Fantasy Football: Midseason Awards
After six weeks, we're right at the midpoint of fantasy football seasons, which usually run 12 or 13 weeks, before entering their playoffs.
As always, there have been some major surprises, some of these being extremely auspicious and others being extremely disappointing.
Who's been the best? The worst?
First-Round Bust: LeSean McCoy
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is not having a bad season, yet relative to where he was drafted, he's been a definite disappointment.
McCoy was a touchdown and yardage machine last season, yet this season he's been experiencing a red zone drought.
Shady has found the end zone only three times so far this season, and his yardage totals are nowhere near what they were last season at this time.
He has accumulated 25 receptions this season, so he's been salvaging some value in PPR leagues, but for the most part, owners are not happy that they spent their first overall draft pick on LeSean McCoy.
Rookie Sensation: Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III is looking like this season's Cam Newton...only better.
The former Baylor standout and Heisman Trophy winner has been tearing up the NFL and making his presence known, and he didn't waste any time in doing so.
Everyone knew that RGIII had the explosive power, playmaking awareness and strong arm to be an NFL stat machine, yet I don't think too many people were expecting this type of success from Griffin right out of the gate.
Pickup of the Year: Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph, or Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer, as he's been dubbed, has been a killer pickup for fantasy owners this season and one of the league's most consistent tight ends.
Rudolph doesn't rack up crazy yards or receptions like Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, but he came from virtually nowhere and now has scored five touchdowns in five weeks.
Tight end has been the weakest position of this year's fantasy season, yet Rudolph has been a breath of fresh air for those who picked him up from waivers and now have a consistent, double-digit starter at tight end.
Defensive Unit: Chicago Bears
Normally, picking a defense in fantasy football is a game of matchups. Many players will simply drop and add a defense every week based on opponent. To have a consistent defense is certainly a treat, and to have the Chicago Bears defense is a downright gift.
The Bears production is not even close to what the second-best unit, the Houston Texans, has put up in 2012.
The Bears defense and special teams have scored 92 fantasy points in only five games and are winning games for the Bears in the reality. That's nearly 20 points a game from defense, so they act effectively as another flex player.
Most Frustrating: Julio Jones
Julio Jones has been the ultimate tease this year; every time he gives, he takes away. Then when you get sick of him and want to bench him, he gives you some more.
He's a headache, and no fantasy owner ever quite knows how to handle these difficult cases.
His scores, by week, have been 22, 1, 12, 3, 15 and 6.
A formula right now could be to start him every OTHER week, but I suspect it won't be long before Jones frustrates us more and kills this strategy.
Player of the Year: A.J. Green
2012 is going to be remembered as A.J. Green's coming-out year, and fantasy owners are reaping the benefits of Green's hard work and success.
Green came out of the gate running and has been sprinting ever since. His weekly point totals are 7, 11, 25, 17, 12 and 25. He has six touchdowns; those are absolutely insane numbers. He's been even better in PPR leagues with his 43 receptions.
Green was drafted around the 33rd pick on average in standard leagues, which is late third round in 12-team leagues.
Excluding quarterbacks, Green has been the second-best fantasy player after Arian Foster in standard leagues with 97 points. Foster was expected to be No. 1; Green at No. 2 is a nice surprise, to say the least.
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