Fantasy Football Week 16: Strong Closing Argument

Jamaal Charles
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Now that the 2013 fantasy season has sadly come to a close, it’s time to crown an MVP. And while there were several players who had incredible campaigns this year, there’s really only one who truly stands out. That player is Jamaal Charles, who capped his amazing season off with another dominant performance today.

Charles carried fantasy teams from day one, posting amazing numbers week after week pretty much the entire way. He had over 100 yards from scrimmage in almost every game this year and failed to score a touchdown in only three of them. He finished the regular season with 11 total touchdowns and just as fantasy owners thought they couldn’t ask him to do much more for them, he went out and had one of the most masterful fantasy playoff campaigns of all time.

He kicked it off with 158 total yards and two touchdowns in the opening round, setting the tone nicely. For the semis, well, you probably don’t need a reminder of what he did. In case you have amnesia though, he single-handedly demolished the Oakland Raiders on his way to over 200 total yards and an astounding five touchdowns, four of which were receiving TD’s. It was one of the all-time greatest fantasy performances and needless to say it carried owners right to this week’s final, where he again didn’t disappoint. He finished today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with 144 total yards and a touchdown, his final gift to his owners this season.

The only other player you could make an argument for as this season’s fantasy MVP is Peyton Manning, who set a new all-time record for most passing touchdowns in a single season this afternoon. He shredded the Houston Texans for 400 yards and three touchdowns, also capping off a completely remarkable season. That being said, at this stage there are more great fantasy quarterbacks than there are running backs. That’s what makes Charles more valuable, and your MVP for this season.

He finishes the fantasy year with just under 2000 total yards and an amazing 19 touchdowns, and having carried fantasy teams everywhere to championships. He’ll be the number one overall pick in drafts next season.

Dan Freeman is a Fantasy football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanFreeman88.