By: Justin Lynch
Lynch gives his fantasy awards with 8 weeks down and (hopefully) 8 weeks to go.
MVP: Devonta Freeman
Freeman has far and away been this year’s MVP so far. He’s had the perfect storm that makes him truly a desireable MVP. You definitely did not have to anything near a top pick on him, making him someone who you likely were not counting on to do well. He is a running back, the most shallow and unpredictable position that makes finding consistent play nearly impossible. And, finally, he’s putting up gaudy numbers. He has 159 points to his name in standard leagues (20 average) and 199 points in PPR leagues (25 average). All signs point to Freeman being able to continue to produce the rest of the year, though, you should not expect back-to-back 30 point games, again. But, you never know with how Freeman is playing.
Honorable Mention: Tom Brady, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins
Best Middle-round selection: Tom Brady
The runner-up for fantasy MVP, Brady has been the steal of the draft. Taken far behind preseason darlings Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning, Brady has lit up the league thus far, scoring the most fantasy points in standard leagues. Brady’s revenge tour is just getting going and with Brady playing his best football, along with a healthy Gronk and Edelman, this train projects to just keep improving.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Marshall, Doug Martin, Chris Ivory
Best Waiver Wire Pickup: Gary Barnidge
Most had not even heard of Barnidge coming into this season, but six straight weeks of 16+ fantasy points in PPR leagues will get anyone’s attention, especially coming from the tight end spot. Barnidge has thrown himself among the league’s elite fantasy tight ends, being the go-to target for Josh McCown. Barnidge is second among tight ends (PPR) and is the embodiment of how deep the tight end position currently is. I struggle to believe he will keep up this pace, but I also have no reason to think he won’t.
Honorable Mention: Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer
Biggest Bust: C. J. Anderson
I’m not counting injuries here. Anderson, excluding last night’s performance, has been awful. He’s had the second-worst yards/attempt before this week’s game, only ahead of Arian Foster. Not only this, but he’s been usurped by Ronnie Hillman as the starter in Denver. Maybe this week will get him going, but for a guy who was drafted in most first rounds, and who was the top RB over the second half of last season, Anderson has been a huge disappointment.
Honorable Mention: Eddie Lacy, Jeremy Hill