said and done, finished as the 24th ranked running back. McFadden once again missed several weeks with injury. When he was on the field, he failed to demonstrate the ability that made him such a high selection. McFadden finished the season with just two touchdowns and assured that he will not be a high draft pick again.

Final Vote Standings: 1. Darren McFadden, 2. Ryan Mathews, 3. Larry Fitzgerald, 4. Greg Jennings

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Most Outstanding Player: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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Adrian Peterson receives this award in a landslide. Peterson came back better than ever after an injury that left him questionable for the start of the season. This year, Peterson once again proved that he is not human and the best running back in the game. He will finish the season with over 2,000 yards and at least 11 rushing touchdowns. He outperformed all other running backs by a significant margin with a dominating stretch to close out the season. Peterson totaled an absurd six games with at least 150 rushing yards and topped 200 yards on two occasions.

Final Vote Standings: 1. Adrian Peterson, 2. Calvin Johnson, 3. Brandon Marshall

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Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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Peyton Manning receives comeback player of the year because of his consistency and ability to return to a high level at his advanced age. Some will argue that Adrian Peterson is more deserving of this award. What separates the the two players for me is that Manning missed the entire 2011 season while Peterson was injured in the seasons final game. Although it may be more impressive that Peterson was able to return with such haste, the definition of the award is better suited for Manning. Many doubted if Manning would still be serviceable quarterback after a serious neck injury but he went on to throw for 34 touchdowns and become an MVP candidate.

Final Vote Standings: 1. Peyton Manning, 2. Adrian Peterson, 3. Jamaal Charles

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Waiver Find of the Year: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Cecil Shorts defines the award by emerging from obscurity to stardom and providing owners with great value off of the waiver wire. Shorts did not even appear on the list of players drafted in fantasy this season and for good reason. He entered 2012 as an unknown from Union College who sat third on the Jacksonville Jaguars depth chart behind Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson. Shorts made a name for himself by scoring seven touchdowns and becoming one of the most dangerous big play threats at the receiver position.

Final Vote Standings: 1. Cecil Shorts, 2. James Jones, 3. Danario Alexander, 4. Knowshon Moreno, 5. Russell Wilson