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Fantasy Football: Half Season Awards

With half the season in the books, the NERDS hand out their awards for MVP, ROY, Breakouts and Busts… grab your iPad and take notes!

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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 nine weeks of NFL action. I’ve also decided to add a new category that takes other things into account other than purely the leading scorers; it’s more of a traditional award sequence from the NFL or NBA. Hopefully you don’t have any regrets when reading the names, but it’s to be expected.

FANTASY AWARD LADDERS

Most Valuable Player: Cooper Kupp (LAR), Jonathan Taylor (IND), Tyreek Hill (KC)

Rookie of the Year: Ja’Marr Chase (CIN), Najee Harris (PIT), DeVonta Smith (PHI)

Breakout of the Year: Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL), Cooper Kupp (LAR), Deebo Samuel (SF)

Bust of the Year: Allen Robinson II (CHI), Miles Sanders (PHI), Julio Jones (TEN)

Honorable/Dishonorable Mentions: Derrick Henry (TEN) – Most Valuable Player, Kyle Pitts (ATL) – Rookie of the Year, Mike Williams (LAC) – Breakout of the Year, Robby Anderson (CAR) – Bust of the Year

FIRST TEAM ALL-FANTASY

QUARTERBACK: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 201.9 points per ESPN
Once again, the greatest player to ever put on a football helmet is turning back the clock. With a league-high 25 touchdowns through Week 9, Brady is on pace to match his 50 touchdown mark from the 2007 season; that number ranks second in NFL history, trailing only Peyton Manning’s 55 in 2013. With a lethal deck of cards to play with, there’s a very good chance Brady finishes as QB1 this year, as well as make some historic marks.

RUNNING BACK: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans, 193.3 points
Henry was so dominant when he played that he still holds the RB1 spot despite being injured. It’s feared that he’s going to be out for the rest of the regular season, with a possible return looming in the postseason. This injury undoubtably destroyed fantasy teams across all platforms, but time will tell just much of an impact it will have on his play and health.

WIDE RECEIVER: Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams, 235.4 points
Debatably the biggest surprise in fantasy this year, Kupp has been extraordinary thus far. He leagues the NFL in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,019), yards per game (113.2), and receiving touchdowns (10). With the Rams having eight more games to go, Kupp is on pace to rack in 1,924.6 yards which would trail only the great Calvin Johnson who had 1,964 in 2012. Being drafted around the WR15-WR20 range before the season started, Kupp has been by far the biggest steal in the draft.

TIGHT END: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, 144.8 points
Surprise. Next.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAM: Buffalo Bills, 90.0 points
Kudos to the Bills. I questioned if they would hold this spot way back at the Quarter Season mark and they have. I’ll give credit where credit is due. However, I will still stand firm on the fact they haven’t been tested consistently at all so far. They’ve only played one team that ranks Top 10 in points scored per game (Tennessee) and the Bills put up zero fantasy points against them. The next best team they played is the Chiefs who rank 15th, and the Bills put up 15 fantasy points, so good job to them. However, beyond those two teams, they’ve played only horrid offenses: PIT (23rd), MIA twice (28th), WSH (25th), Hou (32nd), and JAX (31nd). Again, credit for the Bills for getting the job done, but it’s to be expected with the easy schedule they’ve had thus far. The rest of their season will get harder though, as they play much better offenses soon: IND (8th), NO (12th), NE twice (10th), and TB (1st).

KICKER: Nick Folk, New England Patriots, 92.0 points
As a Patriots fan, I cannot express how happy I am to see Folk on here. Though I won’t repeat his nickname that us Patriots fans call him, do some thinking and you can probably infer what it is. Drew Lock got similar treatment. Folk has been a legitimate fantasy weapon, scoring double digits five times thus far from a position that really doesn’t bring much value to fantasy. The crazy part about Folk holding this position is that he’s doing it without getting many chip-shot extra point attempts. He ranks 13th in the NFL in extra point attempts with 23 while Matt Gay (K2) is ranked third with 29.

SECOND TEAM ALL-FANTASY

Quarterback: Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles, 198.64 points (3.26 behind Brady)
Running Back: Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts, 186.4 points (6.9 behind Henry)
Wide Receiver: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs, 185.1 points (50.3 behind Kupp)
Tight End: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens, 120.0 points (24.8 behind Kelce)
Defense/Special Team: Arizona Cardinals, 77.0 points (13.0 behind Bills)
Kicker: Matt Gay, Los Angeles Rams, 86.0 points (6.0 behind Folk)

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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