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Fantasy Football: Quarter Season Awards



Fantasy Football - Cooper Kupp

It’s always fun to reflect in fantasy sports, though it can be painful in some scenarios. In this scenario, we’re going to take a look at the leading fantasy scorers through the first four weeks of NFL action. Hopefully you don’t have any regrets when reading the names, but it’s to be expected. It’s also worth noting that even though the NFL expanded the season to 18 weeks, the math is close enough to call this the “Quarter” season special. I wasn’t always the best in math class anyway.


QUARTERBACK: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs, 111.92 points per ESPN
It’s not a big surprise to see the NFL’s coverboy as the leading quarterback so far. It’s likely sustainable, as there wasn’t one outlying game that boosted his fantasy total. While the Chiefs are carrying a AFC West worst 2-2 record, Mahomes should continue to perform at an elite level.

RUNNING BACK: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans, 103.5 points
Speaking of an outlying game that boosted one’s fantasy total, let’s talk about King Henry. Week 2 saw him score 47.7 points after rushing for 182 yards and three scores. He also caught six passes for 55 yards. Extremely impressive. However, he’s averaged a mere 18.6 points every other week. That’s a stark difference from his 25.9 average on the season. Still, we know what Henry can do, so it’s tough to doubt him. However, don’t be surprised if he’s not First Team by the time midseason comes around.

WIDE RECEIVER: Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams, 102.6 points
Will Kupp stay at the top slot? I don’t know, it’s a tough call to make. Instantly, you would want to say no, but the pure volume Kupp has been getting is ridiculous as he leads the NFL in targets (46). This explosion came out of seemingly nowhere as Kupp finished as WR26 last year. Last year at this point, Amari Cooper was the leading receiver but he finished as WR15; though, to be fair, he lost Dak Prescott to injury. Time will tell if Kupp can hold this spot, but the volume and skill on all fronts is there.

TIGHT END: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, 73.2 points
Wow! What a surprise. The leading tight end for the past three years is at the top again. Next.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAM: Buffalo Bills, 53.0 points
The Bills will not hold this slot. They’ve benefited greatly from other team’s unfortunates, which will not be the case for the whole season. Sure, they shut out both the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans, but how impressive is that really? The Dolphins lost Tua Tagovailoa to injury in the first quarter, and the Texans are showcasing third round rookie David Mills under center. By the halfway mark, the Bills will have faced both the Chiefs and Titans, so other defenses will have the chance to bring their fantasy numbers up to par.

KICKER: Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens, 48.0 points
It only seems right for Tucker to be here. He’s one of the most skilled kickers of all time. I’d be happy to see him finish at the top, even though I don’t have him on any of my teams. Here’s a reference to his NFL record 66-yard field goal he hit, now let’s take a quick glance at the Second Team.


Quarterback: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals, 107.82 points (4.1 behind Mahomes)
Running Back: Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers, 86.4 points (17.1 behind Henry)
Wide Receiver: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs, 100.3 points (2.3 behind Kupp)
Tight End: Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders, 63.4 points (9.8 behind Kelce)
Defense/Special Team: Denver Broncos/New Orleans Saints, 35.0 points (18.0 behind Bills)
Kicker: Tyler Bass, Buffalo Bills, 45.0 points (3.0 behind Tucker)

Holden is a young writer with an avid passion for sports. He is currently a sophomore at CUNY Queens College. Holden has worked on multiple publications including Hardwood and Hollywood, The Knight News, and the Long Island Herald. He would prefer if you don’t mention Super Bowl 52.

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